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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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Media Advisory: Second Round of USGS Studies Begin to Define What Minerals Lie Beneath Portions of the Upper Midwest

U.S. Geological Survey scientists will conduct a high-resolution airborne survey to study the rock layers under a region of the south-central Upper Peninsula, Michigan, and parts of northeastern Wisconsin, starting in early April and lasting until as late as August.

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Special Review and Webinar Showcase Critical Minerals Research at USGS

A special review volume of the Society of Economic Geologists, featuring several papers authored and co-authored by the U.S. Geological Survey, provides a comprehensive review of the current state of knowledge for rare earth and critical elements in ore deposits.

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Media Advisory: USGS Goes Airborne to Define What Minerals Lie Beneath the Upper Midwest

Beginning in early April and continuing for approximately two weeks, the U.S. Geological Survey will conduct an aerial survey designed to scan the upper part of the earth’s crust.

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Assessment of Critical Minerals: Screening Methodology and Initial Application [PDF file, 3.4 MB]

A new report from the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) provides and applies a systematic methodology to screen for potentially critical minerals.

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USGS Assesses 39-54 Billion Metric Tons of Undiscovered Potash Resources in Central Asia

The Central Asia Salt Basin of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan has the potential to contain between 39 and 54 billion metric tons of undiscovered potash resources, according to a global mineral resource assessment led by the USGS.

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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.