The USGS Mineral Resources Program delivers unbiased science and information to understand mineral resource potential, production, consumption, and how minerals interact with the environment.
In 2017, the United States had a net import reliance as a percentage of apparent consumption of more than 50 percent for tungsten, and tungsten is now considered a critical mineral.
In 2017, the United States had a net import reliance as a percentage of apparent consumption of 72 percent for cobalt, and cobalt is considered a critical mineral. The primary uses for cobalt are in rechargeable battery electrodes, and in superalloys used to make gas turbine engines.
Tin has not been produced in the United States since 1993 and with the United States not having any active tin reserves, the commodity has been deemed a critical strategic metal.
In 1849, the discovery of gold in California sparked one of the most famous gold rushes in history. Thousands trekked across mountainous terrain to seek the precious metal, with entire industries springing up around the rush. In fact, the desire to understand our mineral resource wealth that led to the creation of the U.S. Geological Survey was in part fueled by gold rushes like this one.
The Department of the Interior today published a list of 35 mineral commodities considered critical to the economic and national security of the United States. This list will be the initial focus of a multi-agency strategy due in August this year to implement President Donald J. Trump's Executive Order to break America's dependence on foreign minerals.
The USGS Mineral Deposit Database (USMIN) has updated its geodatabase on mine and prospect-related symbols, from the 7.5' and the 15' archive of the USGS Historical Topo Maps. Recent additions include MI, IL, IN, and WI.
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, national security, and protection of the environment.
Fact sheets on selected commodities - learn about why these commodities are important to the U.S.
Geochemical and mineralogical maps for each element or mineral whose data are provided in DS-801.
A column by USGS mineral commodity specialists featured in Earth Magazine.