Metallic mineral resources
Resources from which ductile, malleable, opaque,and reflective metals that are also good heat and electricity conductors can be extracted.
Flow studies for recycling metal commodities in the United States [ More info] What happens to all the scrap metal? How well does recycling work? This guide explains what we know about the overall processes of recycling various metals.
Gallium--A smart metal [ More info] Usefulness and characteristics of this mineral commodity.
Geologic studies of mercury [ More info] Collection of six short papers related to the mercury geochemical society, the study of mercury in coal, concentrations in sediment, soil, water, and fish collected near mercury and gold mines, and volanic emissions of mercury.
Geology, geochemistry and geophysics of sedimentary rock-hosted gold deposits in China [ More info] Second report of a joint project with the Tianjin Geological Academy to study sedimentary rock-hosted Au deposits in China.
Germanium: giving microelectronics an efficiency boost [ More info] Explains how we use the rare trace metal Germanium, where we find it, and outlines the supply and demand situation worldwide for this element.
Indium: bringing liquid-crystal displays into focus [ More info] Explains the uses for, sources of, and supply and demand for this rare metal element.
Lead-Soft and easy to cast [ More info] Explains how we use lead, where it comes from, and how we might ensure that we have adequate supplies of this mineral commodity in the future.
Lithium: for harnessing renewable energy [ More info] Explains how this element is used, where we get it, and prospects for future supply and demand.
Manganese: it turns iron into steel (and does so much more) [ More info] Explains how we use this metal, where we get it, and describes the current trends in supply and demand.
Mineral deposit models [ More info] Publications by the USGS on mineral deposit models converted to digital files that can be downloaded. Some are *.pdf files requiring Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and download text
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