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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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Estimates of Undiscovered Copper in Middle East Ten Times Current World Production

Think oil’s the only commodity the Middle East has in abundance? Think again!
In our most recent assessment of undiscovered copper resources, we looked at the site of the ancient Tethys Sea, and we found the potential for quite a bit of copper—180 million metric tons, more than 10 times the current annual production for the entire world!

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New Fact Sheet on Conflict Minerals

USGS Fact Sheet 2015-3075 Conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo—Gold supply chain

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USGS Scientist Featured in Video "Copper- Infinitely Recyclable"

An interview with Jane Hammarstrom, scientist with the USGS Mineral Resources Program, is featured in the video "Copper – Infinitely Recyclable" by the International Copper Association.

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New Report - Uranium Resources in Southwestern Wyoming

USGS Open-File Report 2014-1123 Uranium in the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative study area, southwestern Wyoming

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USGS Article: Mining for Metals in Society's Waste

USGS scientists discuss their work hunting for gold and other metals in unconventional places, including in sewage sludge and the waste rock from old inactive metal mines.

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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.