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Mineral resources

We constantly encounter mineral resources in our daily lives, for example in the form of construction materials or the salt we put on our food. The Swiss Geological Survey is responsible for ensuring that domestic mineral resources are used sustainably, and compiles the necessary basic data for this purpose.

Untervaz Quarry (GR)
Untervaz Quarry (GR)
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Mineral resources

Mineral resources play a central role in our lives. Many of the objects we use in our daily life are made from mineral resources, including raw materials for construction (gravel, sand, limestone, clay), metals, salt and gypsum. Adequate quantities of some of these raw materials are available in Switzerland, while others have to be imported.
The availability of domestic raw materials in Switzerland is an important factor in the country’s economic development, as well as for the protection of the environment.

The role of the Swiss Geological Survey

Together with the Geresources Switzerland Group and the cantons, as well as the business sector, other federal authorities and various universities, the Swiss Geological Survey compiles basic data relating to the reserves of natural resources and their circulation in Switzerland. The resulting data are placed at the disposal of the public in the form of reports, digital maps, models or databases.
In addition, swisstopo’s active involvement in the mineral resource projects of EuroGeoSurveys (EGS) means that it is able to collect data in accordance with international standards.

Publication

Report of the Swiss Geological Survey on the supply of non-energetic mineral resources of Switzerland - current situation and measures for long-term supply (2017, No. 11, German)


Federal Office of Topography swisstopo Seftigenstrasse 264
P.O. Box
3084 Wabern
Tel.
+41 58 469 01 11

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Relevant authority

Swiss Geological Survey
Tel. +41 58 469 05 68
E-mail

Federal Office of Topography swisstopo

Seftigenstrasse 264
P.O. Box
3084 Wabern

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