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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.

Date published: September 30, 2020

Earth MRI Funds Critical Minerals Projects in Colorado

A total of $171,555 will fund new research and preserve important data across the Centennial State

Date published: September 30, 2020

Earth MRI Funds Critical Minerals Projects in Indiana

A total of $160,000 will fund new research and preserve important data across the Hoosier State

Date published: September 29, 2020

Earth MRI Funds Critical Minerals Projects in Maine

A total of $118,479 will fund new research and preserve important data across the Pine Tree State

Date published: September 29, 2020

Earth MRI Funds Critical Minerals Projects in Pennsylvania

A total of $100,000 will fund new research and preserve important data across the Keystone State

Date published: September 28, 2020

Earth MRI Funds Critical Minerals Projects in Florida

A total of $100,000 will fund new research and preserve important data across the Sunshine State

Date published: September 28, 2020

Earth MRI Funds Critical Minerals Projects in Arizona

A total of $133,016 will fund new research and preserve important data across the Grand Canyon State.

Date published: September 28, 2020

Earth MRI Funds Critical Minerals Projects in Alaska

A total of $634,000 will fund new research and preserve important data across the Last Frontier.

Date published: September 21, 2020

Earth MRI Funds Critical Minerals Projects in Twenty-One States

The U.S. Geological Survey and the Association of American State Geologists are pleased to announce the projects that have received funding for FY2020 under the USGS Mineral Resources Program’s Earth Mapping Resources Initiative, or Earth MRI. New projects in 21 states will receive $7.97 million in funding in fiscal year 2020 to improve the Nation’s mapping of shallow and deep geology.