In Elazığ, there are underground sources such as gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, iron, chromium, manganese, limestone, marble, calcite, silica sand and quartzite, gypsum and decorative building stone, brick, industrial shaft, pumice, molybdenum, wolfran, mineral springs and fluorite. In 1930, with the presence of chromite deposits in Alacakaya, the chromium began to be extracted and processed here. Copper business in Maden, fluorite, silver and lead businesses in Keban and chrome business in Alacakaya were founded. One of the two ferrochrome plants located in Turkey is located in Alcakaya. There are 22 active chrome areas throughout the city.
45% of the chromium potential of Turkey, which is 26 million tons, is located in the region of Alacakaya.
One of the most important lead-zinc deposits in the region is the Keban-Simli Lead-Zinc deposit. In this area, 86,800 tones visible, 48,000 tones probable and 1,000,000 tones possible reserves were identified. 77.119 tons of Pb and 90.277 tons of Zn were detected as metal contents.
The total reserves of occurrences with Mn contents of 16-20% in Elazığ are 1.960 tones. Major iron occurrences are located in the Keban and Baskil districts. 126,270 tons of visible reserves were found in the Baskil-Karakaş iron deposits and 23,798 tons of visible reserves were found in Keban-Aşvan iron deposits.
Elazığ has 8% of Turkey's marble reserve.
Elazığ is the first city that comes to mind when you think of marble in Eastern Anatolia.
There are about 40 marble beds in Elazığ and 20 types of marble are removed from these beds. In addition, there are 25 marble processing plant and there are about 100 marble quarries. Elazığ has rosso levanto marble, yellow travertine, white travertine, red travertine, coffee travertine, petrol green, beige travertine, green onyx, white onyx, black pearl, Çermik beige, gray chipboard, fossil beige, petroleum green, Hazar beige, pink granite deposits. 90% of the marble block produced in Elazığ is exported to USA and European countries, Iraq and China. In this respect, marble processing is a high potential field for investors. Marble firms' machinery-equipment conditions and technologies are high. Elazığ, which started to produce marble in the 1980s, experienced a significant increase in the number of firms operating in the marble industry in the 2000s. Parallel to this, significant increases were experienced in marble exports. On the other side, other industrial raw materials are fluorite and limestone.
Elazığ rosso levanto marble is one of the most prestigious decoration marble in the world.