Large-area material maps of the conterminous United States

The large-area material maps presented here were designed to aid in the identification of mineral groups in exposed rocks, soils, mine waste rock, and mill tailings on the Earth's surface. Data presented here come from two sources: ASTER, covering the northwestern and southwestern US; and Landsat 7, covering the entire conterminous US. Algorithms used to infer mineralogical composition of surficial materials from the source data were described in other reports, specifically USGS SIM 3190 for the ASTER data and USGS SIM 3252 for the Landsat 7 data.


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U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2009-5117

Comparison of ASTER- and AVIRIS-derived mineral and vegetation maps of the White Horse replacement alunite deposit and surrounding area, Marysvale volcanic field, Utah

U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3104

Mineral and vegetation maps of the Bodie Hills, Sweetwater Mountains, and Wassuk Range, California/Nevada, generated from ASTER satellite data

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Evaluation of detailed and automated methodologies for hydrothermal alteration mapping from space: application to geoenvironmental and mineral resource assessments at the scale of watersheds and permissive tracts (abstract and multimedia PowerPoint presentation)

U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3190

Description and validation of an automated methodology for mapping mineralogy, vegetation, and hydrothermal alteration type from ASTER satellite imagery with examples from the San Juan Mountains, Colorado

U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3252

Automated mapping of mineral groups and green vegetation from Landsat Thematic Mapper imagery with an example from the San Juan Mountains, Colorado

U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3256

Comparative mineral mapping in the Colorado Mineral Belt using AVIRIS and ASTER remote sensing data

U.S. Geological Survey data release 10.5066/F7CR5RK7

Digital maps of hydrothermal alteration type, key mineral groups, and green vegetation of the western United States derived from automated analysis of ASTER satellite data

NASA JPL Publication 99-17

Preliminary materials mapping in the Park City region for the Utah USGS-EPA Imaging Spectroscopy Project using both high- and low-altitude AVIRIS data

Economic Geology 10.2113/gsecongeo.101.7.1377

Spectroscopic mapping of the White Horse alunite deposit, Marysvale volcanic field, Utah: evidence of a magmatic component

Geosphere 10.1130/GES00126.1

Identification of quartz and carbonate minerals across northern Nevada using ASTER thermal infrared emissivity data-Implications for geologic mapping and mineral resource investigations in well-studied and frontier areas

Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs vol. 41, no. 6

Remote detection of argillic alteration in quartzites and quartz arenites above and distal to porphyry Cu and Mo deposits: implications for assessments of concealed deposits

U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2012-1105

Mapping argillic and advanced argillic alteration in volcanic rocks, quartzites, and quartz arenites in the western Richfield 1° x 2° quadrangle, southwestern Utah, using ASTER satellite data

U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2004-5241

Remote sensing for environmental site screening and watershed evaluation in Utah mine lands: East Tintic Mountains, Oquirrh Mountains, and Tushar Mountains

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