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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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Bringing Science to Bear at the Cinnabar Mine

At USGS, although the rocks we study are millions of years old, our scientific methods are cutting edge! Here's just one example of how we use creative problem-solving to help crystalize a solution to a complex issue.

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Mineral Resource of the Month: Fluorspar

Check out the National Mineral Information Center's monthly article in Earth magazine and learn about fluorspar production and consumption!

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Rare Earth Element Mineral Potential in the Southeastern U.S. Coastal Plain

In a newly published study, USGS scientists examine rare earth mineral resource potential within heavy mineral sands in the southeastern United States.

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Magmas to Metals

No one wants to have an active volcano in their backyard (just ask Dionisio Pulido), but ancient eroded volcanoes can sometimes be literal goldmines for mineral ores.

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Plumbing the Depths of the Great Basin

Vast mineral wealth has been discovered in the Great Basin since the 1800s. As each new generation of prospectors and geologists brings their cutting-edge tools with them, the arid ridgelines of the desert Southwest have shown more and more potential.

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.

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National Minerals Information Center

Seminar Series - view the schedule and subscribe to receive seminar announcements.

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