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Date published: October 4, 2016

USGS Assesses Mineral Potential for Sagebrush Habitats in Six Western States

At the request of the Bureau of Land Management, USGS has released an assessment of mineral resources in six Western states.

Date published: August 3, 2016

Mines, USGS sign agreement to create new research center

Colorado School of Mines and USGS have renewed a five-year memorandum of understanding that fosters collaboration in the areas of science and engineering related to the Earth and creates a new research center focused on economic geology.

Date published: July 11, 2016

USGS Publication on Iran’s Nonfuel Minerals Industry Released

The USGS released a publication highlighting the nonfuel minerals industry of Iran. 

Date published: July 7, 2016

Hyperspectral Surveying: A Tool for Assessing the Mineral Potential of Alaska

Alaska is a major producer of base and precious metals and has a high potential for additional undiscovered mineral resources. However, discovery is hindered by Alaska’s vast size, remoteness and rugged terrain. New methods are needed to overcome these obstacles in order to evaluate Alaska’s geology and mineral resource potential.

Date published: June 21, 2016

New USGS Alaska Geochemical Atlas Tells Rich Tales About the Last Frontier

The U.S. Geological Survey has produced a new compilation of landscape-scale sediment and soil geochemical data for Alaska. This was last completed nearly 40 years ago in 1978, but the new effort uses modern modeling and analysis techniques to map 68 elements across a newly developed and updated geochemical atlas of Alaska.

Date published: May 6, 2016

EarthWord - Mother Lode

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Date published: April 1, 2016

Media Advisory: Second Round of USGS Studies Begin to Define What Minerals Lie Beneath Portions of the Upper Midwest

Residents and visitors should not be alarmed to witness a low-flying airplane above the broader Iron Mountain-Ralph-Escanaba-Menominee region.

Date published: March 30, 2016

Special Review and Webinar Showcase Critical Minerals Research at USGS

Scientists studying rare earth and critical elements now have a solid foundation for future research, as detailed in a special volume of the Society of Economic Geologists. This review volume, featuring several papers authored and co-authored by the U.S. Geological Survey, provides a comprehensive review of the current state of knowledge for rare earth and critical elements in ore deposits.

Date published: March 29, 2016

Media Advisory: USGS Goes Airborne to Define What Minerals Lie Beneath the Upper Midwest

Beginning in early April and continuing for approximately two weeks, the U.S. Geological Survey will conduct an aerial survey designed to scan the upper part of the earth’s crust.

Date published: March 23, 2016

USGS Assesses 39–54 Billion Metric Tons of Undiscovered Potash Resources in Central Asia

The Central Asia Salt Basin of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan has the potential to contain between 39 and 54 billion metric tons of undiscovered potash resources, according to a global mineral resource assessment led by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Known potash resources in the Central Asia Salt Basin consist of 1.63 billion metric tons.