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Looking north towards Ute Mountain, New Mexico
Date Published: July 14, 2017
Status: Active

Cenozoic Landscape Evolution of the Southern Rocky Mountains

The Cenozoic Landscape Evolution of the Southern Rocky Mountains Project is a multi-year investigation funded by the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program. This project utilizes a combination of geologic mapping, geophysical surveys, basin modeling, and structural, neotectonic, geomorphic, volcanic, stratigraphic, and geochronologic studies to...

Icon showing overvalued value index area
Date Published: July 14, 2017
Status: Active

Ecosystem Services Assessment and Valuation

Ecosystem services are the benefits that nature provides to human well-being: clean air and water, protection from natural disasters, fisheries, crop pollination and control of pests and disease, and outdoor places for recreation, solitude, and renewal. Ecosystem services underlie the functioning of our entire economy. They are neither worthless nor priceless, and by integrating the physical...

Spring at Buffalo National River, Arkansas
Date Published: July 14, 2017
Status: Active

Geologic Mapping Studies at Buffalo National River, Northern Arkansas

Detailed geologic mapping is being conducted by the USGS in and adjacent to the Buffalo National River, a park administered by the National Park Service, to better understand and characterize the natural resources and associated ecosystems of this area within the Ozark Plateau region. General-purpose geologic maps are created to provide a framework for a host of natural resource, natural...

Image: Monarch Butterfly
Date Published: July 14, 2017
Status: Active

Spatial Subsidies: Quantifying Linkages between Human and Natural Systems with Migratory Species

A Task of the Ecosystem Services Assessment and Valuation project.

Animal migration occurs because it allows animals to exploit resources where and when they are most abundant by moving seasonally between habitats. Where humans have...

Contacts: Darius Semmens, James Diffendorfer, Laura López-Hoffman
Border fence on U.S.-Mexico border
Date Published: July 14, 2017
Status: Active

U.S.-Mexico Border Geologic Framework

The primary objective of the U.S.-Mexico border project is to provide framework geology through geologic mapping activities to support border-wide science investigations including assessing and evaluating groundwater, energy and mineral, and ecological resources, and identifying and investigating natural hazards, including landslide, earthquake, wildfire, and flood hazards.


geologists doing Alaskan field work with helicopter
Date Published: January 31, 2017

Geologic and Mineral Resource Studies in Alaska

Geologic, geophysical, and geochemical studies evaluate Alaska’s mineral endowment of strategic and critical minerals not found elsewhere in the United States.

Image: Southeast Missouri Helicopter Survey
Date Published: January 31, 2017

Hyperspectral Imaging and Geophysical Surveys

Geophysical tools and techniques allow us to see geologic units and structures on and beneath the Earth’s surface to understand how mineral resources are distributed.

Map of Undiscovered Cooper Estimate in the Middle East
Date Published: January 31, 2017

Assessment of Undiscovered Mineral Resources

Mineral resource assessments are a tool used for determining the potential for undiscovered domestic and global deposits of minerals such as copper. Land management agencies, industry and the public use this unbiased mineral resource information to help determine future resource development.

Image: Red and Bonita Mine
Date Published: January 31, 2017

Mineral Resources and the Environment

Understanding potential and existing environmental impacts promotes sustainable development of needed mineral materials and responsible stewardship of our natural resources.

clean laboratory
Date Published: January 31, 2017

Laboratories, Analytical Research, and Methods Development

Laboratories provide data to help characterize and improve understanding of mineral resources and materials. Diverse technique and method development support our Program's research and provide data to other land management agencies and the public.

minerals information sources icon
Date Published: January 31, 2017

Minerals Information and Materials Flow

Information on domestic and international supplies and uses of mineral commodities is essential to the U.S. economy and to national security. Statistics and information on domestic and international minerals production, consumption, and materials flow is collected based on surveys of the domestic mineral industry and foreign governments.