Berger, Byron R.

About the author

BYRON R. BERGER graduated from Occidental College, Los Angeles, with a B.A. degree in economics, and from the University of California at Los Angeles with an M.S. degree in geology. From 1971 to 1977, he worked in the Minerals Exploration Department and Minerals Exploration Research Division, Research and Development Department, of the Continental Oil Company. In 1977 he joined the U.S. Geological Survey, where he has been a research geologist and has served as Chief, Branch of Geochemistry (1983–1988) and Deputy Chief, Office of Mineral Resources (1988–1992). He is presently a member of the Crustal Imaging and Characterization Team and conducts research on (1) thermal, mechanical, and hydraulic coupling in ore formation, (2) the environmental geology and geochemistry of mineralized areas, and (3) the development of tectonic and structural models of epizonal hydrothermal mineral deposits for mineral resource assessment applications.
Abandoned mines and quarries, Alteration, Atomic emission spectroscopy, Bedforms, Bedrock geologic units, Borehole logging, Copper, Dissolved metals, Economic geology, Faulting (geologic), Geochemistry, Geologic contacts, Geologic history, Geologic maps, Geologic structure, Geomorphology, Geophysics, Geospatial analysis, Geospatial datasets, Gold, Groundwater and surface-water interaction, Groundwater flow, Human environmental safety, Hydrogeology, Igneous rocks, Mathematical simulation, Metallic mineral resources, Mine drainage, Mine waste, Mineral deposits, Mineralogy, Molybdenum, Natural resource assessment, Natural resource exploration, Petrography, Porosity, Resource supply and demand, Silver, Tectonic processes, Tellurium, Toxic trace element contamination, X-ray diffraction, Mine sites, Mineral deposit areas, Porphyry, Copper, Microsoft Excel format, Portable Document Format, File geodatabase (Esri), Shapefile, Tellurium

Porphyry copper assessment of western Central Asia

With extensive geological and mineral resource information here, we estimated a mean of 25 undiscovered deposits of this type in this area, with a mean estimate of 95 million metric tons of copper.

Characterization of potential mineralization in Afghanistan: four permissive areas identified using imaging spectroscopy data

As part of the U.S. Geological Survey and Department of Defense Task Force for Business and Stability Operations natural resources revitalization activities in Afghanistan, four permissive areas for mineralization, Bamyan 1, Farah 1, Ghazni 1, and Ghazni


Tellurium is a rare element obtained as a byproduct of mining for other commodities whose main uses are in photovoltaic solar cells and as an additive to copper, lead, and steel alloys in various types of machinery.

Characterization of Geologic Structures and Host Rock Properties Relevant to the Hydrogeology of the Standard Mine in Elk Basin, Gunnison County, Colorado

Geological and borehole geophysical data and observations collected to characterize the basin and its surface and groundwater flow systems with primary focus on the physical characteristics of the fault vein, related mine workings, and surrounding bedrock

Porphyry copper assessment of Europe, exclusive of the Fennoscandian Shield

This study delineated permissive areas for undiscovered porphyry copper deposits, compiled a database of known deposits and significant prospects, estimated undiscovered deposits within those areas and made probabilistic estimates of their metal content