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Image shows a tall, triangular gray stone surrounded by grass and trees
July 20, 2016

Barre Granite

Granite is an igneous rock that we’ve used for building materials for thousands of years. It’s name comes from the Latin word “granum,” meaning “grain,” which refers to the grains of quartz and feldspar that define granite. This one is from the Barre formation in Vermont.

Image shows four men in visibility gear and hard hats at a coal mine
June 30, 2016

The USGS Coal Assessment Project

Coal project personnel visiting Trapper Mine in northwest Colorado in June, 2016.

Mostly beige rock with lots of round orbs contained within its matrix.
June 14, 2016

Phosphorite rock

Phosphorite rock formed on the seafloor in Southern California.

Image shows a woman in a green coat working with a drill core
June 3, 2016

Sarah Hawkins Receives the Core

USGS scientist Sarah Hawkins, lead scientist for the Mancos Shale assessment, examining a core drilled by the USGS Core Research Center. This core provided valuable data for the assessment. Image credit: Joshua Hicks, USGS.

Image shows a drill rig against blue mountains
June 3, 2016

Research Drilling Rig and Landscape

The USGS Core Research Center collaborated with the USGS Energy Resources Program to drill a core from the Mancos Shale to aid in the oil and gas assessment. Image Credit: Joshua Hicks, USGS.

Image shows sunrise through a drill rig
June 3, 2016

USGS Research Drilling

USGS scientists drill a test core into the Mancos Shale to aid in the assessment for oil and gas resources. Credit: Joshua Hicks.

May 25, 2016

What's the Big Idea?—Multiple Perspectives to Answer Complex Questions

JoAnn Holloway, biogeochemist with the USGS Mineral Resources Program, explains how interdisciplinary science can help better inform the conditions of a complex ecosystem.

heavy mineral sands
April 19, 2016

Heavy mineral sands, Folly Beach, South Carolina

Layered deposit of unconsolidated heavy mineral sands along the shores of Folly Beach, South Carolina.

Red Mountain, Colorado
April 19, 2016

Red Mountain near Silverton, Colorado

Intensely altered propylitic rocks (red and yellow) in the Red Mountain mining district, overprinting the regional, propylitically altered igneous rocks (grayish-green), peaks at top of image. View to west.

eudialyte and bastnäsite samples
April 14, 2016

Eudialyte and Bastnäsite Samples

Sample of eudialyte (pink) within layered vein consisting of quartz, albite, and sodic amphibole, Dora Bay, Alaska. Size of sample is 11 by 9 cm. Sample of coarse-grained, tabular bastnäsite within matrix of ferruginous dolomite, Birthday Claim, Mountain Pass, California. Photographs by Philip Verplanck, U.S. Geological Survey. SIR 2010-5070-J

Geologist doing field work in Alaska
April 14, 2016

Geologist and Helicopter

Geologist doing field work in Alaska