|U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005-1294|
Edited by Klaus J. Schulz and Joseph A. Briskey
The world's distribution of known nonfuel mineral deposits and their resources is summarized in five reports covering the United States; Latin America and Canada; Asia and the Pacific; Europe and northern central Asia; and Africa and the Middle East. These regional reports are designed to inform the non-earth scientist about the regional locations and general geologic setting of known deposits of major nonfuel mineral commodities. The discussion for each commodity begins with a brief description of the chemical and physical properties of the material and how it is used. However, most of the discussion emphasizes the geology of mineral commodities -- the important mineral deposit types, their geologic setting, and the regional geologic processes that formed them. Each report also includes a brief compilation of major known mineral deposits together with an overview of the potential for the occurrence of undiscovered mineral deposits. Additional information, such as production statistics, economic factors that affect the mineral industries of the region, and historical information, is available in USGS publications such as the Minerals Yearbook (http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/) and through the detailed references provided at the end of each report. The data in these reports will be incorporated into the ongoing USGS cooperative international quantitative mineral resource assessment of the undiscovered nonfuel mineral resources of the continental regions of the world (http://minerals.usgs.gov/east/global/).
This Open-File Report consists of five parts, which are listed below.
The chapters of this report are available in Adobe Reader format.
OF 2005-1294-A. Geology and Nonfuel Mineral Deposits of the United States
OF 2005-1294-B. Geology and Nonfuel Mineral Deposits of Latin America and Canada
OF 2005-1294-C. Geology and Nonfuel Mineral Deposits of Asia and the Pacific
OF 2005-1294-D. Geology and Nonfuel Mineral Deposits of Europe and northern Central Asia
OF 2005-1294-E. Geology and Nonfuel Mineral Deposits of Africa and the Middle East
For scientific questions or comments concerning this report, contact Klaus J. Schulz or Joseph A. Briskey.
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