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Sections Articles - March 2002 - Volume 1, Number 1
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Program news and links to column by the Mineral Resources Program Coordinator.

Welcome to the inaugural issue of USGS Minerals News. This newsletter is designed to provide current information on the science activities funded by the Mineral Resources Program (MRP).


National Maps and Datasets for Research and Land Management

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) regional Surveys and Analysis projects are compiling, upgrading, and interpreting four digital databases for the United States: geology, geochemistry, geophysics, and mineral occurrences. The regional projects work together to define common goals, set priorities, and ensure that products conform to consistent standards and protocols. [more]

Thumbnail of national selenium map with link to article.

Got a Computer? You Too Can Prepare Custom-Made Maps

Would you like to know the location of active mines in your State and how they are spatially related to geologic and geophysical data? Need to know the location of geologic faults or unconsolidated sediments? This information and much more can be found at the Web site, [more]

Image of Mineral Resources On-line Spatial Data website and link to article describing the site.

What's Up with the Mineral Resource Databases?

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) mineral databases, Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS) and Minerals Availability System (MAS), are being merged and placed onto an Oracle platform. Find out more about these databases.

Map showing MRDS and MAS/MILS data points for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and link to article about new directions in the databases.

Front Range Infrastructure Resources Project, 1996 - 2001

Infrastructure resources are the basic physical materials needed to support the development, maintenance, and growth of a society. Natural aggregate for construction, energy for fuel, and water for domestic and commercial use are primary infrastructure resources. Indeed, wherever people live, work, and travel in the United States, infrastructure resources are critical ingredients for sustaining a thriving society and maintaining a high quality of life. [more]

Thumbnail of study area with link to article.

International Work: Mineral Systems of Northeast Asia

Although northeastern Asia is purported to have vast mineral potential, little geologic information exists in English. USGS scientists with the Mineral Systems of Northeast Asia project are working with colleagues in Russia, Mongolia, the People's Republic of China, South Korea, Japan, and the United States to fill that gap. [more]

Emblem of Mineral Systems of Northeast Asia project and link to article.

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