How to use the mineral resource data catalog

This catalog provides a topical index of USGS mineral resources data. It is not an exhaustive list of all available resources, but provides a categorization using a thesaurus of related terms that will give you definitions, links to scientific information, and a structured approach to finding it.

Example

Shows a topic page with the parts labeled.

Topic page contents

More general topics
Broader topics of which the current topic is a part.
Topic name
A label for a scientific concept.
Scope or definition
What we mean by this topic and what we include in it. Generally this is not a complete definition.
Subtopics
More specific topics that are parts, types, or instances of the topic.
Related topics
Other topics that might be helpful to you.
Results
Web sites or documents that discuss or explain the topic.