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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

Image shows a landscape of the Southern High Plains
December 31, 2015

The Southern High Plains

The Southern High Plains of New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. USGS conducted a uranium assessment in this region in 2015.

Image shows a landscape view of the Southern High Plains
December 31, 2015

The Southern High Plains

The Southern High Plains of New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. USGS conducted a uranium assessment in this region in 2015.

Image shows a detail of a yellow mineral on white rock
December 31, 2015

Uranium-Vanadate Mineral in Calcrete

A uranium-vanadate mineral in calcrete. This sample came from near the Sulfur Springs Draw in Texas. USGS conducted an assessment of uranium resources in this region in 2015.

Image shows a USGS scientist leaning against a rock outcropping with trees in the background
December 31, 2015

Shearing of the Melozitna Granite

Geologist and cataclastic shear zones in the Melozitna granite in the Ruby batholith. This granite contains abundant monazite and high levels of thorium and rare earth elements. The shear zones accelerate erosion of the granite into streams, where the monazite that contains the rare earth elements can be concentrated. This area is part of the Bureau of Land Management's Central Yukon Planning...

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Date published: July 18, 2016


“Whatcha gonna do when they come for you”-thinks this week’s EarthWord...

Date published: July 11, 2016

USGS Publication on Iran’s Nonfuel Minerals Industry Released

The USGS released a publication highlighting the nonfuel minerals industry of Iran. 

Date published: July 8, 2016

EarthView–Landsat Reveals Industrial Growth in Powder River Basin

Landsat shows how coal development in the Powder River Basin has changed the landscape since 1984...

Date published: July 7, 2016

Hyperspectral Surveying: A Tool for Assessing the Mineral Potential of Alaska

Alaska is a major producer of base and precious metals and has a high potential for additional undiscovered mineral resources. However, discovery is hindered by Alaska’s vast size, remoteness and rugged terrain. New methods are needed to overcome these obstacles in order to evaluate Alaska’s geology and mineral resource potential.

Date published: June 21, 2016

New USGS Alaska Geochemical Atlas Tells Rich Tales About the Last Frontier

The U.S. Geological Survey has produced a new compilation of landscape-scale sediment and soil geochemical data for Alaska. This was last completed nearly 40 years ago in 1978, but the new effort uses modern modeling and analysis techniques to map 68 elements across a newly developed and updated geochemical atlas of Alaska.

Date published: June 8, 2016

USGS Estimates 66 Trillion Cubic Feet of Natural Gas in Colorado’s Mancos Shale Formation

This is the second-largest assessment of potential shale & tight gas resources that the USGS has ever conducted.

Date published: May 9, 2016

Evidence of Unconventional Oil and Gas Wastewater Found in Surface Waters near Underground Injection Site

These are the first published studies to demonstrate water-quality impacts to a surface stream due to activities at an unconventional oil and gas wastewater deep well injection disposal site.

Date published: May 6, 2016

EarthWord - Mother Lode

Happy Mother's Day from EarthWords!

Date published: April 12, 2016

USGS Continues to Write History

The fourth volume of the comprehensive history of the U.S. Geological Survey, Minerals, Lands, and Geology for the Common Defence and General Welfare: Volume 4, 1939‒1961, has been issued as an electronic document.

Date published: March 30, 2016

Special Review and Webinar Showcase Critical Minerals Research at USGS

Scientists studying rare earth and critical elements now have a solid foundation for future research, as detailed in a special volume of the Society of Economic Geologists. This review volume, featuring several papers authored and co-authored by the U.S. Geological Survey, provides a comprehensive review of the current state of knowledge for rare earth and critical elements in ore deposits.

Date published: March 23, 2016

USGS Assesses 39–54 Billion Metric Tons of Undiscovered Potash Resources in Central Asia

The Central Asia Salt Basin of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan has the potential to contain between 39 and 54 billion metric tons of undiscovered potash resources, according to a global mineral resource assessment led by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Known potash resources in the Central Asia Salt Basin consist of 1.63 billion metric tons.