Iran is underdeveloped but one of the world’s most important mineral producers in the world. Iran is ranked amongst the 15 mineral rich countries in the world holding an approximate of 68 mineral types, 37 billion tonnes of reserves and 57 billion tonnes of potential reserves. Mineral production contributes only 0.6% of GDP and this might be due to lack of infrastructure, government control over resources and legal barriers. The most mined minerals in Iran are coal, metallic minerals, sand and gravel, chemical minerals and salt. Khorosan has the most operating mines in Iran. Iran has large deposits of Zinc, which is the world’s largest mineral deposit but is underdeveloped. Other large but underdeveloped minerals include copper, Iron, uranium and lead. Iran has roughly 1% of the world’s population but holds more than 7% of the world’s total mineral reserves.

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