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Date published: March 11, 2021

USGS Updates Mineral Database with Gallium Deposits in the United States

In the latest database update based on the Critical Minerals List, the USGS has added Gallium to USMIN.

Date published: February 16, 2021

USGS Updates Mineral Database with Niobium Deposits in the United States 

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has updated its USMIN Mineral Deposit Database (USMIN) for the mineral commodity niobium, one of 35 mineral commodities declared critical by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Sites in this dataset occur in Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Nebraska and Texas.

Date published: February 2, 2021

US Mines Produced an Estimated $82.3 Billion in Minerals During 2020

U.S. mines produced approximately $82.3 billion in minerals in 2020— about $1.5 billion lower than the 2019 revised total of $83.7 billion—the U.S. Geological Survey announced February 2.  

Date published: December 22, 2020

Mine Waste in the Eastern Adirondacks May be Untapped, Accessible Source of Rare Earth Element Minerals

Waste rock from long-closed mines in the eastern Adirondack Mountains, New York, may prove valuable due to its rare earth element content, according to newly published research. The results are from airborne and ground surveys conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey and collaborators.

Date published: December 17, 2020

Earth Science Week 2020 Highlights

 

USGS has been a longtime sponsor of Earth Science Week founded in 1998 by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI). It is an annual international event held during the second week of October to encourage better public understanding of and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and Earth stewardship. 

Date published: December 16, 2020

Minerals Corner Fall 2020

 

USGS Mineral Resources Program Highlights for the Fall 2020 Edition of the USGS Energy Quarterly Newsletter

Date published: November 2, 2020

Media Bulletin: Low-Flying Airplane and Helicopter Mapping Parts of West Texas and South-Central New Mexico to aid in Mapping Geology

Editor: In the public interest and in accordance with FAA regulations, the USGS is announcing this low-level airborne project. Your assistance in informing the local communities is appreciated.

Date published: October 16, 2020

Critical Cooperation: How Australia, Canada and the United States are Working Together to Support Critical Mineral Discovery

Just as alloys make steel stronger, research allies make mineral science better. Geoscience Australia, the Geological Survey of Canada, and the USGS are coordinating their critical mineral mapping and research efforts to create a shared foundation of mineral information to help ensure a safe and secure supply of the materials needed for each country’s economy and security.

Date published: October 13, 2020

A Geologist Tongue Twister

 

Bring out your inner geologist and take the Geologist Tongue Twister Audio or Video challenge! 

First, do an audio or video recording of you reading the Tongue Twister. Second, feature a rock or mineral from your rock collection or go outside and find yourself a rock; they are everywhere!  

Be sure to hashtag your video #earthscienceweek and #...

Date published: October 13, 2020

Using Remote Sensing to Turn Trash into Treasure

There’s an old saying that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. At the USGS, we’re taking another look at old mine waste and tailings to see if there might still be mineral potential in them.

Date published: October 12, 2020

Mineral Science Reaches New Heights

When learning more about ancient rocks buried deep beneath the surface of the Earth, it may seem surprising to use futuristic technologies flown hundreds of feet in the air, but that has been central to the USGS Earth Mapping Resource Initiative. One year in, it’s time to take stock of what Earth MRI has achieved & where it’s going, using the results of a recent survey to lead the way.