Mining Initiative

The extraction and management of the Nation's mineral resources and fossil fuels is vital to the health and well-being of the people of the United States. By providing sound, unbiased scientific data, the USGS enables resource managers to effectively balance both socio-economic and environmental issues to improve the lives of all Americans. With this goal in mind, the USGS Midwest Area Mining Initiative creates central focal points for researchers within the area that effectively target and address the most critical issues at hand; this initiative enables partner-driven science and efficient collaboration among USGS researchers from all science disciplines..
USGS EEAP Introduction

USGS science is a critical to the management of the Nation's mineral resources and fossil fuels; USGS science allows resource managers to effectively utilize, and safely extract, these resources for the benefit of the American people. This is a large task and gets larger every year - world production of nonfuel minerals has steadily increased from about 79.5 thousand metric tons in 2004 to about 85.5 thousand metric tons in 2008; in 2008 the United States alone accounted for about 11 percent of that world total. The value of the raw, nonfuel minerals mined in the U.S. was $64 billion in 2010, up from $59 billion in 2009. Coal and other fossil fuels also add to this complexity. In 1998, about 1,082 million short tons of coal, constituting 93 percent of the total U.S. production, were produced from five main basins in the U.S.; three of these prominent basins (the Northern Rocky Mountains, Illinois Basin, and Appalachian Basin) lie within the USGS Midwest Area. Given this ever-increasing and daunting task, the need for effective and targeted science will continue to grow within the USGS Midwest Area and across the Nation.

Mining Info Sheet NEW Mining Info Sheet
Overview of the Midwest Area's Mining Initiative.
Workshop - Sept. 2011 (Odanah, Wisconsin) Workshop - Sept. 2011 (Odanah, Wisconsin)
Understanding Impacts of Mining in the Western Lake Superior region.
Two New Mining-Related Extensions for WATER Model Two New Mining-Related Extensions for WATER Model
PHREEQ-C and PEST functions for WATER model.
USGS Midwest Area Initiatives
Ohio River Abandoned Mine Lands GIS Data Ohio River Abandoned Mine Lands GIS Data
Spatial-data products needed for AML and reclamation studies.
USGS EEAP Contacts

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USGS Midwest Area Initiatives

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