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Date published: May 12, 2015

No Silver Bullet, But a Silver Lining

Once so cheap it was used for pennies, copper is now so valuable that pennies contain almost no copper and they still cost more than one cent to make.

Date published: May 12, 2015

New Mineral Science Shows Promise for Reducing Environmental Impacts from Mining

Mining companies, land managers, and regulators now have a wealth of tools to aid in reducing potential mining impacts even before the mine gets started. USGS and various research partners released a special edition of papers specifically targeted at providing modern environmental effect research for modern mining techniques.

Date published: April 23, 2015

Map Shows Content and Origins of the Nation’s Geologic Basement

A map showing the many different pieces of Earth’s crust that comprise the nation’s geologic basement is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: April 7, 2015

Quick-Action Helps Maintain Key Mining Industries during Ebola Outbreak

The important mining industries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone were able to largely maintain their operations during the deadly 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, according to a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: March 31, 2015

Updated Information on Cuba Mineral and Petroleum Resources Released

Cuba is among the top 10 producers of cobalt and nickel and has significant other mineral and petroleum resources, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey publication.

Date published: March 30, 2015

New Report Indicates Potential for Five Times Known Copper Deposits Yet to Be Found in Central Asia

SPOKANE, Wash. — A new U.S. Geological Survey report covering major parts of the world’s largest mountain belt in central Asia estimates the existence of about five times as much copper in undiscovered deposits as has been identified to date. These areas host 20 known porphyry copper deposits, including the world class Oyu Tolgoi deposit in Mongolia that was discovered in the late 1990s.

Date published: March 16, 2015

Secretly Stashed Afghanistan Gold Maps Emerge

USGS scientists realized that it was not enough to produce maps and reports that would gather dust if  no one was trained to use them.

Date published: March 3, 2015

Plenty of Potash, but Some Regions Lack Low Cost Sources for Crop Production

While the earth contains enough potash to meet the increased global demand for crop production and U.S. supplies are likely secure, some regions lack potash deposits needed for optimal food crop yields. According to a recent USGS global assessment of potash resources, the costs of importing potash long distances can limit its use and imports are subject to supply disruptions.

Date published: February 23, 2015

USGS Identifies Areas with Critical Mineral Resource Potential in North-Central Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska. — New maps highlighting areas with potential for placer gold and five other critical mineral deposit types in the Bureau of Land Management’s Central Yukon Planning Area in central and northern Alaska are being released today. 

Date published: January 30, 2015

Value of U.S. Mineral Production Increases Despite Lower Metal Prices

The estimated value of mineral production increased in the United States in 2014, despite the decline in price for most precious metals, the U.S. Geological Survey announced today in its Mineral Commodity Summaries 2015.

Date published: January 22, 2015

New Kupferschiefer Copper Assessment Available

SPOKANE, Wash. — In cooperation with the Polish Geological Institute — National Research Institute, U.S. Geological Survey scientists have published a new assessment of copper resources in Poland and Germany. This investigation is part of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Global Mineral Resource Assessment.

Date published: July 3, 2014

Hyperspectral Aerial Survey will Enhance Mapping Capabilities

Starting on July 5 (weather permitting), U.S. Geological Survey scientists will conduct a high-resolution airborne survey over the next 30 days to study the distribution of minerals exposed at the surface in various parts of Alaska.