Mineral Resources Program

Mineral System Life Cycles

Understanding potential and existing environmental impacts of mineral resources and their extraction promotes sustainable development of needed mineral materials and responsible stewardship of our natural resources.

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Date published: June 19, 2018
Status: Active

Life Cycles of Byproduct Critical Minerals

Project objectives are to 1) assess the overall life cycle of selected byproduct critical elements tellurium (Te), indium (In), gallium (Ga), and germanium (Ge), 2) perform an assessment of critical element resources and examine the processes and conditions controlling the concentration of byproduct critical elements by deposit type, and 3) improve understanding of the surficial geochemistry...

Contacts: Bob Seal
Date published: May 14, 2018
Status: Active

New Applications of Hyperspectral Imaging to Delineate Critical Minerals Concentrated in Regolith and Mine Waste Materials

Our project will develop new and innovative spectral methods and remote sensing tools for understanding how critical minerals are concentrated by weathering, regolith/soil formation, mining, runoff and ore processing. These tools will help us to use mineralogy derived from spectral measurements (lab, field, and remote sensing) to help delineate vectors towards recoverable resources and to...

Contacts: Bernard Hubbard
Date published: September 29, 2017
Status: Completed

Geoenvironmental Health Models of Mineral Deposits

Our objectives are to: 1) complete bioaccessibility testing on monominerallic samples of important ore and gangue minerals for selected elements of toxicological concern, and 2) create a compendium of mineral deposit geoenvironmental health models.

Date published: September 30, 2016
Status: Completed

Application of the National-Scale Soil Geochemical and Mineralogical Data for the Conterminous U.S.

Project goals were to produce interpretive products based on the exising national-scale geochoemical and mineralogical data and maps for soils of the conterminous U.S.

Contacts: Laurel Woodruff
Date published: March 4, 2013
Status: Completed

Backgrounds and Baselines

This project developed a geochemical information base through studies ranging in scale from site-specific to regional and national.

Date published: September 30, 2007
Status: Completed

USGS Abandoned Mine Lands Initiative

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) conducted an Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Initiative during the fiscal years 1997 through 2001 to provide technical assistance in support of Federal Land Management Agency (FLMA) actions to remediate contamination associated with abandoned hard rock mining activities. This initiative was part of a larger strategy by the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U....