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Mineral Deposit Database

Project Chief:

Greg Fernette
Phone: 303-236-5611

Project Objectives

A key mission of the USGS Mineral Resources Program is the collection and dissemination of mineral resources information. This information is used by the USGS, other goverment agencies (State and Federal), private industy and the general public. An accurate, up-to-date mineral deposit database will facilitate ongoing USGS projects related to mineral resource assessments and information, the managment of mineral resources in the United States, and the formulation of a national minerals stategy. Accurate and current information on mineral deposits and occurrences must be in a form that is readily usable for geospatial analysis (i.e., GIS). State and federal land managment agencies also need this data for land management planning and abandoned mine lands programs among other uses.

The Mineral Deposit Database project objectives are to upgrade the USGS mineral deposit database to meet the needs potential users of mineral resources information. The project will consist of two core activities proceeding in parallel: 1) database design and 2) data acquisition.

Database Design Activity

This activity includes mineral deposit database design including selection of the database platform. A significant part of the design process will consist of determining the needs of various users so that the content and structure of the database will meet those needs. A second aspect of database design will be the selection of the appropriate technologic platform which allow the maximum present future flexibility in the development and maintainence of the database.

Data Acquisition Activity

This activity consists of three tasks focued on acquiring three types of data:

  1. acquisition of mining and mineral deposit related features from USGS topographic maps,
  2. collection and data from other sources such as geologic maps and reports, and
  3. collection and compilation of mineral production and resource data.

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Mineral Resources On-Line Spatial Data

Mineral Resources Program
Eastern Central GMEG Alaska Minerals Information Crustal Geophysics and Geochemistry Spatial Data

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