Critical minerals

A non-fuel mineral or mineral material essential to the economic and national security of the US, the supply chain of which is vulnerable to disruption, and that serves an essential function in the manufacturing of a product, the absence of which would have significant consequences for our economy or our national security.
This category is also used for critical mineral resources.
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Focus areas for data acquisition for potential domestic resources of 11 critical minerals in Alaska—Aluminum, cobalt, graphite, lithium, niobium, platinum group elements, rare earth elements, tantalum, tin, titanium, and tungsten

Geographic areas within Alaska where deposits of certain critical mineral resources might be found. With state agencies and other organizations, USGS intends to conduct studies that will help locate critical mineral resources within these areas.

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Focus areas for data acquisition for potential domestic resources of 11 critical minerals in the conterminous United States, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico—Aluminum, cobalt, graphite, lithium, niobium, platinum-group elements, rare earth elements, tantalum, titanium, and tungsten

Geographic areas within the US where deposits of certain critical mineral resources might be found. With state agencies and other organizations, USGS intends to conduct studies that will help locate critical mineral resources within these areas.

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GIS for focus areas of potential domestic resources of 11 critical minerals: aluminum, cobalt, graphite, lithium, niobium, platinum group elements, rare earth elements, tantalum, tin, titanium, and tungsten

Geographic areas identified to target acquisition of geologic mapping, geophysical data, geochemistry, or detailed topographic information to aid research, mineral exploration, and evaluation of critical mineral potential.

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GIS, supplemental data table, and references for focus areas of potential domestic resources of 13 critical minerals in the United States and Puerto Rico: antimony, barite, beryllium, chromium, fluorspar, hafnium, helium, magnesium, manganese, potash, uranium, vanadium, and zirconium

Broad areas within the United States to target acquisition of geologic mapping, geophysical data, geochemical analysis, or detailed topographic information to aid research, mineral exploration, and evaluation of critical mineral potential in these areas.

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International geoscience collaboration to support critical mineral discovery

Explains how and why an international collaboration among geoscience agencies will help the participating nations expand and diversify critical mineral supply chains.

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Methodology and technical input for the 2021 review and revision of the U.S. Critical Minerals List

Explains how USGS evaluates disruption potential, economic vulnerability, trade exposure, and overall supply risk to develop recommendations as to which mineral commodities might be included in the official list of US critical minerals.

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Systems-deposits-commodities-critical minerals table for the earth mapping resources initiative

Describes the rationale for, and structure of, a table developed for Earth MRI that relates critical minerals and principal commodities to the deposit types and mineral systems in which they are concentrated. The hierarchical relationship between systems, deposits, commodities, and critical minerals makes it possible to define and prioritize each system-based focus area once for all of the critical minerals that it may contain.

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Aeromagnetic and aeroradiometric data acquired over parts of the Trans-Pecos region of West Texas and Southern New Mexico

Magnetic anomaly and radiometric data for this area, to understand the geological structure and processes controlling the presence and distribution of alkaline igneous rocks that may be enriched in rare earth elements. Data are provided in CSV, GeoTiff, and Geosoft XYZ (flight-line) formats, packaged using the compressed 7-zip format.

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