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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

First Slide

Rich, Attractive, and Extremely Shallow

No, it's not a title for a new reality-dating TV show, but it is real science! It also describes the ideal mineral deposit.

Second Slide

New Publication on the Valmy Thrust Sheet

New study proposes model applicable to determining depth to rocks prospective for undiscovered deposits, such as Carlin-type gold deposits.

Third Slide

State Geologic Map Compilation geodatabase released!

USGS Data Series 1052 The State Geologic Map Compilation (SGMC) geodatabase of the conterminous United States represents a seamless, spatial database of 48 State geologic maps that range from 1:50,000 to 1:1,000,000 scale.

Fourth Slide

Slag-What is it Good for?

Slag. Depending on where you're from, it may be an insult, a term meaning trash, or, in our case, the waste left over from metal smelting or refining. Outside of the construction industry, it might seem that uses for slag are considered limited.

Fifth Slide

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.

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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