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    A map of Florida showing a highlighted section in northeastern part of the state where a Critical Minerals Project will happen.

    Earth MRI Funds Critical Minerals Projects in Florida

    This image shows where the Florida Geological Survey will be useing grants to map parts of northeastern Florida to investigate mineral heavy areas for potential rare earth elements and other critical mineral resources. USGS photo.  The U.S. Geological Survey and the Association of American State Geologists are pleased to announce $100,000 in funding for critical minerals projects in Florida. These funds are…

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    Map of Earth MRI critical minerals projects in Texas

    Earth MRI Funds Critical Minerals Projects in Texas

    The U.S. Geological Survey and the Association of American State Geologists are pleased to announce $134,453 in funding for critical minerals projects in Texas. These funds are for fiscal year 2020 under the USGS Mineral Resources Program’s Earth Mapping Resources Initiative, or Earth MRI. These funds include grants to the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology for geologic mapping and geochemical…

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    Map of Earth MRI projects in West Virginia

    Earth MRI Funds Critical Minerals Projects in West Virginia

    The U.S. Geological Survey and the Association of American State Geologists are pleased to announce $125,000 in funding for critical minerals projects in West Virginia. These funds are for fiscal year 2020 under the USGS Mineral Resources Program’s Earth Mapping Resources Initiative, or Earth MRI. USGS map of Earth MRI projects in West Virginia announced in September 2020. (Public domain.) These…

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    Geologists glean insights about how Earth went from a hothouse to an ice age, and what that may mean for future

    Usually, talk of carbon sequestration focuses on plants: forests storing carbon in the trunks of massive trees, algae blooming and sinking to the seabed, or perhaps peatlands locking carbon away for tens of thousands of years. While it’s true that plants take up large amounts of carbon from the atmosphere, the rocks themselves mediate a great deal of the carbon…

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    A Novel Approach to Fast Digestion of Rare Earth Element Ores

    Image Credit: LuYago/Shutterstock.com The mining industry relies greatly on the data provided by analytical chemistry where the elemental concentrations of exploration samples are concerned. Exploration companies require analytical results to be turned around in good time so as to reduce the number and any potential costs, of drilling cores beyond the extent of ore deposits (“dry holes”). 1. Environmental health…

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    Analyzing Rare Earth Elements in Granite and Sandstone

    Using ICP-OES to determine rare earth elements (REE) in geological materials is one of the most complex analytical techniques. The high matrix contents of digested samples require superior plasma robustness, frequently including large quantities of silica, alumina, refractory metals, and sulfur. This is particularly important when trace amounts of REE must be detected and sample dilution must be avoided. The…

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    Researcher investigates the most lethal volcanic phenomena on earth

    Researcher investigates the most lethal volcanic phenomena on earth

    The large-scale eruption simulator facility in action . Credit: Massey University Like many who grew up in East Germany, Dr. Gert Lube always yearned to travel and explore different places. Ten years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, when he was a first-year geology student at the University of Greifswald, he heard about a field trip to Iceland and seized…

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    "The Geyser Moon" --Saturn

    “The Geyser Moon” –Saturn’s Organic Hotspot for Life Beyond Earth

      “Something is going on on Enceladus – it’s active and we want to know,” said astrophysicist and curator at California’s Griffith Observatory, Laura Danly. That “something” turned out to be plumes of water vapor and ice particles erupting hundreds of miles into space from the ocean through cracks in Enceladus’s ice-encased surface — detected by the NASA’s Cassini spacecraft…

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    ASU alum combines love of geology, passion to share earth science

    September 21, 2020 Growing up in Cave Creek, Arizona, Chad Kwiatkowski chose to study geology because he had a desire to learn the geologic story of the mountains that he grew up exploring, located in and around metropolitan Phoenix. “I knew ASU would be the best place to learn this,” the Arizona State University alumnus said. “Additionally, I heard great things…

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    Image shows a map of the continental United States with Earth MRI projects marked in colored polygons

    Earth MRI Funds Critical Minerals Projects in Twenty-one States

    The State Geological Surveys will receive $2.36 million in support of new geologic mapping and geochemistry, $3.1 million will be devoted to new airborne geophysical survey projects in parts of nine states, and $1.75 million for a lidar survey in Nevada.  In addition, 27 State Geological Surveys will receive a total of $762,000 to help with preserving geologic data to…

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