June 2019 - Freight Waves - Commentary by Jim Blaze -

Everything we plow, harvest or mine started as rock and evolved in time. Given enough time, solid rock exposed at the earth’s surface is broken down into rock and mineral fragments by weathering into what geologists call “surficial materials.” Laymen call it dirt, soil, rock or metallic and non-metallic minerals.

In it naturally decomposed state, these “commodities” have a low in-place utility. Move it somewhere else and its market value increases.

Multiple kinds of stone deformation are important to civilization. One is high-quality deformation such as high-grade sand. Let’s first review what is called fracking sand, or frac sand.

The second market is stone and gravel.

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