Our scientists conduct high-priority, objective research in support of the USGS Mineral Resources Program and USGS science strategy, the U.S. Department of the Interior resource and land management bureaus, other federal and state agencies, Native American tribes, non-governmental organizations, and academic and other collaborators. Our cross-disciplinary research projects are integrated with USGS Mineral Resources Program focus areas and with our collaborative and outside-funded activities.
Demand for critical mineral commodities is on the rise with increasing applications in consumer products such as phones and tablets. Research and assessment activities address the need for more up-to-date information on the nation's and the world's critical mineral resources.
Geophysical and remote sensing tools and techniques allow us to see geologic units and structures on and beneath the Earth’s surface to understand how mineral resources are distributed.
Understanding potential and existing environmental and ecosystem impacts promotes sustainable development of needed mineral materials and responsible stewardship of our natural resources.
Laboratories provide data to help characterize and improve understanding of mineral resources and materials. Diverse technique and method development support our Program's research and provide data to other land management agencies and the public.
Comprehensive data storage and delivery systems serve mineral resource and related data to USGS scientists and the general public.