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The USGS Mineral Resources Program delivers unbiased science and information to understand mineral resource potential, production, consumption, and how minerals interact with the environment.

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USGS Minerals in Our Environment Poster Updated for PBS LearningMedia

Check out this interactive update to our Minerals in Our Environment Poster showing how minerals are all around us in our daily lives!

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Natural Graphite Demand and Supply—Implications for Electric Vehicle Battery Requirements View Abstract

Groundbreaking has begun for a lithium-ion battery factory in Nevada that, at capacity, could manufacture enough batteries to power 500,000 electric vehicles of various types and provide economies of scale to reduce the cost of batteries.

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Industrial Minerals and Sustainability: By-products from SO2 Mitigation as Substitutes for Mined Mineral Commodities View Abstract

The cascading effect of efforts in the United States to mitigate SO2 emissions from multiple sources through the enactment of the Clean Air Act, and its amendments, has resulted in more than improved air quality alone.

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Assessment of Critical Minerals: Screening Methodology and Initial Application [PDF file, 3.4 MB]

A new report from the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) provides and applies a systematic methodology to screen for potentially critical minerals.

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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 USGS.

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Data and Information

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Mineral Resources Online Spatial Data

Interactive maps and downloadable data for regional and global Geology, Geochemistry, Geophysics, and Mineral Resources.

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Mineral Statistics and Commodity Information

Statistics and information on minerals and materials essential to the U.S. economy, the national security, and protection of the environment.

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Mineral Commodity Fact Sheets

Fact sheets on selected commodities - learn about why these commodities are important to the U.S.

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Mineral Resource of the Month

A column by USGS mineral commodity specialists featured in Earth Magazine.

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Soil Geochemical and Mineralogical Maps for the Conterminous U.S.

Geochemical and mineralogical maps for each element or mineral whose data are provided in DS-801.

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Do We Take Minerals for Granted?

Overview of the role minerals play in the everyday lives of U.S. residents.