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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.

Featured Content

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Zoom, Explore, Click, Discover! Alaska Geology at your Fingertips!

New interactive map allows you to explore the geology of the state using only your web browser. Search or zoom into an area of the map and find detailed information and descriptions about the rock types and units, ages, and other geologic features in the area.

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New Uranium Mineral Named for USGS Scientist

Hundreds of new species of animals, plants, and other organisms are discovered and named every year. But did you know that dozens of minerals are discovered every year too?

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Critical Minerals Early-Warning Screening Methodology Application Update

The early warning screening methodology for potentially critical minerals has been updated to include data through 2014, and incorporates revisions and modifications to the data, where applicable.

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Helicopter Study to Map Beneath Mountain Watershed Near Crested Butte

The USGS and partners are conducting the geophysical survey to map the uppermost part of Earth's crust—often termed the Critical Zone—within the East River and adjacent areas near Crested Butte. The USGS will analyze the collected data to characterize subsurface sediment and rock properties.

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Minor Metals and Renewable Energy - Diversifying America's Energy Sources

Minor metals used in renewable energy technologies often have complex supply chains, are often produced primarily outside of the United States, and are also used in many other applications. A larger amount of minor metals will be needed in the future to support the projected increases in solar photovoltaic and wind energy production capacity.

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Use of Raw Materials in the United States From 1900 Through 2014

This fact sheet quantifies the amounts of raw materials (other than food and fuel) that have been used in the U.S. economy annually from 1900 through 2014 (115 years). It provides a broad overview of the quantity (weight) of nonfood and nonfuel materials used in the economy and illustrates the use and significance of raw nonfuel minerals in particular as building blocks of society.

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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