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By Shane Lasley
Metal Tech News 

USGS launches 3 new Earth MRI scans

For critical minerals in Missouri, Montana, and Minnesota Metal Tech News - January 20, 2023


Last updated 2/2/2023 at 3:48am

Geologist using hammer to break off a rock sample on a hillside in Alaska.

Adrian Bender, U.S. Geological Survey

One aspect of the USGS Earth MRI program is the mapping and sampling of surfacing geology in areas known for their critical mineral potential. This photo shows USGS geoscientist Jamey Jones sampling an outcrop in Alaska.

As part of its nationwide scan for domestic sources of critical minerals, the U.S. Geological Survey is investing just over $1 million to gain a better understanding of the potential for cobalt, nickel, niobium, rare earths, manganese, platinum group elements, and other essential metals in Missouri, Montana, and Minnesota.

In 2022, the U.S. Department of the Interior allotted more than $74 mill...

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