Mineral Resource Assessment Training

Science Center Objects

The USGS Mineral Resources Program conducts mineral resource assessments and is training USGS scientists in how to conduct these assessments for future work. As a practical exercise, the scientists will conduct an assessment for tungsten in the U.S.

Science Issue and Relevance

The USGS Mineral Resources Program conducts mineral resource assessments. Many of the scientists with experience and expertise in this work are nearing retirement. The Organic Act of March 3, 1879 established the Geological Survey for "the classification of the public lands and examination of the geological structure, mineral resources, and products of the national domain."

In order to ensure USGS has scientists capable of conducting future assessments, current USGS scientists must be trained in how to conduct mineral resource assessments. This project will ensure that USGS scientists will continue to be able to conduct state-of-the-art assessments of the Nation's mineral resources.

Methodology to Address Issue

The USGS Mineral Resources Program will train seventeen scientists in the essential approaches to conduct mineral resource assessments. This two-year project will provide training and mentoring of early and middle career staff and focus on sharing knowledge and developing skills. Training materials will also be produced to serve as a foundation for future work. As a practical exercise, the scientists will conduct an assessment of tungsten in the U.S., since tungsten is a critical commodity and the U.S. relies heavily on imports.

Tungsten Assessment Focus Areas

  • Yukon-Tanana Uplands, Alaska
  • Western Great Basin, California and Nevada
  • Northern Rocky Mountains, Idaho and Montana