Earth Mapping Resources Initiative (Earth MRI)

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The goal of Earth MRI is to improve our knowledge of the geologic framework in the United States and to identify areas that may have the potential to contain undiscovered critical mineral resources. Enhancement of our domestic mineral supply will decrease the Nation’s reliance on foreign sources of minerals that are fundamental to our security and economy. Acquisition activities are provided here.

Why is Earth MRI Needed?

The motivations for starting Earth MRI and the potential returns on investment are in response to the following:

First Steps in Implementing Earth MRI

The Earth MRI effort is focusing on those regions in the United States with potential for hosting critical mineral resources.

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Date published: October 12, 2020

Mineral Science Reaches New Heights

When learning more about ancient rocks buried deep beneath the surface of the Earth, it may seem surprising to use futuristic technologies flown hundreds of feet in the air, but that has been central to the USGS Earth Mapping Resource Initiative. One year in, it’s time to take stock of what Earth MRI has achieved & where it’s going, using the results of a recent survey to lead the way.

Date published: September 30, 2020