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New Mineral Science Shows Promise for Reducing Environmental Impacts from Mining

Mining companies, land managers, and regulators now have a wealth of tools to aid in reducing potential mining impacts even before the mine gets...

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The Chemistry of Waters that Follow from Fracking: A Case Study

In a study of 13 hydraulically fractured shale gas wells in north-central Pennsylvania, USGS researchers found that the microbiology and organic...
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Map Shows Content and Origins of the Nation’s Geologic Basement

A map showing the many different pieces of Earth’s crust that comprise the nation’s geologic basement is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey...

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Quick-Action Helps Maintain Key Mining Industries during Ebola Outbreak

The important mining industries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone were able to largely maintain their operations during the deadly 2014-2015 Ebola...

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Updated Information on Cuba Mineral and Petroleum Resources Released

Cuba is among the top 10 producers of cobalt and nickel and has significant other mineral and petroleum resources, according to a new U.S. Geological...

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New Report Indicates Potential for Five Times Known Copper Deposits Yet to Be Found in Central Asia

SPOKANE, Wash. — A new U.S. Geological Survey report covering major parts of the world’s largest mountain belt in central Asia estimates the existence...

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Appalachian Basin Energy Resources — A New Look at an Old Basin

Appalachian coal and petroleum resources are still available in sufficient quantities to contribute significantly to fulfilling the nation’s energy...

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Frozen Heat Features USGS Science

The Gas Hydrates Project at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) contributed to a four-year international effort by multiple partners, including the...

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What Happens to the Water? Assessing Water Quality in Areas with Hydraulically Fractured Oil and Gas Wells

More data and research are necessary to best understand the potential risks to water quality associated with unconventional oil and gas development in...
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Plenty of Potash, but Some Regions Lack Low Cost Sources for Crop Production

While the earth contains enough potash to meet the increased global demand for crop production and U.S. supplies are likely secure, some regions lack...

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USGS Identifies Areas with Critical Mineral Resource Potential in North-Central Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska. — New maps highlighting areas with potential for placer gold and five other critical mineral deposit types in the Bureau of Land...

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President’s 2016 Budget Proposes $1.2 Billion for the USGS

The President’s fiscal year 2016 budget request for the U.S. Geological Survey is $1.2 billion, an increase of nearly $150 million above the FY 2015...

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