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Overview

map of copper deposits worldwide
Map of world copper deposits, from U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2014–3004. View full size image [611 KB].

The objectives of the project are:

  1. Use the results of the USGS Global Mineral Resource Assessment project to illustrate how USGS provides science in support of policy and decision-making.
  2. Maintain the data library of the Global Mineral Resource Assessment project and develop customized products. The data library can be expanded as needed, and data can readily be processed to provide some level of geology-based assessment for many other types of mineral deposits worldwide.

Project Activities

Global Assessment Results

We will publish a digital atlas highlighting individual mineral resource assessment tracts (225 plates in total) around the world for copper in porphyry and sediment-hosted deposits. The atlas will provide a summary of mineral resource estimates of potential mineral endowment for each tract, and can be used as an example of products that could be developed for other deposit types.

Global GIS and Data Library

We will evaluate other types of data that can be combined with the global mineral resource-related data using GIS to develop products that could be used to evaluate political, socio-economic, and environmental impacts of land-use decisions associated with mineral development (for example, areas of political conflict, protected areas, poverty indices, hazards, fragile ecosystems, habitats, infrastructure, fisheries, watershed issues, etc.).

For information on the data library, contact Connie Dicken.

The GIS file for each report is published with the report, all of which are accessed from http://minerals.usgs.gov/global/.

Science for Policy and Decision-Making

We will use the results of the global assessment (fact sheets, the non-technical atlas in progress) to help the World Bank, United States Agency for International Development, State Department, Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency, and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, to provide science in support of policy and decision-making.

Publications

Berger, B.R., Mars, J.C., Denning, P.D., Phillips, J.D., Hammarstrom, J.M., Zientek, M.L, Dicken, C.L., and Drew, L.J., with contributions from Alexeiev, D., Seltmann, R., and Herrington, R.J., 2014, Porphyry copper assessment of western Central Asia: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5090–N, 219 p., 8 plates, and spatial data, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20105090N.

Bookstrom, A.A., Glen, R.A., Hammarstrom, J.M., Robinson, G.R., Jr., Zientek, M.L., Drenth, B.J., Jaireth, S., Cossette, P.M., and Wallis, J.C., 2014, Porphyry copper assessment of eastern Australia: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5090–L, 160 p. and GIS data, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20105090L.

Cossette, P.M., Bookstrom, A.A., Hayes, T.S., Robinson, G.R., Jr., Wallis, J.C., and Zientek, M.L., 2014, Sandstone copper assessment of the Teniz Basin, Kazakhstan: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5090–R, 42 p., and spatial data, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20105090R.

Gray, F., Hammarstrom, J.M., Ludington, S., Zürcher, L., Nelson, C.E., Robinson, G.R., Jr., Miller, R.J., and Moring, B.C., 2014, Porphyry copper assessment of Central America and the Caribbean Basin: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5090–I, 81 p., and GIS data, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20105090I.

Hammarstrom, J.M., Bookstrom, A.A., DeMarr, M.W., Dicken, C.L., Ludington, S., Robinson, Jr., G.R., and Zientek, M.L., with contributions from Cox, D.P., Manipon, C.J.C., Rollan, L.A., Sakimoto, T., Takagi, T., and Watanabe, Y., 2014, Porphyry copper assessment of East and Southeast Asia—Philippines, Taiwan (Republic of China), Republic of Korea (South Korea), and Japan: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5090–P, 241 p., and spatial data, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20105090P.

Johnson, K.M., Hammarstrom, J.M., Zientek, M.L., and Dicken, C.L., 2014, Estimate of undiscovered copper resources of the world, 2013: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2014–3004, 3 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20143004.

Mars, J.C., 2014, Regional mapping of hydrothermally altered igneous rocks along the Urumieh-Dokhtar, Chagai, and Alborz Belts of western Asia using Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) data and Interactive Data Language (IDL) logical operators—A tool for porphyry copper exploration and assessment: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5090–O, 36 p., 10 plates, and spatial data, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20105090O.

Orris, G.J., Cocker, M.D., Dunlap, P., Wynn, Jeff, Spanski, G.T., Briggs, D.A., and Gass, L., with contributions from Bliss, J.D., Bolm, K.S., Yang, C., Lipin, B.R., Ludington, S., Miller, R.J., and Slowakiewicz, M., 2014, Potash—A global overview of evaporite-related potash resources, including spatial databases of deposits, occurrences, and permissive tracts: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5090–S, 76 p., and spatial data, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20105090S.

Zientek, M.L., Bliss, J.D., Broughton, D.W., Christie, Michael, Denning, P.D., Hayes, T.S., Hitzman, M.W., Horton, J.D., Frost-Killian, Susan, Jack, D.J., Master, Sharad, Parks, H.L., Taylor, C.D., Wilson, A.B., Wintzer, N.E., and Woodhead, Jon, 2014, Sediment-Hosted stratabound copper assessment of the Neoproterozoic Roan Group, Central African Copperbelt, Katanga Basin, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5090–T, 162 p., and spatial data, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20105090T.

Zientek, M.L., Causey, J.D., Parks, H.L., and Miller, R.J., 2014, Platinum-group elements in southern Africa—Mineral inventory and an assessment of undiscovered mineral resources: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5090–Q, 126 p. and GIS data, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20105090Q.

Zientek, M.L., Oszczepalski, Sławomir, Parks, H.L., Bliss, J.D., Borg, Gregor, Box, S.E., Denning, P.D., Hayes, T.S., Spieth, Volker, and Taylor, C.D., 2015, Assessment of undiscovered copper resources associated with the Permian Kupferschiefer, Southern Permian Basin, Europe: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5090–U, 94 p. and spatial data, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20105090U.

Zientek, M.L., Wintzer, N.E., Hayes, T.S., Parks, H.L., Briggs, D.A., Causey, J.D., Hatch, S.A., Jenkins, M.C., and Williams, D.J., 2015, Qualitative assessment of selected areas of the world for undiscovered sediment-hosted stratabound copper deposits: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5090–Y, 143 p., and spatial data, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20105090Y.

Zürcher, L., Bookstrom A.A., Hammarstrom, J.M., Mars, J.C., Ludington, S., Zientek, M.L., Dunlap, P., and Wallis, J.C., with contributions from Drew, L.J., Sutphin, D.M., Berger, B.R., Herrington, R.J., Billa, M., Kuşcu, I., Moon, C.J., and Richards, J.P., 2015, Porphyry copper assessment of the Tethys region of western and southern Asia: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5090–V, 232 p., and spatial data, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20105090V.

Zientek, M.L., Chechetkin, V.S., Parks, H.L., Box, S.E., Briggs, D.A., Cossette, P.M., Dolgopolova, A., Hayes, T.S., Seltmann, R., Syusyura, B., Taylor, C.D., and Wintzer, N.E., 2014, Assessment of undiscovered sandstone copper deposits of the Kodar-Udokan area, Russia: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5090–M, 129 p. and spatial data, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20105090M.

Abstracts

Cocker, M.D., 2013, Geology and Potash Reserves of the Upper Devonian Pripyat Basin, Belarus:  Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 45, No. 7, p. 560, https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013AM/webprogram/Paper226577.html

Dicken, Connie, and Dunlap, Pamela, 2013, The Role of GIS in the Global Mineral-Resource Assessment—a Porphyry Copper Example: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 45, No. 7, p. 559. https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013AM/webprogram/Paper231837.html

Hammarstrom, J.M., Zientek, M.L., Berger, B.R., Bookstrom, A.A., Gray, F., Ludington, S., Mihalasky, M.J., Robinson, G.R., Jr., and Zürcher, L., 2013, Undiscovered Porphyry Copper Resources—A Global Assessment: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 45, No. 7, p. 558. https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013AM/webprogram/Paper226200.html

Johnson, K.M., Hammarstrom, J.M., Zientek, M.L., and Dicken, C.L., 2014, Estimate of undiscovered copper resources of the world, 2013: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2014–3004, 3 p.

Johnson, K.M., Hammarstrom, J.M., and Zientek, M.L, 2013, Global Mineral Resource Assessments--Who Needs Them and Why? Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 45, No. 7, p. 557. https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013AM/webprogram/Paper226502.html

Ludington, Steve, Hammarstrom, J.M., and Zientek, M.L., 2013, Post-Convergent Porphyry Copper Deposits—What, Where, Why: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 45, No. 7, p. 558. https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013AM/webprogram/Paper224448.html

Mars, J.C., 2013, Using ASTER Remote Sensing Data in a Porphyry Copper Assessment: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 45, No. 7, p. 558. https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013AM/webprogram/Paper229319.html

Mihalasky, M.J., 2013, Data Availability and Quality – A Tale of Two Assessments: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 45, No. 7, p. 559. https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013AM/webprogram/Paper231696.html

Orris, G.J., Dunlap, Pamela, Cocker, M.D., and Wynn, Jeff, 2013, Challenges and Approaches to Assessing Industrial Minerals—The USGS Global Potash Assessment Databases: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 45, No. 7, p. 560. https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013AM/webprogram/Paper229799.html

Robinson, G.R., Jr, 2013, Economic Evaluation of Porphyry Copper Deposit Resource Assessment Results from the U.S. Geological Survey Global Mineral Resource Assessment: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 45, No. 7, p. 559. https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013AM/webprogram/Paper222782.html

Taylor, C.D., Bliss, J.D., Denning, P.D., Hayes, T.S., Horton, J.D., Parks, H.L., Wilson, A.B., Wintzer, N.E., and Zientek, M.L., 2013, Estimating the Undiscovered Copper Resources of the Central African Copperbelt: Results of the USGS Global Mineral Resource Assessment Project, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 45, No. 7, p. 559. https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013AM/webprogram/Paper232701.html

Zientek, M.L., Causey, J.D., Parks, H.L., and Miller, R.J., 2013, Platinum-Group Elements in Southern Africa—Mineral Inventory and an Assessment of Undiscovered Mineral Resources: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 45, No. 7, p. 560. https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013AM/webprogram/Paper225502.html

Zürcher, Lukas, Bookstrom, A.A., Hammarstrom, J.M., Mars, J.C., Ludington, Steve, Zientek, M.L., Dunlap, Pamela, and Wallis, J.C., 2013, Tectono-Magmatic Evolution and Distribution of Porphyry Cu Systems in the Central Tethys Region of Turkey, the Caucasus, Iran, and Southern Pakistan: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 45, No. 7, p. 558.  https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2013AM/webprogram/Paper224985.html

Project Contacts

Jane Hammarstrom
Phone: 703-648-6165
Email: jhammars@usgs.gov

Connie Dicken
Phone:703-648-6482
Email: cdicken@usgs.gov

Related USGS Project

Mineral Resources Program Science Priority

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