Earth MRI focus areas

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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focus.kmz (uncompressed KML file 154 megabytes)

focus.kmz (compressed KML file 47 megabytes)

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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
ms001 Alkalic porphyry
ms002 Arsenide
ms003 Basin brine path
ms004 Chemical weathering
ms005 Climax-type
ms006 Coeur d'Alene-type
ms007 IOA-IOCG
ms008 Lacustrine evaporite
ms009 Mafic magmatic
ms010 Magmatic REE
ms011 Marine chemocline
ms012 Metamorphic
ms013 Meteoric recharge
ms014 Orogenic
ms015 Placer
ms016 Porphyry Cu-Mo-Au
ms017 Porphyry Sn (granite-related)
ms018 Reduced intrusion-related
ms019 Volcanogenic seafloor

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FocusAreas_Phase2_v2.gdb.zip (File geodatabase 61M bytes)

FocusAreas_Phase2_v2.zip (Shapefile 80M bytes)

Phase2_DataRelease_full_table.csv (CSV 824k bytes)

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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.

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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.

Earth MRI focus area service

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.

Publication

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 (version 2.0, August 2020)
Dicken, C.L., and Hammarstrom, J.M., 2020, 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 (version 2.0, August 2020): U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P9U6SODG.
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, tin, titanium, and tungsten
Hammarstrom, J.M., Dicken, C.L., Day, W.C., Hofstra, A.H., Drenth, B.J., Shah, A.K., McCafferty, A.E., Woodruff, L.G., Foley, N.K., Ponce, D.A., Frost, T.P., and Stillings, L.L., 2020, 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, tin, titanium, and tungsten, chap. B of U.S. Geological Survey, Focus areas for data acquisition for potential domestic sources of critical minerals: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019-1023, 67 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191023B.
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
Kreiner, D.C., and Jones, J.V., 2020, 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, chap. C of U.S. Geological Survey, Focus areas for data acquisition for potential domestic sources of critical minerals: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019-1023, 20 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191023C.
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
Dicken, C.L., and Hammarstrom, J.M., 2020, 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: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P95CO8LR.
Systems-Deposits-Commodities-Critical Minerals Table for the Earth Mapping Resources Initiative
Hofstra, A.H., and Kreiner, D.C., 2020, Systems-Deposits-Commodities-Critical Minerals Table for the Earth Mapping Resources Initiative: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020-1042, 24 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201042.
GIS and data tables for focus areas for potential domestic nonfuel sources of rare earth elements
Dicken, C.L., Horton, J.D., San Juan, C.A., Anderson, A.K., Ayuso, R.A., Bern, C.R., Bookstrom, A.A., Bradley, D.C., Bultman, M.W., Carter, M.W., Cossette, P.M., Day, W.C., Drenth, B.J., Emsbo, P., Foley, N.K., Frost, T.P., Gettings, M.E., Hammarstrom, J.M., Hayes, T.S., Hofstra, A.H., Hubbard, B.E., John, D.A., Jones, J.V.,III, Kreiner, D.C., Lund, K., McCafferty, A.E., Merchat, A.J., Ponce, D.A., Schulz, K.J., Shah, A.K., Siler, D.L., Taylor, R.D., Vikre, P.G., Walsh, G.J., Woodruff, L.G., and Zurcher, L., 2019, GIS and data tables for focus areas for potential domestic nonfuel sources of rare earth elements: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/P95CHIL0.

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