16. USGS Earth MRI
Warren Day, firstname.lastname@example.org
The goal of the new USGS Earth Mapping Resources Initiative (Earth MRI) is to improve our knowledge of the geologic framework for areas that have the potential to contain undiscovered critical mineral resources. Enhancement of our domestic mineral supply will decrease our reliance on foreign sources of minerals that are fundamental to the Nation’s security and economy. This session will introduce the USGS response to the government-wide critical minerals effort, review the types of new data being generated, how mineral systems approach helps delineate focus areas for new data acquisition, and present an example of USGS-funded research on lithium resources in the Great Basin. A panel discussion will elicit audience input on the approach and types of data the USGS is acquiring through Earth MRI.
Time: 85 Minutes
5 talks @ ~10 minutes (~60 minutes) with 25-minute round table open discussion with audience participation.
Panel Members and Topics
- The “all of government” critical minerals effort and how the USGS fits into the larger picture. How MRP is addressing the knowledge gaps through Earth MRI and MRP-funded CM research.
- Overview of the USGS Earth MRI Program
- Mineral systems approach to helping define focus areas with potential for critical minerals
- Defining focus areas for mapping critical mineral resources across the Nation
- Example of USGS research on critical minerals: Lithium projects in Great Basin