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Date published: November 17, 2021

GeoFlight Takes to the Air to Help Identify Geothermal and Mineral Resources at the Salton Sea

The following is an excerpt from a joint blog post issued by the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office and the Department of the Interior’s Office of Water & Science regarding the new GeoFlight: Salton Trough initiative.

Date published: November 8, 2021

USGS Seeks Public Comment on Draft List of 50 Minerals Deemed Critical to US National Security and the Economy 

List includes minerals key to all sectors of economy including tech and defense 

 

 

Editor's note: A correction was made to this news release and the Federal Register Notice November 17 to fix an issue with the public comment section. The published correction can be found here.   

To make a public comment, click here.

Date published: October 27, 2021

USGS and Rio Tinto Partner to Survey for Critical Minerals in Southwest Montana

A new partnership between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the science agency for the U.S. Department of the Interior, and Rio Tinto, a leading mining and metals company, will provide a clearer picture of the potential for critical mineral resources beneath the Continental Divide near Montana’s Boulder Batholith.

Date published: September 28, 2021

USGS Estimates 306 Billion Cubic Feet of Recoverable Helium in the United States

The natural gas reservoirs of the United States contain an estimated 306 billion cubic feet of recoverable helium, according to a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey. This is the first-ever estimate of recoverable helium resources from the USGS.

Date published: September 9, 2021

Helicopter Making Low-Level Flights over North-Central Idaho

Residents and visitors should not be alarmed to see a low-flying helicopter over Lemhi and Custer Counties west of Salmon, Idaho from September 6 to October 18, 2021. 

Date published: August 2, 2021

The Unexpected Activity of Frozen Soils: New USGS Research Discovers Permafrost and Frozen Winter Soils May Be More Alive than Previously Thought 

Newly published research indicates permafrost, or seasonally frozen, soils may be an overlooked source of greenhouse gases (GHG) prior to complete thaw, which could have implications for how thawing of this thick subsurface layer of soil will impact the global carbon budget and how future climate conditions are studied.  

  

Date published: June 28, 2021

Global Mineral Science Data Portal Unveiled by International Partnership

Geoscience Australia, the Geological Survey of Canada, and the U.S. Geological Survey have released a new online portal and the world’s largest database of critical mineral concentrations in and around mineral deposits.

Date published: June 15, 2021

Minerals Corner Spring 2021

 

As Spring 2021 ends, here are a few highlights from the USGS Mineral Resources Program’s recent activities and publications. 

Date published: May 27, 2021

Media Alert: Flights Above Custer and Fremont Counties, Colorado, to Map Geology

USGS Low-level Helicopter Surveys Begin Early June

 

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

 

Date published: May 20, 2021

Media Alert: Flights Above the Mississippi Alluvial Plain to Continue Aquifer Mapping

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

Date published: May 12, 2021

Media Alert: Flights Above Northern Maine to Map Geology

USGS Low-level Airplane Surveys Beginning Soon

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

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.