The USGS Mineral Resources Program delivers unbiased science and information to understand mineral resource potential, production, consumption, and how minerals interact with the environment.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.