The USGS Mineral Resources Program delivers unbiased science and information to understand mineral resource potential, production, consumption, and how minerals interact with the environment.
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!
USGS Fact Sheet 2015-3075 Conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo—Gold supply chain
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.
USGS Open-File Report 2014-1123 Uranium in the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative study area, southwestern Wyoming
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.
Interactive maps and downloadable data for regional and global Geology, Geochemistry, Geophysics, and Mineral Resources.
Statistics and information on minerals and materials essential to the U.S. economy, the national security, and protection of the environment.
Fact sheets on selected commodities - learn about why these commodities are important to the U.S.
A column by USGS mineral commodity specialists featured in Earth Magazine.
Geochemical and mineralogical maps for each element or mineral whose data are provided in DS-801.
Overview of the role minerals play in the everyday lives of U.S. residents.