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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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Potash Cache: USGS Study Summarizes U.S. Sources of an Essential Nutrient for Agriculture

New USGS report summarizes the primary sources of potash in the United States. Potash is an essential nutrient that, along with phosphorus and nitrogen, is used as feretilizer for growing crops.

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New Beryllium Fact Sheet

USGS Fact Sheet 2016-3081 Beryllium—A critical mineral commodity—Resources, production, and supply chain

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New Geology Map of Alaska

New map shows the generalized geology of Alaska with rock units grouped in broad categories on the basis of age and general rock type.

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Study to Uncover Yellowstone’s Subsurface Mysteries

A new study providing an unprecedented regional view of the earth’s crust beneath Yellowstone National Park will begin with a helicopter electromagnetic and magnetic (HEM) survey in November.

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Resource Nationalism in Indonesia—Effects of the 2014 Mineral Export Ban

In recent decades, Indonesia has been a major producer and exporter of several mineral commodities, including bauxite, copper concentrate, and nickel ore. This fact sheet examines the dramatic decreases in mine production after the enactment of new mining laws in 2014.

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, 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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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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Mineral Resource of the Month

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

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Do We Take Minerals for Granted?

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

National Minerals Information Center Seminars

Learn about the seminar series and how to receive seminar announcements.

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