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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.

Featured Content

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New Publication Highlights Changes in U.S. Copper Industries

Just released - USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2016-5075 United States copper metal and scrap use and trade patterns, 1995‒2014

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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 using modern modeling and analysis techniques.

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What's the Big Idea? — Working with Multiple Perspectives to Better Answer Complex Questions

New video — USGS scientist JoAnn Holloway discusses her interdisciplinary research on trace metal mobility in Idaho.

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USGS Scientists Co-author Alaska Chapter in New Book [PDF file, 21.4 MB]

Mineral Resources in the Arctic, just published by the Norwegian Geological Survey, has chapters available online.

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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!

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, 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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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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Mineral Resource of the Month

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

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Do We Take Minerals for Granted?

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

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