US Geological Survey

The USGS is a scientific agency of the United States government.

US mines produced an estimated $74.6 billion in minerals last year

The country, however, was 100% import reliant on 20 mineral commodities, including rare earths, manganese and niobium, which are among a suite of materials often designated as “critical” or “strategic.”

Plenty of potash, but almost no low cost sources for crop production

While the earth contains enough potash to meet the increased global demand for crop production, some regions lack potash deposits needed for optimal food crop yields, the latest global assessment of the resource by the USGS shows.

Global undiscovered copper resources estimated at 3.5 billion metric tons

The first-ever, geologically-based global assessment of undiscovered copper resources estimates that 3.5 billion metric tons of copper may exist worldwide.