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silver mining is the resource extraction of silver by mining. silver is found in a native form very rarely as nuggets but more usually combined with sulfur arsenic antimony or chlorine and in various ores such as argentite (ag 2 s) chlorargyrite ("horn silver" agcl) and galena (a lead ore often containing significant amounts of silver
by state alaska. in 2015 alaska was the nation's leading silver-producing state. two alaska mines were significant silver producers. the greens creek mine owned by hecla mining produced 8452153 troy ounces of silver. teck resources' red dog mine the world's largest source of zinc in 2014 produced 7.56 million troy ounces of silver as a byproduct of lead and zinc production.
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the rate at which global silver production increased over the past century is quite astonishing. when columbus arrived in america (1492) the world was only producing 7 million oz of silver a year. today the world’s largest primary silver mine fresnillo’s sauicto mine produced three times that amount in just one year (22 million oz 2016).
global silver mine production fell 2 percent in 2018 experiencing its third consecutive annual decline to 855.7 moz following supply disruptions in canada guatemala and the united states.
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the estimated global production of silver in 2018 amounted to 27000 metric tons. production of this precious metal has thus increased considerably from the production volume of 20800 in 2005.