Link to U.S. Geological Survey home page

U.S. Geological Survey
Open-File Report 02-423
Version 1.0

Agenda, Extended Abstracts, and Bibliographies for a Workshop on Deposit Modeling, Mineral Resources Assessment, and Their Role in Sustainable Development (31st International Geological Congress)

Edited by Joseph A. Briskey and Klaus J. Schulz

Prepared in cooperation with the Deposit Modeling Program of the International Union of Geological Sciences - United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization


Global demand for mineral resources continues to increase because of increasing global population and the desire and efforts to improve living standards worldwide. The ability to meet this growing demand for minerals is affected by the concerns about possible environmental degradation associated with minerals production and by competing land uses. Informed planning and decisions concerning sustainability and resource development require a long-term perspective and an integrated approach to land-use, resource, and environmental management worldwide. This, in turn, requires unbiased information on the global distribution of identified and especially undiscovered resources, the economic and political factors influencing their development, and the potential environmental consequences of their exploitation.

The purpose of the IGC workshop is to review the state-of-the-art in mineral-deposit modeling and quantitative resource assessment and to examine their role in the sustainability of mineral use. The workshop will address such questions as: Which of the available mineral-deposit models and assessment methods are best suited for predicting the locations, deposit types, and amounts of undiscovered nonfuel mineral resources remaining in the world? What is the availability of global geologic, mineral deposit, and mineral-exploration information? How can mineral-resource assessments be used to address economic and environmental issues? Presentations will include overviews of assessment methods used in previous national and other small-scale assessments of large regions as well as resulting assessment products and their uses.

Download Open-File Report 02-423 (83 pages) as a single Acrobat PDF file (3.4 MB).

Download free Acrobat Reader software.

Visit the Adobe accessibility website.


This publication was prepared by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, expressed or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed in this report, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference therein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. Although data from this publication has been used by the U.S. Geological Survey, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made by the U.S. Geological Survey as to the accuracy of the data. The act of distribution shall not constitute any such warranty, and no responsibility is assumed by the U.S. Geological Survey in the use of this data.

Ordering U.S. Geological Survey Products

This open-file report is available for purchase on CD-ROM.

Contact Information

For questions about the scientific content of this report, contact Joseph A. Briskey.

[an error occurred while processing this directive]