Technical Announcements

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Date published: October 27, 2021

USGS and Rio Tinto Partner to Survey for Critical Minerals in Southwest Montana

A new partnership between the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the science agency for the U.S. Department of the Interior, and Rio Tinto, a leading mining and metals company, will provide a clearer picture of the potential for critical mineral resources beneath the Continental Divide near Montana’s Boulder Batholith.

Date published: September 30, 2021

FY22 U.S. Geological Survey Broad Agency Announcement for 3D Elevation Program Released

The USGS has issued the Fiscal Year 2022 Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the 3D Elevation Program. Partnership opportunities for the acquisition of lidar data now available. 

Date published: September 16, 2021

Analysis of Updated USGS Database Finds Increase in America’s Lands and Waters Managed for Biodiversity

The analysis was made possible by PAD-US 2.1, the most complete geospatial database of U.S. parks and protected areas ever assembled

Date published: August 2, 2021

The Unexpected Activity of Frozen Soils: New USGS Research Discovers Permafrost and Frozen Winter Soils May Be More Alive than Previously Thought 

Newly published research indicates permafrost, or seasonally frozen, soils may be an overlooked source of greenhouse gases (GHG) prior to complete thaw, which could have implications for how thawing of this thick subsurface layer of soil will impact the global carbon budget and how future climate conditions are studied.  


Date published: July 22, 2021

Down to Earth: Complexities of Geology Affect Nuclear Electromagnetic Pulse Hazard 

Geoelectric hazards generated by a nuclear explosion at the outer edge of Earth’s atmosphere can be strongly affected by the electrical conductivity of rock structures beneath the Earth's surface, according to a study led by the U.S. Geological Survey.  

Date published: July 20, 2021

New Land Cover Maps Capture Nearly Two Decades of Change Across the U.S.

The U.S. Geological Survey recently released updated land cover maps for the conterminous United States that depict 18 years of change to the Nation’s landscapes. New maps comparing the 2001 to 2019 National Land Cover Databases show that more than 10 percent of land cover in the Lower 48 states changed during that time, largely in forested areas.

Date published: July 1, 2021

New Data Access Tool Offers Faster, More User-Friendly Landsat Experience

LandsatLook 2.0 Viewer Optimized for Users of Commercial Cloud

Date published: June 28, 2021

Global Mineral Science Data Portal Unveiled by International Partnership

Geoscience Australia, the Geological Survey of Canada, and the U.S. Geological Survey have released a new online portal and the world’s largest database of critical mineral concentrations in and around mineral deposits.

Date published: April 8, 2021

USGS Seeks Earthquake Hazards Research Proposals

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is currently soliciting project proposals for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 grants on earthquake hazards science and is authorized to award up to $7 million. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2021, and interested researchers can apply online at GRANTS.GOV under funding Opportunity Number G22AS00006. 

Date published: March 11, 2021

USGS Updates Mineral Database with Gallium Deposits in the United States

In the latest database update based on the Critical Minerals List, the USGS has added Gallium to USMIN.

Date published: March 10, 2021

New National Geospatial Technical Operations Center Director Announced

The U.S. Geological Survey is pleased to announce that David Brostuen has been selected as Director of the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC).