The series supercedes the earlier: Statistical summary of the mineral industry: world production, imports and exports. World Mineral Statistics volumes were issued annually for the years 1970-1974 to 1998-2002 and contained data for world production, imports and exports. This series was superceded by World Mineral Production, the first issue under the new title was for the years 1999-2003. For the years 1983-1987 to 1989-1993 supplementary volumes were issued under the title: World Mineral Production: preliminary statistics.