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Mineral Resources Program

The USGS Mineral Resources Program (MRP) provides scientific information for objective resource assessments and unbiased research results on mineral potential, production, consumption, and environmental effects. The MRP is the sole Federal source for this information.

The MRP funds research to address two major program functions:

  • Research and assessment—Provides information for land planners and decision makers about where mineral commodities are known and suspected in the Earth's crust and about the environmental consequences of the presence of those commodities. MRP supports an on-going effort to coordinate the development of national-scale geologic, geochemical, geophysical, and mineral resource databases and the migration of existing databases to standard models and formats that are available to both internal and external users.
  • Data collection, analysis, and dissemination—Describes current production and consumption of about 100 mineral commodities, both domestically and internationally for approximately 180 countries.

The unique expertise developed by MRP over many decades in response to mineral-resource-related issues is now in demand to support applications such as public health research and remediation of natural hazards.

What You Will Find on This Site

About the Program — How the Program began, how it is funded and evaluated, its major components and products.

About Mineral Resources Science — What MRP activities study and measure, the methodology, and its' importance to the USGS.

Mineral Resources Activities — Information about current and past mineral resources activities throughout the United States.

Mineral Resources Products — Links to MRP-funded data portals and reports.

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