Mission Areas

Energy and Minerals

The Energy and Minerals Mission Area conducts research and assessments that focus on the location, quantity, and quality of mineral and energy resources, including the economic and environmental effects of resource extraction and use.

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Energy Resources Program

Energy Resources Program

Conducts basic and applied research on geologic energy resources and on the environmental, economic, and human health impacts of their production and use.The program is also involved in studying the impacts of wind and solar energy development.

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Mineral Resources Program

Mineral Resources Program

Provides scientific information for objective resource assessments and unbiased research results on mineral potential, production, consumption, and environmental effects. The MRP is the sole Federal source for this information.

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News

Date published: July 1, 2019

NMIC Seminar Series: Old and New Energy and Minerals - Risks, Uncertainties, and Gaps in Knowledge

Old and New Energy and Minerals - Risks, Uncertainties, and Gaps in Knowledge

Michele Michot Foss, Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University

Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 10:00 AM ET

USGS - 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA - room 3B457

or online at:

https://www.gotomeet.me/NMICSeminars

Date published: June 20, 2019

EarthMRI Implementation Team Receives the AASG 2019 Presidential Award

On June 12, 2019 at the annual Association of American State Geologists (AASG) meeting in Butte, MT the USGS Earth Mapping Resources Initiative (Earth MRI) implementation team was awarded the AASG's Presidential Award in recognition of “extraordinary service to geosciences and to the objectives of the AASG”.

Date published: June 17, 2019

NMIC Seminar Series: Lessons for Policy and Investment from Mining for a Critical Mineral in a Conflict Zone: The Case of Alphamin Bisie Mining's Tin Project in Democratic Republic of Congo

Lessons for Policy and Investment from Mining for a Critical Mineral in a Conflict Zone: The Case of Alphamin Bisie Mining's Tin Project in Democratic Republic of Congo

Richard Robinson, Managing Director, Alphamin Bisie Mining, S.A. (ABM)

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 1:00 PM ET

USGS - 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA - room 2A224A

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Publications

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Outburst floods provide erodability estimates consistent with long-term landscape evolution

Most current models for the landscape evolution over geological timescales are based on semi-empirical laws that consider riverbed incision proportional to rock erodability (dependent on lithology) and to the work performed by water flow (stream power). However, the erodability values obtained from these models are entangled with poorly known...

Garcia-Castellanos, Daniel; O'Connor, Jim E.
Garcia-Castellanos, D., and O'Connor, J.E., 2018, Outburst floods provide erodability estimates consistent with long-term landscape evolution: Scientific Reports, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-28981-y.

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Geochemical characterization and modeling of regional groundwater contributing to the Verde River, Arizona between Mormon Pocket and the USGS Clarkdale gage

We use synoptic surveys of stream discharge, stable isotopes, and dissolved noble gases to identify the source of groundwater discharge to the Verde River in central Arizona. The Verde River more than doubles in discharge in Mormon Pocket over a 1.4 km distance that includes three discrete locations of visible spring input to the river and other...

Beisner, Kimberly R.; Gardner, W. Payton; Hunt, Andrew G.
Beisner, K.R., Gardner, W.P., Hunt, A.G., (2018) Geochemical characterization and modeling of regional groundwater contributing to the Verde River, Arizona between Mormon Pocket and the USGS Clarkdale gage, Journal of Hydrology. vol. 564, p. 99-114. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2018.06.078

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Rapid 3-D analysis of rockfalls

Recent fatal and damaging rockfalls in Yosemite National Park indicate the need for rapid response data collection methods to inform public safety and assist with management response. Here we show the use of multiple-platform remote sensing methods to rapidly capture pertinent data needed to inform management and the public following a several...

Stock, Greg M.; Guerin, A.; Avdievitch, Nikita N.; Collins, Brian D.; Jaboyedoff, Michel
Stock, G.M., Guerin, A., Avdievitch, N., Collins, B.D., Jaboyedoff, M., 2018, Rapid 3-D analysis of rockfalls, GSA Today, Groundwork, v. 28, https://doi.org/10.1130/GSATG374GW.1.