Major mineral deposits of the world

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Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Schulz, Klaus J.
Originator: Briskey, Joseph A.
Title: Major mineral deposits of the world
Publication_Date: 2005
Series_Information:
Series_Name: Open-File Report
Issue_Identification: 2005-1294
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Reston, Virginia
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Online_Linkage: https://mrdata.usgs.gov/major-deposits/
Description:
Abstract:
Regional locations and general geologic setting of known deposits of major nonfuel mineral commodities. Originally compiled in five parts by diverse authors, combined here for convenience despite likely inconsistencies among the regional reports.
Purpose:
The five regional compilations of major mineral deposits that are here combined were originally created to begin a global mineral resource assessment, and so should be understood as providing generalized fundamental information about where in the world important mineral resources have been discovered.

For our purposes, we did not need to obtain highly precise geographic locations or details of the geometry of the deposits or their precise geographic extents. The user should expect these point locations to be near the deposits they describe, but the locations may be expected to be one or a few kilometers from the actual locations.

Likewise this survey did not require detailed information on the geological setting of each deposit or the extent of production or resource estimates. For larger deposits described here, such information may be available in other USGS databases or publications.
Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 2009
Currentness_Reference: publication date of the last-appearing source
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: None planned
Spatial_Domain:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -178.73
East_Bounding_Coordinate: 178.18
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 83.1
South_Bounding_Coordinate: -48.39
Access_Constraints: none
Use_Constraints: none
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: Alexandria Digital Library Feature Type Thesaurus
Theme_Keyword: mine sites
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: Common geographic areas
Place_Keyword: fLD50 = Africa
Place_Keyword: fLD70 = Asia
Place_Keyword: fLD80 = Asia Minor and Middle East
Place_Keyword: fLD60 = Australia and New Zealand
Place_Keyword: fLD20 = Central America
Place_Keyword: fLD40 = Europe
Place_Keyword: fLD10 = North America
Place_Keyword: fLD30 = South America
Place_Keyword: fLD90 = Southeast Asia
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: USGS Thesaurus
Theme_Keyword: economic geology
Theme_Keyword: geospatial datasets
Theme_Keyword: mineral resources
Theme_Keyword: web map services
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Category
Theme_Keyword: geoscientificInformation
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Klaus J Schulz
Contact_Organization: Midwest Region
Contact_Position: Research Geologist
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing address
Address:
Mail Stop 954
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr
City: Reston
State_or_Province: VA
Postal_Code: 20192
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 703-648-6320
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 703-648-6383
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: kschulz@usgs.gov
Browse_Graphic:
Browse_Graphic_File_Name: https://mrdata.usgs.gov/major-deposits/ofr20051294.png
Browse_Graphic_File_Description:
Reduced-size map of the world showing the locations of the major deposits plotted., (540 x 270 pixels)
Browse_Graphic_File_Type: PNG
Data_Quality_Information:
Attribute_Accuracy:
Attribute_Accuracy_Report:
This combination of data from the five reports did not address accuracy of the deposit characteristics, but it did correct spelling of some commodity values.
Logical_Consistency_Report:
Rumor has it that, because the five component reports of OFR-2005-1294 were compiled by different geoscientists, there may be variations among the reports in the criteria by which deposits were chosen for inclusion, and it is clear from the data that the deposits of the US were documented more fully than those of the other regions, owing to greater access to source materials.
Completeness_Report:
Information in the component reports meet the needs of USGS coordinators as of 2005, but no further information has been added to reflect any newly discovered resources or deposits.
Lineage:
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Zientek, Michael L.
Originator: Orris, Greta J.
Publication_Date: 2005
Title: Geology and nonfuel mineral deposits of the United States
Series_Information:
Series_Name: Open-File Report
Issue_Identification: 2005-1294-A
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Reston, Virginia
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Online_Linkage: https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2005/1294/a/
Type_of_Source_Media: Digital file in Microsoft Excel format
Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 2005
Source_Currentness_Reference: publication date
Source_Citation_Abbreviation: ofr20051294A
Source_Contribution: Deposits of the United States
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Cunningham, Charles G.
Originator: Zientek, Michael L.
Originator: Bawiec, Walter J.
Originator: Orris, Greta J.
Publication_Date: 2005
Title:
Geology and Nonfuel Mineral Deposits of Latin America and Canada
Series_Information:
Series_Name: Open-File Report
Issue_Identification: 2005-1294-B
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Reston, Virginia
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Online_Linkage: https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2005/1294/b/
Type_of_Source_Media: Digital file in PDF
Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 2005
Source_Currentness_Reference: publication date
Source_Citation_Abbreviation: ofr20051294B
Source_Contribution: Deposits of Latin America and Canada
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Peters, Stephen G.
Originator: Nokleberg, Warren J.
Originator: Doebrich, Jeff L.
Originator: Bawiec, Walter J.
Originator: Orris, Greta
Originator: Sutphin, David M.
Originator: Wilburn, David R.
Publication_Date: 2005
Title: Geology and nonfuel mineral deposits of Asia and the Pacific
Series_Information:
Series_Name: Open-File Report
Issue_Identification: 2005-1294-C
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Reston, Virginia
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Online_Linkage: https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2005/1294/c/
Type_of_Source_Media: Digital file in shapefile format
Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 2005
Source_Currentness_Reference: publication date
Source_Citation_Abbreviation: ofr20051294C
Source_Contribution: Deposits of Asia and the Pacific
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Nokleberg, Warren J.
Originator: Bawiec, Walter J.
Originator: Doebrich, Jeff L.
Originator: Lipin, Bruce R.
Originator: Miller, Robert J.
Originator: Orris, Greta J.
Originator: Zientek, Michael L.
Publication_Date: 2005
Title:
Geology and nonfuel mineral deposits of Greenland, Europe, Russia, and northern Central Asia
Series_Information:
Series_Name: Open-File Report
Issue_Identification: 2005-1294-D
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Reston, Virginia
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Online_Linkage: https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2005/1294/d/
Type_of_Source_Media: Digital file in PDF
Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 2005
Source_Currentness_Reference: publication date
Source_Citation_Abbreviation: ofr20051294D
Source_Contribution: Deposits in Europe and northern Central Asia
Source_Information:
Source_Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Taylor, Cliff D.
Originator: Schulz, Klaus J.
Originator: Doebrich, Jeff L.
Originator: Orris, Greta
Originator: Denning, Paul D.
Originator: Kirschbaum, Michael J.
Publication_Date: 2009
Title:
Geology and Nonfuel Mineral Deposits of Africa and the Middle East
Series_Information:
Series_Name: Open-File Report
Issue_Identification: 2005-1294
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Reston, Virginia
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Online_Linkage: https://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2005/1294/e/
Type_of_Source_Media: Digital file in PDF
Source_Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Single_Date/Time:
Calendar_Date: 2009
Source_Currentness_Reference: publication date
Source_Citation_Abbreviation: ofr20051294E
Source_Contribution: Deposits in Africa and countries of the Middle East
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
Data table from part A was obtained by request to the senior author as a spreadsheet. Data from part C was published as a GIS shapefile. Data from the other parts was scraped from the PDF reports on the web.

Commodity lists were parsed, spelling was corrected, and consistent commodity identifiers were stored in the separate commodity table (joined to the deposit table on the field gid present in both tables). Commodity values in the commodity table are element symbols for elemental commodities, and lower-case names for mineral commodities, with the addition of the element groups REE and PGE as is common practice.

References from the reports were combined and duplicates removed. Digital compiler aspires to connect the full references with the short citations that are contained in the tables, but as of 2015-09-18 this has not been successfuly completed.
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation: ofr20051294A
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation: ofr20051294B
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation: ofr20051294C
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation: ofr20051294D
Source_Used_Citation_Abbreviation: ofr20051294E
Process_Date: 201509
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Peter N Schweitzer
Contact_Organization: USGS ER GD
Contact_Position: Geologist
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing address
Address: 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
City: Reston
State_or_Province: VA
Postal_Code: 20192-0002
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 703-648-6533
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 703-648-6252
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: pschweitzer@usgs.gov
Spatial_Data_Organization_Information:
Direct_Spatial_Reference_Method: Point
Point_and_Vector_Object_Information:
SDTS_Terms_Description:
SDTS_Point_and_Vector_Object_Type: Entity point
Point_and_Vector_Object_Count: 3168
Spatial_Reference_Information:
Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Geographic:
Latitude_Resolution: 0.0001
Longitude_Resolution: 0.0001
Geographic_Coordinate_Units: decimal degrees
Geodetic_Model:
Horizontal_Datum_Name: World Geodetic System 1984
Ellipsoid_Name: WGS 84
Semi-major_Axis: 6378137
Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio: 298.257
Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Detailed_Description:
Entity_Type:
Entity_Type_Label: deposit
Entity_Type_Definition:
Regional locations and general geologic setting of known deposits of major nonfuel mineral commodities
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: gid
Attribute_Definition:
Record ID.

Simple record number for this database. Integer values. Integer of width 4.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: dep_name
Attribute_Definition:
Deposit name.

Name of the site or deposit, possibly with alternatives. Textual values of no more than 128 characters.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: country
Attribute_Definition:
Country.

Country in which the site is located. Textual values of no more than 32 characters.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: state
Attribute_Definition:
State.

State in which the site is located, for US sites. Textual values of no more than 48 characters.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: latitude
Attribute_Definition:
Latitude.

Geographic latitude in decimal degrees, WGS84, south latitudes negative. Real numbers stored in double precision.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: longitude
Attribute_Definition:
Longitude.

Geographic longitude in decimal degrees, WGS84, west longitudes negative. Real numbers stored in double precision.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: commodity
Attribute_Definition:
Commodity.

List of commodities present at the site. Textual values of no more than 80 characters.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: dep_type
Attribute_Definition:
Deposit type.

Generalized type of deposit. Textual values of no more than 40 characters.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: type_detail
Attribute_Definition:
Deposit type detail.

More details on deposit type, where available. Textual values of no more than 96 characters.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: model_code
Attribute_Definition:
Deposit model code.

Identifier of the deposit model, from Cox and Singer 1986. Textual values of no more than 16 characters.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: model_name
Attribute_Definition:
Deposit model name.

Name of the deposit model, from Cox and Singer 1986. Textual values of no more than 80 characters.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: metallic
Attribute_Definition:
Commodity type.

Metallic or non-metallic. Textual values of no more than 16 characters.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: citation
Attribute_Definition:
Source citation.

Short bibligraphic references as used in scientific texts, semicolon-separated list. Textual values of no more than 96 characters.
Detailed_Description:
Entity_Type:
Entity_Type_Label: commodity
Entity_Type_Definition:
Commodities listed separately and regularized in spelling and capitalization
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: gid
Attribute_Definition:
Record ID.

Unique identifier of the site within this database, a value of deposit:gid. Integer values. Integer of width 4.
Attribute:
Attribute_Label: value
Attribute_Definition:
Commodity.

Name of mineral commodity or elemental symbol. Textual values of no more than 32 characters.
Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Peter N Schweitzer
Contact_Organization: USGS ER GD
Contact_Position: Geologist
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing address
Address: 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
City: Reston
State_or_Province: VA
Postal_Code: 20192-0002
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 703-648-6533
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 703-648-6252
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: pschweitzer@usgs.gov
Resource_Description: USGS OFR 2005-1294, parts A through E, data tables only
Distribution_Liability:
Any use of trade, product, or firm names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
Standard_Order_Process:
Digital_Form:
Digital_Transfer_Information:
Format_Name: WMS
Format_Version_Number: 1.3.0
Format_Information_Content: Mineral deposits and characteristics
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
Digital_Form:
Digital_Transfer_Information:
Format_Name: Shapefile
Format_Version_Number: 1.0
Format_Information_Content:
Mineral deposit locations with general deposit characteristics and commodity
Transfer_Size: 0.15
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
Network_Address:
Fees: none
Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20161207
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Schweitzer, Peter, N
Contact_Organization: Eastern Mineral Resources Team
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing address
Address: 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive Mail Stop 954
City: Reston
State_or_Province: VA
Postal_Code: 20192
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 703-648-6533
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: pschweitzer@usgs.gov
Metadata_Standard_Name: Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998


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