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Mineral resources of Antarctica

January 1, 1974

Although the existence of mineral deposits in Antarctica is highly probable, the chances of finding them are quite small. Minerals have been found there in great variety but only as occurrences. Manganese nodules, water (as ice), geothermal energy, coal, petroleum, and natural gas are potential resources that could perhaps be exploited in the future. On the basis of known mineral occurrences in Antarctica and relationships between geologic provinces of Antarctica and those of neighboring Gondwana continents, the best discovery probability for a base-metal deposit in any part of Antarctica is in the Andean orogen; it is estimated to be 0.075 (75 chances in 1,000).

Publication Year 1974
Title Mineral resources of Antarctica
DOI 10.3133/cir705
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Circular
Series Number 705
Index ID cir705
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse