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Compilation of geospatial data for the mineral industries and related infrastructure of Latin America and the Caribbean

Open-File Report 2017-1079

Prepared in cooperation with the Inter-American Development Bank
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https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171079

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Abstract

This report describes the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) ongoing commitment to its mission of understanding the nature and distribution of global mineral commodity supply chains by updating and publishing the georeferenced locations of mineral commodity production and processing facilities, mineral exploration and development sites, and mineral commodity exporting ports in Latin America and the Caribbean. The report includes an overview of data sources and an explanation of the geospatial PDF map format.

The geodatabase and geospatial data layers described in this report create a new geographic information product in the form of a geospatial portable document format (PDF) map. The geodatabase contains additional data layers from USGS, foreign governmental, and open-source sources as follows: (1) coal occurrence areas, (2) electric power generating facilities, (3) electric power transmission lines, (4) hydrocarbon resource cumulative production data, (5) liquefied natural gas terminals, (6) oil and gas concession leasing areas, (7) oil and gas field center points, (8) oil and gas pipelines, (9) USGS petroleum provinces, (10) railroads, (11) recoverable proven plus probable hydrocarbon resources, (12) major cities, (13) major rivers, and (14) undiscovered porphyry copper tracts.

Suggested Citation

Baker, M.S., Buteyn, S.D., Freeman, P.A., Trippi, M.H., and Trimmer, L.M., III, 2017, Compilation of geospatial data for the mineral industries and related infrastructure of Latin America and the Caribbean: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1079, 87 p., 1 geodatabase and 1 geospatial PDF map, https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171079.

ISSN: 2331-1258 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments 
  • Introduction
  • Latin America and the Caribbean—Current regional economic context 
  • Overview of the file geodatabase—LAC_Indust_Infra.gdb
  • Overview of geospatial data layers
  • References Cited
  • Appendix 1—Data tables 1–1 through 1–7 
  • Appendix 2—Case study 1: Iron ore mining and transportation infrastructure in Brazil’s Iron Quadrangle 
  • Appendix 3—Case study 2: Bauxite mining and alumina production in Jamaica

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Compilation of geospatial data for the mineral industries and related infrastructure of Latin America and the Caribbean
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
2017-1079
DOI:
10.3133/ofr20171079
Year Published:
2017
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
National Minerals Information Center
Description:
Report: xi, 87 p; 3 Data Releases; Geodatabase and Metadata; 1 Map (8.5 x 11.0 inches)
Other Geospatial:
Caribbean, Latin America
Online Only (Y/N):
Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N):
Y