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The USGS Mineral Resources Program delivers unbiased science and information to understand mineral resource potential, production, consumption, and how minerals interact with the environment.

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USGS Increases Public Access to Scientific Research

Available online - USGS plan to improve public access to USGS-funded science authored or co-authored by USGS and related entities, including materials published by any non-USGS entity.

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Value of U.S. Mineral Production Decreased in 2015 with Lower Metal Prices

USGS Mineral Commodity Summaries 2016 Released - annual report with 2015 mineral production data for the world and statistics for over 90 mineral commodities that are essential to the U.S. economy and national security.

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Rare Earth Element Placer Deposit Potential in the Southeastern U.S.

Newly published results of a USGS study show an approximately 40 km-wide band of sediments along the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plain in which monazite and xenotime content are relatively high. Xenotime correlation with monazite indicates a heavy rare earth element potential in coastal plain placers along the Piedmont region.

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First Ever Digital Geologic Map of Alaska Published

USGS Scientific Investigations Map 3340 Digital Geologic Map of Alaska - a new compilation to provide land users, managers, and scientists geologic information.

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Low-Level Flights in Southeast Missouri Will Look at Geology and Mineral Resources

A high-resolution airborne survey to study the rocks within the St. Francois Mountains will be conducted by U.S. Geological Survey scientists during December and January.

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Data and Information

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Mineral Resources Online Spatial Data

Interactive maps and downloadable data for regional and global Geology, Geochemistry, Geophysics, and Mineral Resources.

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Mineral Statistics and Commodity Information

Statistics and information on minerals and materials essential to the U.S. economy, the national security, and protection of the environment.

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Mineral Commodity Fact Sheets

Fact sheets on selected commodities - learn about why these commodities are important to the U.S.

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Mineral Resource of the Month

A column by USGS mineral commodity specialists featured in Earth Magazine.

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Soil Geochemical and Mineralogical Maps for the Conterminous U.S.

Geochemical and mineralogical maps for each element or mineral whose data are provided in DS-801.

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Do We Take Minerals for Granted?

Overview of the role minerals play in the everyday lives of U.S. residents.