Overview with methods and procedures of the U.S. Geological Survey mineral-resource assessment of the Sagebrush Focal Areas of Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming: Chapter A in Mineral resources of the Sagebrush Focal Areas of Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming

Scientific Investigations Report 2016-5089- A
Prepared in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management
Edited by: Warren C. DayJane M. HammarstromMichael L. Zientek, and Thomas P. Frost

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Abstract

This report, chapter A of Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5089, provides an overview of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Sagebrush Mineral-Resource Assessment (SaMiRA). The report also describes the methods, procedures, and voluminous fundamental reference information used throughout the assessment. Data from several major publicly available databases and other published sources were used to develop an understanding of the locatable, leaseable, and salable mineral resources of this vast area. This report describes the geologic, mineral-occurrence, geochemical, geophysical, remote-sensing, and Bureau of Land Management mineral-case-status data used for the assessment, along with the methods for evaluating locatable mineral-resource potential. The report also discusses energy-resource data (oil and gas, coal, and geothermal) used in the assessment. Appendixes include summary descriptive mineral-deposit models that provide the criteria necessary to assess for the pertinent locatable minerals and market-demand commodity profiles for locatable mineral commodities relevant to the project. Datasets used in the assessment are available as USGS data releases.

Suggested Citation

Day, W.C., Hammarstrom, J.M., Zientek, M.L., and Frost, T.P., eds., 2016, Overview with methods and procedures of the U.S. Geological Survey mineral-resource assessment of the Sagebrush Focal Areas of Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming (ver. 2.0, October 2016): U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5089–A, 211 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20165089A.

ISSN: 2328-0328 (online)

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Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Section A. Overview of the U.S. Geological Survey Sagebrush Mineral-Resource Assessment (SaMiRA) Project
  • Section B. Mineral-Resource Information
  • Section C. Geochemical Data
  • Section D. Geophysical Data and Methods Used in Mineral-Resource Assessments within the Sagebrush Focal Areas
  • Section E. Remote Sensing
  • Section F. BLM Legacy Rehost System (LR2000)
  • Section G. Previous Mineral-Resource Assessment Data Compilation
  • Section H. Mineral-Resource Assessment for Locatable Minerals
  • Section I. Locatable Mineral Market-Demand Analysis Commodity Profiles
  • Section J. Energy Mineral Resources
  • Glossary
  • Appendixes 1–5

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Overview with methods and procedures of the U.S. Geological Survey mineral-resource assessment of the Sagebrush Focal Areas of Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming: Chapter A in Mineral resources of the Sagebrush Focal Areas of Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming
Series title Scientific Investigations Report
Series number 2016-5089
Chapter A
DOI 10.3133/sir20165089A
Edition Version 1.0: Originally posted August 19, 2016; Version 2.0: October 13, 2016
Year Published 2016
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center, Eastern Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center
Description Report: xxv, 211 p.; Data Release
Larger Work Type Report
Larger Work Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Larger Work Title Mineral resources of the Sagebrush Focal Areas of Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming (Scientific Investigations Report 2016-5089)
Country United States
State Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N