Nevada gold mines produce fewer ounces of gold in 2008

ELKO — A fact sheet from the Nevada Division of Minerals says Nevada gold mines produced fewer ounces of gold in 2008, 5.7 million ounces compared with 6 million ounces in 2007.

But Deputy Administrator Doug Driesner says that while production was less, value was up because of higher gold prices.

The fact sheet was presented Friday at the annual Elko Mining Expo.

It didn't break down the value of Nevada's 2008 gold production, but estimated the state's total mineral commodities for the year at $6.1 billion.

Officials say a detailed annual report on all mining in the state is being compiled.