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Spectroscopic Remote Sensing of Critical Mineral Resources

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Contact: Trude M. Ridley, 303-236-1373, tking@usgs.gov

To further develop and demonstrate the effectiveness of spectroscopic remote sensing data for mineral resource analysis, this task will:

  • Support method development for the remote detection and mapping of selected scarce materials in a variety of mineral and geological settings and scales through laboratory investigations and field studies;
  • Conduct laboratory studies to develop spectral standards for scarce minerals and test levels of detectability as a function of concentration and host-rock composition;
  • Apply and demonstrate the utility of spectroscopic data as a tool for identifying and mapping scarce minerals in remotely sensed data;
  • Integrate spectroscopic data (both remotely sensed and laboratory) with other datasets to better understand the geologic processes, mineralogy, geochemistry and geophysical properties of critical mineral-bearing deposits.
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