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Photo of Red Dog, Brooks Range, Alaska
Red Dog, Brooks Range, AK. Photo by Tom Moore, USGS.

The Mineral Resources Program (MRP) supports data collection and research on a wide variety of nonfuel mineral resources that are important to the Nation's economic and national security. The Program's science portfolio encompasses the full spectrum of mineral resource science, allowing for a comprehensive understanding of the complete life cycle of nonfuel mineral resources and materials; this includes resource formation, discovery, production, consumption, use, recycling, and reuse, as well as an understanding of environmental issues of concern throughout the life cycle. The Mineral Resources Program is part of the USGS Energy and Minerals Mission Area.

Science Centers

Our work is conducted in five science centers.