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Minerals Information

By Susan M. Marcus

The U.S. Geological Survey recognized a need to serve the public better by creating public access to the vast USGS resources of minerals information. Mineral products touch each of us in our daily lives and represent, in the words of the American Mining Congress, the building blocks of society. The future availability of minerals needed for the Nation's economic well-being and defense security depends on timely access to current minerals information. The USGS and the U.S. Bureau of Mines (USBM) have a combined minerals expertise that spans such diverse fields as the origins of mineral deposits and the development of new metallurgical techniques. These two agencies created the Minerals Information Office as a cooperative approach to improve public service.

The office is designed as a "one-stop shopping place" for mineral resources inquiries. The office is located in room 2647 of the Interior Building at 18th and C Streets NW in Washington, D.C. Minerals experts in the office provide information and access to USGS and USBM databases, commodity specialists, and publications for the benefit of the public, industry, and State and Federal officials. The office also seeks to improve the exchange of information among Federal agencies and other generators and users of minerals information.

The opening ceremony for the Minerals Information Office was held on June 21, 1988, and was attended by representatives of industry, media, State and Federal governments, and the general public. Under Secretary of the Department of the Interior Earl Gjelde and Assistant Secretary James W. Ziglar joined USGS Director Dallas L. Peck and USBM Director T S Ary in cutting a platinum ribbon.

Mineral commodities have been and will continue to be featured in a series of

activities sponsored by the Minerals Information Office. Platinum and gold were the featured commodities during fiscal year 1988. Exhibits showed regions of the United States thought to have potential for undiscovered conventional and unconventional platinum resources. Samples of platinum ore from Stillwater, Mont., were given away to members of the public who visited the MIO. Goldrelated activities included a series of wellreceived public lectures and demonstrations in the Department of the Interior Museum, exhibition of examples of gold ore from domestic and foreign mines, free distribution of gold-ore samples from the Homestake Mine in South Dakota, and dissemination of fact sheets and brochures about gold.

Computer data bases at the office can provide instant responses to inquiries for information. The USGS Resource Oriented Computer System (ROCS) permits retrieval of graphic and tabular data on mineral resources throughout the world; paper copies of the screen displays are available on site. Data bases also include political and administrative boundaries, ownership, and information about USGS mineral-resource programs and research that can be searched in ways designed to meet each user's specific needs.

The Minerals Information Office also serves as a collector of data that can be used by USGS scientists. Data are compiled and digital files are acquired to enhance the breadth and depth of information available to government researchers. Sources of data include other government agencies, both Federal and State, as well as private industry.

Response to the new office has been positive. The office has replied to both general and technical inquiries and is a favorite stop of visitors to the Interior Building. Additional Minerals Information Offices are being established in conjunction with USGS Field Centers in "Tucson, Ariz., Reno, Nev., and Spokane, Wash., to serve the needs of information users and USGS researchers in those regions. The western Minerals Information Offices will become operational during 1989.

Guide to U.S. Geological Survey Information and Publications

To buy maps of all areas of the United States and to request USGS catalogs, pamphlets, and leaflets (limited quantities free), write or visit:

U.S. Geological Survey

Distribution Branch

Building 810

Denver Federal Center. Box 25286

Denver, CO 80225

To buy Alaska maps, residents of Alaska may

write or visit:

U.S. Geological Survey

Alaska Distribution Section

101 12th Avenue. Box 12

Fairbanks. AK 99701

To buy USGS book publications, to request USGS circulars, or to obtain information on the availability of microfiche or paper-duplicate copies of open-file reports, write: U.S. Geological Survey Books and Open-File Reports Section Federal Center, Box 25425 Denver, CO 80225

To get on the mailing list for the monthly list of New Publications of the U.S. Geological Survey (free), write:

U.S. Geological Survey
Distribution Support Section
582 National Center
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
Reston, VA 22092

To subscribe to Earthquakes and Volcanoes, write:

Superintendent of Documents
Government Printing Office
Washington, DC 20402

To obtain information on programs, publications, and services or to obtain copies of reports and maps, visit the U.S. Geological Survey Public Inquiries Offices at the following addresses:

Room 101
4230 University Dr.
Anchorage, AK 99508-4664

E-146 Federal Bldg.
701 C St.
Anchorage, AK 99513


7638 Federal Bldg.
300 N. Los Angeles St.
Los Angeles. CA 90012

Rm. 3128
Bldg. 3, Stop 533
345 Middlefield Rd.
Menlo Park, CA 94025

504 Custom House

555 Battery St.

San Francisco. CA 94111


169 Federal Bldg. 1961 Stout St. Denver, CO 80294

District of Columbia:

2650 Main Interior Bldg.
18th and E Sts., NW
Washington, DC 20240

8105 Federal Bldg.
125 S. State St.
Salt Lake City, UT 84138


1C402 National Center
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr.
Reston, VA 22092

678 U.S. Courthouse
W. 920 Riverside Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201

To obtain information on cartographic data, write or visit the U.S. Geological Survey National Cartographic Information Centers (NCIC) in the following States:


U.S. Geological Survey

National Cartographic Information Center

4230 University Dr.

Anchorage, AK 99508-4664


U.S. Geological Survey

Western Mapping Center

National Cartographic Information Center

345 Middlefield Rd.

Menlo Park, CA 94025


U.S. Geological Survey

Rocky Mountain Mapping Center

National Cartographic Information Center

Box 25046, Stop 504

Bldg. 25, Denver Federal Center

Denver, CO 80225


U.S. Geological Survey

National Cartographic Information Center

Bldg. 3101

Stennis Space Center, MS 39529


U.S. Geological Survey

Mid-Continent Mapping Center

National Cartographic Information Center

1400 Independence Rd.

Rolla, MO 65401


U.S. Geological Survey

National Cartographic Information Center

1C402 National Center, Stop 507

12201 Sunrise Valley Dr.

Reston, VA 22092

To obtain information on aerial photographs and
satellite and space images, write or visit:
U.S. Geological Survev
EROS Data Center
Sioux Falls, SD 57198

To obtain assistance in locating sources of water data, identifying sites at which data have been collected, and obtaining specific data, write:

U.S. Geological Survey
National Water Data Exchange
National Center, Stop 421
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr.
Reston, VA 22092

To obtain information on ongoing and planned
water-data acquisition activities of all Federal
agencies and many non-Federal organizations,

U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Water Data Coordination
National Center, Stop 417
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr.
Reston, VA 22092

To obtain information on water resources in general and about the water resources of specific areas of the United States, write:

U.S. Geological Survey
Hydrologic Information Unit
National Center, Stop 419
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr.
Reston, VA 22092

To obtain information on geologic topics such as earthquakes and volcanoes, energy and mineral resources, the geology of specific areas, and geologic maps and mapping, write:

U.S. Geological Survey
Geologic Inquiries Group
National Center. Stop 907
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr.
Reston, VA 22092

To obtain information on mineral resources, write or visit:

Minerals Information Office
2647 Main Interior Bldg.
IKth and C Sts., NW
Washington, DC 20240

Budget Information

U.S. Geological Survey budget authority for fiscal year 1988, by appropriation for Surveys, Investigations, and Research [Dollars in thousands]

Activity/Subactivity/Program Element

Fiscal Year



National Mapping, Geography, and Surveys

Primary Mapping and Revision

Digital Cartography

Small, Intermediate, and Special Mapping

Intermediate-Scale Mapping

Small-Scale and Other Special Mapping

Geographic Information Systems Research and


Land Use and Land Cover Mapping

Image Mapping

Advanced Cartographic Systems

Earth Resources Observation Systems

Data Production and Dissemination

Applications and Research

Cartographic and Geographic Information

Side-Looking Airborne Radar

Geologic and Mineral Resource Surveys and Mapping... Geologic Hazards Surveys

Earthquake Hazards Reduction

Volcano Hazards

Landslide Hazards

Geologic Framework and Processes

National Geologic Mapping

Deep Continental Studies


Climate Change

Coastal Erosion

Mineral Resource Surveys

National Mineral Resource Assessment Program

Strategic and Critical Minerals

Development of Assessment Techniques

Energy Geologic Surveys

Evolution of Sedimentary Basins

Coal Investigations

Oil and Gas Investigations

Oil Shale Investigations

Geothermal I nvestigations

Uranium-Thorium Investigations

World Energy Resource Assessment

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Activity/Subactivity/Program Element

Fiscal Year



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Geologic and Mineral Resource Surveys and

Offshore Geologic Surveys 25,182

Offshore Geologic Framework 25,182

Water Resources Investigations 149,147

National Water Resources Research and Information

System—Federal Program 78,662

Data Collection and Analysis 22,234

National Water Data 8c Information Access Program. 1,978

Coordination of National Water Data Activities 1,039

Regional Aquifer System Analysis 11,537

Core Program Hydrologic Research 9,254

Improved Instrumentation 1,707

Water Resources Assessment 1,404

Toxic Substances Hydrology 12,697

Nuclear Waste Hydrology 4,288

Acid Rain 2,993

Scientific and Technical Publications 2,316

National Water-Quality Assessment Program 7,215

National Water Resources Research and Information

System—Federal-State Cooperative Program 59,644

Data Collection and Analysis, Areal Appraisals, and

Special Hydrological Studies 50,670

Water Use 3,979

Coal Hydrology 4,995

National Water Resources Research and Information
System—State Research Institute and Research

Grants Program 10,841

State Water Resources Research Institutes 5,677

National Water Resources Research Grants Program. 4,381

Program Administration 783

General Administration 14,684

Executive Direction 4,655

Administrative Operations 8,391

Reimbursements to the Department of Labor 1,638

Facilities 16,214

National Center—Standard Level User's Charge 13,335

National Center— Facilities Management 2,879

Total $447,747

not include reimbursable funding from Federal, State, and other non-Federal sources,

U.S. Geological Survey budget for fiscal years 1985 to 1988, by activity and sources of funds'
[Dollars in thousands; totals may not add because of rounding]

Budget activity 1985 1986 1987 1988

Total $604,664 $600,852 $620,585 $662,101

Direct program 417,021 412.667 432.114 '448.233

Reimbursable program 187.643 188.185 188,471 2213,868

States, counties, and municipalities 59,454 59,945 63,088 68.609

Miscellaneous non-Federal sources 26,075 12.111 13.667 12,775

Other Federal agencies 102,114 116,129 111,716 132,484

National Mapping, Geography, and Surveys 115,155 112,562 118,462 120,845

Direct program 85,469 84,117 88,542 90,541

Reimbursable program 29,686 28.445 29.921 30,304

States, counties, and municipalities 1.93 1.975 1.841 1,579

Miscellaneous non-Federal sources 9.450 9,568 10,276 210,021

Other Federal agencies 18,299 16.902 17.804 18,705

Geologic and Mineral Resource Surveys and Mapping 216,921 206,463 209,553 224,708

Direct program 169.851 165,585 169,239 177,278

Reimbursable program 47,070 40.878 40,314 46.750

States, counties, and municipalities 1,016 1.320 1,365 1.138

Miscellaneous non-Federal sources 13,261 348 938 368

Other Federal agencies 32,793 39.210 38,011 45,244

Water Resources Investigations 238,131 248,598 254,288 278,380

Direct program 133,408 135.152 142.130 149,471

Reimbursable program 104,723 113,446 112,158 128,910

States, counties, and municipalities 56,500 56,650 59,882 65,893

Miscellaneous non-Federal sources 3.327 2,161 2,437 2,354

Other Federal agencies 44,896 54.635 49,839 60,662

General Administration 15,354 14,515 18,285 17,746

Direct program 15,244 14,246 17,084 14,684

Reimbursable program (Federal) 110 269 1,201 3,062

Miscellaneous non-Federal sources 1 1 3

Other Federal agencies 110 268 1,200 3,060

Facilities 13,089 13,615 15,109 16,252

Direct program 13,049 13,567 15.067 16,214

Reimbursable program 40 48 42 38

Miscellaneous services to other accounts 6,014 5,099 4,835 4,804

Reimbursable program 6,014 5,099 4,835 4,804

Miscellaneous non-Federal sources 37 33 15 29

Other Federal agencies 5,977 5,066 4,820 4,775

Operation and Maintenance of Quarters 52 45

Direct program 52 45

1 Direct program includes $447,747 for current vear, SI 17 for Contributed Funds. $324 for last year's unobligated balance, and $45 for Operation and Maintenance of Quarters.

includes $7,410 for map receipts previously shown under direct program column.

U.S. Geological Sun>ey reimbursable funds from other Federal agencies for fiscal years 1985 to 1988, by agency
[Dollars in thousands]

Budget activity 1985 1986 1987 1988

Department of Agriculture 3,066 2,756 1,247 3,392

Department of Commerce 617 104 100 50

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 6,876 8.675 7,993 6,138

Department of Defense 31,883 27.343 30,551 39,462

Department of Energy 15,893 24,341 24,361 26,800

Bonneville Power Administration 132 170 274 258

Department of the Interior 19,859 18,852 14,787 17,166

Bureau of Indian Affairs 5,530 5,033 4,280 4,664

Bureau of Land Management 2.900 2,447 1,748 1,773

Bureau of Mines 54 122 14 29

Bureau of Reclamation 8,510 8,734 6,647 6,715

Minerals Management Service 744 342 125 291

National Park Service 1,122 1,043 977 1,069

Office of the Secretary 17 701 538 1.983

Office of Surface Mining 90 129 260 352

Fish and Wildlife Service 892 301 198 290

Department of State 619 8.625 4,740 9,896

Department of Transportation 458 133 300 794

Environmental Protection Agency 1.476 1,878 2,726 3,591

National Aeronautics and Space Administration 3,979 4.343 4.380 4,877

National Science Foundation 242 162 472 535

Nuclear Regulatory Commission 1,236 1,154 1,834 1,589

Tennessee Valley Authority 247 264 101 269

Miscellaneous Federal agencies 9,554 12,264 13.030 13,371

Miscellaneous services to other accounts 5,977 5,066 4,820 4,775

Total $102,114 $116,129 $111,716 132,963

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