Locations of focus areas to be used in the Earth Mapping Resource Initiative (Earth MRI) for planning and collection of geophysical, geological, geochemical, and topographic (lidar) data pertaining to the study of critical mineral resources in the US.
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Show in Google Earth or other KML viewer:
earthmrifocus.kml (uncompressed KML file 287M bytes)
earthmrifocus.kmz (compressed KML file 87M bytes)
Show in your GIS using OGC web services:
https://mrdata.usgs.gov/services/emri-focus (WMS, version 1.3.0)
https://mrdata.usgs.gov/services/emri-focus (WFS, version 1.1.0)
OGC WMTS tile services at https://mrdata.usgs.gov/mapcache/wmts/ by mineral system:
|Layer name||Mineral system|
|ms003||Basin brine path|
|ms017||Porphyry Sn (granite-related)|
|ms021||Hybrid magmatic REE / basin brine path|
Get the entire data set:
focusAreas_emri_gdb.zip (File geodatabase 83M bytes)
focusAreas_emri_shp.zip (Shapefile 148M bytes)
EMRI_focus_area_data_table_csv.zip (CSV 857k bytes)
Search focus areas by mineral system, deposit type, commodity, or state
Mineral systems-commodities-critical minerals: Table 1 of OFR 2020-1042, JSON format.
A re-expression of Table 1 in JSON format, including bibliographic references.
Earth Mapping Resources Initiative (Earth MRI)
An effort undertaken by USGS as part of the Federal strategy to ensure secure and reliable supplies of critical minerals.
Web service (GeoJSON) providing information about focus areas for studies of the Earth MRI whose characteristics match a specific mineral system, deposit type, commodity, or state.
Earth MRI focus area category service
Web service providing category information for focus areas of the Earth MRI, returning GeoJSON.