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Economic geology
Scientific study of the formation, location, and use of marketable geologic materials including fuels, metals, minerals, and water.
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PDF Preliminary Assessment of Non-Fuel Mineral Resources of Afghanistan, 2007 [More info]
Estimates of known and undiscovered copper resources total nearly 60 million metric tons of copper. Iron resources in known deposits total 2200 million metric tons of ore. Twenty mineralized areas meriting further study were identified.
PDF Rare earth elements--End use and recyclability [More info]
Rare earth element use is changing with technology. This report explains how we use them and the prospects for recycling these important commodities.
PDF Remaining recoverable petroleum in giant oil fields of the Los Angeles Basin, southern California [More info]
We estimated between 3.2 and 5.6 billion barrels of additional oil may be recovered with existing technology in this area using a probabilistic geology-based assessment methodology.
Selected Western Region Mineral Resources on-line publications [More info]
Links to digital publications on minerals and mineral resources research in the western United States.
State minerals statistics and information [More info]
Links to mineral statistics from annual Mineral Yearbooks for each state in the United States and Puerto Rico, with contacts for further information, and means to apply for e-mail subscription service for regular updates.
PDF Summaries and data packages of important areas for mineral investment and production opportunities in Afghanistan [More info]
Shows where important mineral resources are located in Afghanistan, the type of deposits there, the commodities that are present, and describes the data available to support further exploration and exploitation of these resources.
PDF Summary of the diamond resource potential and production capacity assessment of Guinea [More info]
Describes organizational process and field study used to estimate production capacity (mostly by artisanal miners) in the parts of the country likely to contain diamonds. We estimate a production capacity of 600,000 carats per year.
PDF Summary of the reconnaissance investigation of the diamond resource potential and production capacity of C├┤te d'Ivoire [More info]
Study integrating archival reports and maps, satellite imagery, and terrain modeling to estimate resource reserves of 11,200,000 carats in two regions of the country.
PDF The future of rare earth elements--will these high-tech industry elements continue in short supply? [More info]
Presentation describing uses of rare earth elements, why they are important, where they occur and are produced, and aspects of the economics of production and consumption with emphasis on sites that might be developed for production.
PDF The life cycle of a mineral deposit - A teacher's guide for hands-on mineral education activities [More info]
Defines what a mineral deposit is and how a mineral deposit is identified and measured, how mineral resources are extracted, and how a mine site is reclaimed; how minerals are processed; and how we use minerals in everyday life.
PDF The principal rare earth elements deposits of the United States-A summary of domestic deposits and a global perspective [More info]
Explains the geologic setting in which these deposits are found, with information about production and the processes used to extract these valuable mineral resources.
PDF Tintina gold province study, Alaska and Yukon Territory, 2002-2007 [More info]
New discoveries and modernized extraction methods prompted renewed interest in gold deposits in this part of central Alaska, prompting a variety of studies described here.
USGS National Map of Surficial Mineralogy [More info]
Maps of exposed surface mineral groups derived from automated spectral analysis of satellite and airborne imaging systems; these data suggest areas that may contain mineral deposits of various types.
PDF Undiscovered Gas Resources in the Alum Shale, Denmark, 2013 [More info]
We estimated a mean undiscovered volume of 6.9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in this geologic unit using a geology-based assessment methodology.
Use of raw materials in the United States from 1900 through 2010 [More info]
Since the beginning of the 20th century, the types and quantities of raw materials used by U.S. manufacturers and consumers have changed over time. This fact sheet quantifies the amounts of those materials used, other than food and fuel.
PDF Water Resources and Natural Gas Production from the Marcellus Shale [More info]
The Marcellus shale is a black shale unit in the eastern US. It has economic use as a source of natural gas. Environmental concerns arising from the process of exploiting this resource include water supply and wastewater disposal.
Water co-produced with coalbed methane in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming: preliminary compositional data [More info]
Compositional data on water from 47 CBM wells sampled in the Powder River Basin, Wyoming. Data on major, minor, and trace elements are included.
Western Mineral Resources [More info]
Western Mineral Resources home page with links to projects to assess the mineral resources and mineral related environmental problems of the western region of the United States. Also links to products, offices, facts, FAQs and newsletter.
Western Region Mineral Resources Project listing [More info]
Links to ongoing mineral resources projects in the Western Region of the United States plus links to offices and staff of the Western Mineral Resources Team.
World Coal Quality Inventory (WoCQI) [More info]
Homepage of the World Coal Quality Inventory (WoCQI) with sample collection procedures.
World Petroleum Assessment 2000: description and results [More info]
World Petroleum Assessment 2000 estimates of the quantities of conventional oil, gas, and natural gas liquids outside the United States that have the potential to be added to reserves in the next 30 years (1995 to 2025).
World petroleum assessment [More info]
A rigorous geologic foundation for estimating world undiscovered energy resources. Links to world energy resources text and maps (PDF format), total petroleum system (TPS), and world geologic maps.
PDF Zinc-The key to preventing corrosion [More info]
Explains how we use zinc, where it comes from, and discusses worldwide supply and demand.
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