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Minerals Information Office

usan 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.

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Budget Information

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

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Fiscal Year

Fiscal Year
Activity/Subactivity/Program Element

1988
Activity/Subactivity/Program Element

1988' enacted

enacted National Mapping, Geography, and Surveys................ $ 90,541 Geologic and Mineral Resource Surveys and Primary Mapping and Revision ........... .........

35,732

Mapping-Continued Digital Cartography .............. ................. 14,063 Offshore Geologic Surveys ........

25,182 Small, Intermediate, and Special Mapping ............... 13,442

Offshore Geologic Framework . . . . . . . ....

25,182 Intermediate-Scale Mapping .......... 4,426 Water Resources Investigations ......

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149,147 Small-Scale and Other Special Mapping................. 1,734 National Water Resources Research and Information Geographic Information Systems Research and

System-Federal Program ..........

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78,662 Applications... . . . . . . . . . . . . ....

2,113
Data Collection and Analysis ..

22,234 Land Use and Land Cover Mapping..........

1,543 National Water Data & Information Access Program. 1,978 Image Mapping . . . . . . . . . . ...

3,626

Coordination of National Water Data Activities........ 1.039 Advanced Cartographic Systems .................

13,217
Regional Aquifer System Analysis ..

11,537 Earth Resources Observation Systems..........

8,797
Core Program Hydrologic Research

9,254 Data Production and Dissemination............

4,254
Improved Instrumentation ...

1,707 Applications and Research.....

4,543
Water Resources Assessment ......

1,404 Cartographic and Geographic Information

3,790

Toxic Substances Hydrology ... . . . . . . . . . .... .............. 12,697 Side-Looking Airborne Radar ..........

1,500
Nuclear Waste Hydrology ...................

4,288 Geologic and Mineral Resource Surveys and Mapping... 177,161 Acid Rain ............... ..................... ...

2,993 Geologic Hazards Surveys ...........

....... 48,828

Scientific and Technical Publications.................... 2,316 Earthquake Hazards Reduction...

35,013 National Water-Quality Assessment Program .......... 7,215 Volcano Hazards

....... 11,593 National Water Resources Research and Information Landslide Hazards ......

2,222

System - Federal-State Cooperative Program ....... 59,644 Geologic Framework and Processes

27,200

Data Collection and Analysis, Areal Appraisals, and National Geologic Mapping .....

17,804

Special Hydrological Studies . . . . . . . . ....... ......... 50,670 Deep Continental Studies .....

3,088
Water Use .........

3,979 Geomagnetism .................

1,760 Coal Hydrology..... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .... 4,995 Climate Change... . . . . . . . . ...

1,046 National Water Resources Research and Information Coastal Erosion .......... .......................... 3,502

System-State Research Institute and Research
Mineral Resource Surveys ...............

47,040
Grants Program ..........

10,841 National Mineral Resource Assessment Program ...... 23,737

State Water Resources Research Institutes...

5.677 Strategic and Critical Minerals .....

....... 9,861 National Water Resources Research Grants Program. 4,381 Development of Assessment Techniques 13,442 Program Administration .....

783 Energy Geologic Surveys ........ 28,911 General Administration..

14,684 Evolution of Sedimentary Basins .... 5,350 Executive Direction...

4,655 Coal Investigations ........

7,424
Administrative Operations ............

8,391 Oil and Gas Investigations ............

5,674 Reimbursements to the Department of Labor ............ 1,638 Oil Shale Investigations ..........

Facilities ............................................ ............... 16,214 Geothermal Investigations ..........

5,967 National Center-Standard Level User's Charge ......... 13,335 Uranium-Thorium Investigations .........

3,388 National Center - Facilities Management .................. 2,879 World Energy Resource Assessment.

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............ $447,747 * Funding shown represents appropriated dollars and does not include reimbursable funding from Federal, State, and other non-Federal sources.

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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

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432,114
188,471
63,088

13,667
111,716
118,462
88,542
29,921

1,841
10,276
17,804
209,553
169,239
40,314
1.365

938
38,011
254,288
142,130
112,158
59,882

2,437 49,839 18,285 17,084 1,201

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417,021
187,643
59,454

26,075
102,114
115,155
85,469
29,686

1,93 9.450 18,299 216,921 169,851 47,070

1,016 13,261 32,793 238,131 133,408 104,723 56,500

3,327 44,896 15,354 15,244

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110 13,089 13,049

40 6,014 6,014

37 5,977

$600,852
412,667
188,185
59,945

12,111
116,129
112,562
84,117
28,445
1,975
9,568
16,902
206,463
165,585
40,878
1,320

348 39,210 248,598 135,152 113,446 56,650

2,161 54,635 14,515 14,246 269

1 268 13,615 13,567

48 5,099 5,099

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Reimbursable program. ..................................
States, counties, and municipalities ....

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Miscellaneous non-Federal sources ....

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Other Federal agencies ...........
National Mapping, Geography, and Surveys .

Direct program. ................
Reimbursable program. .....::::::

States, counties, and municipalities . ...
Miscellaneous non-Federal sources . .

Other Federal agencies ..
Geologic and Mineral Resource Surveys and Mapping.

Direct program .....:::::::::::::
Reimbursable program. ..................

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Other Federal agencies ......... Water Resources Investigations .......

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Miscellaneous non-Federal sources ..
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General Administration . . . . . . . .. . . .. . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . . .. .. . .

Direct program .............
Reimbursable program (Federal). ......

Miscellaneous non-Federal sources ....

Other Federal agencies ........ Facilities ..................

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Miscellaneous services to other accounts.
Reimbursable program ...........

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Other Federal agencies ..
Operation and Maintenance of Quarters .......

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12,775 132,484 120,845 90,541 30,304

1,579 210,021

18,705 224,708 177,278 46,750 1,138

368 45,244 278,380 149,471 128,910 65,893

2,354 60,662 17,746 14,684 3,062

3 3,060 16,252 16,214

38 4,804 4,804

29 4,775

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Direct program includes $447,747 for current year, $117 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 Survey reimbursable funds from other Federal agencies for fiscal years 1985 to 1988, by agency [Dollars in thousands]

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Budget activity
Department of Agriculture. .....................
Department of Commerce ...................

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration . . .
Department of Defense. .....::::::::::::::
Department of Energy ......
Bonneville Power Administration ....

. . . . . .. . . . ........... Department of the Interior. ........ .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... .... .... .. .. . ...

Bureau of Indian Affairs . ...... . . . .. . . .. . . . .. . . . . .. . . .. . . . . . .. . . . .
Bureau of Land M

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Bureau of Mines . ..........
Bureau of Reclamation ..... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Minerals Management Service . . . . ... . ... . ... . .. .. .. .. . ... . ... ... ...
National Park Service : ...... . . . .. . . .. . . . .. . . .. . . . . .. . . . . .. . . . . .
Office of the Secretary. ......
Office of Surface Mining .....

Fish and Wildlife Service .........
Department of State

tment of State . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Department of Transportation ...
Environmental Protection Agency ..
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Science Foundation ...........

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....... Nuclear Regulatory Commission .

. . ... . .. .. .. .. . ... .... ... ... . .. .. . . Tennessee Valley Authority ........... Miscellaneous Federal agencies. ..

. .. . ... . . ... . Miscellaneous services to other accounts . . .

Total. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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100 7,993 30,551 24,361

274 14,787 4,280 1,748

14 6,647

125 977 538 260

198 4,740

300 2,726 4,380

472 1,834

101 13,030

4,820 $111,716

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1,154

264 12,264

5,066 $116,129

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Regional Offices
Northeastern-Reston, VA
Southeastern Atlanta, GA

Central-Denver, CO
Western-Menlo Park, CA

District Offices

Regional Offices
Eastern Mapping-Reston, VA
Mid-Continent Mapping-Rolla, MO
Rocky Mountain Mapping-Denver, CO
Western Mapping-Menlo Park, CA
EROS Data Center-Sioux Falls, SD

Assistant Chlef Geologists

Eastern Region
Central Region
Western Region

Office of Field Services

Centers
Denver, CO
Menlo Park, CA

Flagstaff, AZ

Management Offices

Central-Denver, CO
Western-Menlo Park, CA

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