The USGS Mineral Resources Program delivers unbiased science and information to understand mineral resource potential, production, consumption, and how minerals interact with the environment.
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.
Check out the National Mineral Information Center's monthly article in Earth magazine and learn about fluorspar production and consumption!
In a newly published study, USGS scientists examine rare earth mineral resource potential within heavy mineral sands in the southeastern United States.
No one wants to have an active volcano in their backyard (just ask Dionisio Pulido), but ancient eroded volcanoes can sometimes be literal goldmines for mineral ores.
Vast mineral wealth has been discovered in the Great Basin since the 1800s. As each new generation of prospectors and geologists brings their cutting-edge tools with them, the arid ridgelines of the desert Southwest have shown more and more potential.
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.