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Location and Assessments of Alaska's Minerals


Wickersham Grit. Photo by Jamey Jones. The USGS Alaska Science Center conducts objective scientific investigations into the origin of mineral deposits and the mineral-resource potential underlying public lands in Alaska. These studies provide information to land-use planners and decision makers about where mineral commodities are known and suspected in the Earth’s crust and about potential environmental consequences of the presence of those commodities. In addition to mineral-resource assessments, geoscience data are relevant to the issues of resource development, hazard mitigation, engineering, construction, habitat designation, tourism, environmental impacts, and other concerns. Federal lands constitute 64% of the onshore portion of Alaska, and the USGS works with the land-management agencies to provide the type, scale, quality, and quantity of data needed for effective land-use decisions.

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