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Mineral Systems of Siberia, Mongolia, Northeastern China, South Korea, and Japan (Northeast Asia)

A Collaborative Project by Russian Academy of Sciences,
Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Changchun University of Earth Sciences,
the Geological Survey of Japan, and the U.S. Geological Survey

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This five-year project will provide a critical data base and companion geologic information for the USGS Mineral Resource Surveys Program (MRP), collaborators, supporters, and customers. Although the project area (cover figure) is purported to have vast mineral potential, little hard information exists in English. The project will fill that gap by providing vital basic data on major deposits, major mineral commodities, host rock geology and geophysics, and regional tectonic interpretations. Gathering of these data is critical for mineral potential analysis, land-use planning, joint resource extraction ventures, mineral-related environmental concerns, anticipating societal these tasks. This project will be closely coordinated with: (1) the newly-approved project on a Feasibility Study of Quantitative Global Mineral Resource Assessment; (2) ongoing studies of the Minerals Information Team (MIT); (3) the USGS International Activities Group; and (4) with USA Embassies and Consulates in Russia, China, Mongolia, South Korea, and Japan. W. Nokleberg will also serve part time on the new project on a Feasibility Study of Quantitative Global Mineral Resource Assessment.

The commodity studies task is principally synthesizing, analyzing, and interpreting data on past and present production, export, and import statistics of selected commodities for Russia, Mongolia, China, and the U.S., with emphasis on those commodities most important to such trade, e.g., barite, Sb, and Co. Another 15 commodities are being examined, grouped for publication purposes as precious metals, ferroalloy metals, nonferrous metals, and the chemical industrial and agricultural minerals. This task will be closely coordinated with: (1) ongoing studies of the Minerals Information Team (MIT); (2) the USGS International Activities Group; and (3) the newly-approved project on a Feasibility Study of Quantitative Global Mineral Resource Assessment.

A new task on sediment-hosted gold deposits of China will compare the geology, mineralogy, geochemistry of these deposits with similar deposits in Nevada. A comparison of the two areas will advance the understanding of the genesis of these deposits and permit an assessment the economic and environmental potential in both countries.

For more complete information view this project fact sheet in pdf format (170 KB), .pdf files may be viewed using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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