Mineral Resources Program
The USGS Mineral Resources Program (MRP) delivers unbiased science and information to understand mineral resource potential, production, consumption, and how mineral resources interact with the environment.
The MRP funds research to address two major program functions:
The unique expertise developed by MRP over many decades in response to mineral-resource-related issues is now in demand to support applications such as public health research and remediation of natural hazards.
USGS MRP in the News
- USGS Newsroom: New Mineral Science Shows Promise for Reducing Environmental Impacts from Mining — special issue of Applied Geochemistry Environmental Geochemistry for Modern Mining (5/2015)
- Review by Lawrence D. Meinert in Science Magazine of the book Land and Wine: The French Terroir (9/19/14)
- Getting the Dirt on Soil (5/21/2014)
- Global Platinum-Group Resources Estimated at More than 150K Metric Tons (5/14/14) | pdf version [PDF file, 203 KB]
- National soil collection may unlock mysteries, research possibilities 'almost limitless' (3/29/2014)
- Value of U.S. Mineral Production Decreased in 2013 (3/14/2014)
- New Maps of Afghanistan Provide "Fingerprint" of Natural Resources (3/10/2014)
- Global Undiscovered Copper Resources Estimated at 3.5 Billion Metric Tons (3/6/2014)
- Helicopter Survey to Map Potential Mineral Resources in Southeast Missouri (3/5/2014)
What You Will Find on This Site
About the Program — How the Program began, how it is funded and evaluated, its major components and products.
About Mineral Resources Science — What MRP activities study and measure, the methodology, and its importance to the USGS.
Mineral Resources Activities — Information about current and past mineral resources activities throughout the United States.
Mineral Resources Products — Links to MRP-funded data portals and reports.