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Selected mineral specimen images and videos about Program activities.

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September 27, 2021

Critical Minerals in Landsat 9

Landsat 9 is the latest in a prestigious line of satellites that have been watching our planet for nearly 50 years. They have monitored changes on land and made that information freely available to users around the world. Landsat data have been crucial to responding to natural hazards like wildfires and volcanoes, tracking agricultural development, documenting urban

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February 2, 2021

Mineral Commodity Summary February 2021

The 26th annual Mineral Commodity Summaries report from the U.S. Geological Survey National Minerals Information Center is the earliest comprehensive source of 2020 mineral production data for the world. It includes information in the domestic industry structure, government programs, tariffs, and five-year salient statistics on more than 88 mineral commodities that are

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A map of the world that shows which countries the United States relied on for mineral imports in 2020.
February 1, 2021

US Minerals Net Import Reliance in 2020

The United States continues to rely on foreign sources for some raw and processed mineral materials, including some critical minerals. This map shows the countries that supply mineral commodities for which the United States was more than 50% net import reliant in 2020. 

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October 30, 2020

Flight area for Trans-Pecos aeromagnetic and radiometric survey

Map indicating flight area for Trans-Pecos aeromagnetic and radiometric survey. The survey area includes parts of El Paso and Hudspeth counties, Texas, and Otero County, New Mexico. Flights will begin in November 2020 and are expected to conclude in mid-January 2021. 

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July 1, 2020

What minerals produce the colors in fireworks?

Mineral elements provide the color in fireworks. Barium produces bright greens; strontium yields deep reds; copper produces blues; and sodium yields yellow. Other colors can be made by mixing elements: strontium and sodium produce brilliant orange; titanium, zirconium, and magnesium alloys make silvery white; copper and strontium make lavender. Gold sparks are produced by

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February 7, 2020

Mineral Commodities February 2020

The 43rd annual Mineral Commodity Summaries report from the USGS National Minerals Information Center is the earliest comprehensive source of 2019 world mineral production data. It includes information on the domestic industry structure, government programs, and tariffs as well as five-year salient statistics on more than 90 mineral commodities that are important to the U.

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Geologist at Yukon Tanana Uplands Alaska
December 31, 2019

Geologist at Yukon Tanana Uplands Alaska

Geologist at Yukon Tanana Uplands Alaska.  This is part of the Earth MRI project.

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September 10, 2019

Gas Hydrates in Alaska 2019

The Alaska North Slope is rich in gas hydrate-bearing formations which contain significant natural gas resources. The USGS has released a geologically based assessment for how much of these resources is technically recoverable.

53.8 trillion cubic feet
Estimate of the undiscovered technically recoverable amount of natural gas that is stored in

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June 4, 2019

Critical Mineral Commodities in Renewable Energy

To make America’s economy and defense more secure, the Administration has released “A Federal Strategy to Ensure Secure and Reliable Supplies of Critical Minerals.” Among other roles, these mineral commodities are vital to renewable energy infrastructure like solar panels, wind turbines, and batteries.

Solar Panels |

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Earth MRI data and applications graphic
February 25, 2019

Earth MRI Fact Sheet 2019-3007 Figure 1

Figure 1 from USGS Fact Sheet 2019-3007 The Earth Mapping Resources Initiative (Earth MRI): Mapping the Nation’s Critical Mineral Resources.

Figure 1. Planned applications for data acquired during the Earth Mapping Resources Initiative (Earth MRI). Images are from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Sources for images in left column, from top to bottom: Topography:

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Figure 1. Photographs of commercial, expanded vermiculite ore from the four major historical sources.
November 6, 2017

Photographs of commercial, expanded vermiculite ore.

Figure 1. Photographs of commercial, expanded vermiculite ore from the four major historical sources: Libby, Montana; Palabora, South Africa; Louisa, Virginia; and Enoree, South Carolina. Scale of the rightmost image in each set is the same as the left image unless otherwise labeled. Note (k) shows Libby vermiculite insulation with admixed cellulose whereas (l) shows

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