After 85 years of service, the U.S. Bureau of Mines (USBM) closed in 1996. Certain functions, such as the collection, analysis, and dissemination of minerals information, have been returned to the U.S. Geological Survey. For information on former USBM programs or publications, please see the following sources:
- The National Technical Reports Library (part of the National Technical information Service) has a "legacy" collection of USBM publications dating from 1910-1996. These publications represent most of the research work done by the USBM in the fields of mining technology, mine safety and health, and the mineral industry.
- The Minerals Information Program was transferred to U.S. Geological Survey. Send an email to email@example.com
- Interlibrary loan - get assistance from a reference librarian at a public or private library.
USGS information about mines is on our Mineral Resources Online Spatial Data website.
It would be no exaggeration to say that without minerals, no aspect of our daily lives would be possible.
No, it’s not a title for a new reality-dating TV show, but it is real science! It also describes the ideal mineral deposit.
The USGS National Minerals Information Center tracks how much the United States relies on other countries for minerals critical to the economy and national security.
Earlier this year, Apple’s iPhone celebrated the 10th anniversary of its introduction to the world, an event that fueled a transformation within the technology and communications sector. This revolution would influence billions of smartphone users around the world forever altering many aspects of human life.
Managing 72 million acres of Federal lands in Alaska is not easy, especially when the land’s many uses need to be balanced. There are several competing interests, including the development of mineral resources that are critical to the American economy.
Minerals critical to the U.S. economy are identified in a new report funded by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Mining Association.
Are cobalt oxide, sulfur, and cadmium sulfide used to make the traditional holiday hues in your seasonal decorations? Of course they are! According to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists who collect worldwide data on almost all mineral resources, holiday lights are made with these and other minerals from around the world.
U.S. output of mineral-based materials contributed nearly $429 billion to support the nation’s economy in 2000, according to a new report from the U.S. Geological Survey.
This infographic displays the different minerals located in mobile devices. Included within this infographic are:
- Display: Silica Sand and Bauxite
Silica Sand: A mobile device's glass screen is very durable because glassmakers combine its main ingredient, silica (silicon dioxide or quartz) sand, with ceramic materials and then add potassium.
Copper mines can be loud and sometimes chaotic places, but they provide Zambia with plenty of revenue and jobs. Photograph credit: Mark Cocker, USGS
USGS Scientists Sarah Davis, Taylor Mills, and David Naftz collect soil samples near the Pinenut uranium mine. Mine features visible in the background include the gray ore stockpile at the far left, the head frame used to access the underground mine workings at mid left, and the detention pond containing all water produced on the mine site on the right.
Supergene Leached zone at Silver Bell Mine, AZ.
Sampling acid mine drainage residuals in Elk County, Pennsylvania. The USGS has pioneered a new use for these residuals that are currently a disposal challenge, using them to filter phosphorus from agricultural and municipal wastewaters.
Drilling for mineral resources near Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Climate change combined with overlapping high-intensity land uses are likely to create conditions detrimental to the recreation economy, wildlife habitat, water availability and other resources in hyper-arid landscapes, or drylands, in the future, according to a paper published in Ecosphere...
A phosphate mine tailing pile taken in the Southern Coastal Plain Ecoregion (FL) in July 2006.
An abandoned mine shaft taken in the Mojave Basin and Range Ecoregion (NV) in August 2002.