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Understanding the whole system of materials flow, from source to ultimate disposition, can help us better manage the use of natural resources and protect the environment, and ensure a supply of critical minerals.

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Date published: February 6, 2020

U.S. Mine Production Increasing, Estimated Value of $86.3 Billion in Minerals

2020 Report Highlights the Importance of Mining Minerals for U.S. Economy and National Security

Date published: August 12, 2019

NMIC Seminar Series: Mining the Deep Seabed - A Viable Approach to Meeting the Critical Needs of the U.S. for Secure, Responsibly Sourced Metals

Mining the Deep Seabed - A Viable Approach to Meeting the Critical Needs of the U.S. for Secure, Responsibly Sourced Metals

Dr. John Halkyard and Hans Smit, Ocean Minerals LLC

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 11:00 AM ET

USGS - 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA - 3B457

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Date published: July 29, 2019

USGS Awardees of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

The U.S. Geological Survey is celebrating the success of eight distinguished researchers who are recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.

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Year Published: 2020

Mineral commodity summaries 2020

Each chapter of the 2020 edition of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Mineral Commodity Summaries (MCS) includes information on events, trends, and issues for each mineral commodity as well as discussions and tabular presentations on domestic industry structure, Government programs, tariffs, 5-year salient statistics, and world production and...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2020, Mineral commodity summaries 2020: U.S. Geological Survey, 200 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/mcs2020.

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Year Published: 2019

Mineral Commodity Summaries 2019

Published on an annual basis, this report is the earliest Government publication to furnish estimates covering nonfuel mineral industry data and is available at https://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/mcs/. Data sheets contain information on the domestic industry structure, Government programs, tariffs, and 5-year salient statistics for more than...

U.S. Geological Survey, 2019, Mineral commodity summaries 2019: U.S. Geological Survey, 200 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/70202434.

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Year Published: 2019

Natural hazards and mineral commodity supply: Quantifying risk of earthquake disruption to South American copper supply

Mineral resources, and their mining and enrichment operations, are not equally distributed across Earth. The concentration of mineral supply in certain regions, owing to the geology or geography of the mineral resource, raises the level of risk related to supply disruption. Where mineral production coincides with areas prone to natural hazards,...

Schnebele, Emily; Jaiswal, Kishor; Luco, Nicolas; Nassar, Nedal T.
Schnebele, Emily, Jaiswal, Kishor, Luco, Nicolas, and Nassar, Nedal T., 2019, Natural hazards and mineral commodity supply—Quantifying risk of earthquake disruption to South American copper supply: Resources Policy, 63, 101430.