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map of phosphorus concentrations in soil
Map showing phosphorus concentrations in the C horizon of soils in the conterminous U.S. From USGS Open-File Report 2014-1082, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20141082.

The Mineral Resources Program conducts research on the interactions of mineral resources with the environment, both natural and as a result of resource extraction, to develop geochemical baseline parameters and better predict the degree of impact that resource development may have on human and ecosystem health. These activities include efforts to better understand emerging environmental geochemical challenges for future mining and the uses, characteristics, and environmental/health implications of metal and mineral commodities in the built environment.

Current Projects

Completed Projects

Interactions of Mineral Resources with the Environment

Management of Natural Resources on Federal Lands

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