This webinar focuses on U.S. and European Union (EU) efforts to gather information and develop tools that can be used to ensure a secure national and global supply of mineral resources; identify and quantify vulnerabilities in this supply; and stimulate national and international co-operation, education and outreach, and innovation in the development, recycling, and substitution of key mineral resources.
No country in the world produces all of the mineral resources necessary for modern society. International trade plays a critical role in providing these raw materials, forming a global network of production, export, import, and use. This network must continuously adapt to national and international developments in science, technology, politics, and economics. As a result, information on the global flow of raw materials plays a fundamental role in improving national and international resilience to potential supply disruptions and market changes.
Our speakers are:
- Nedal Nassar, Chief, Materials Flow Analysis Section, National Minerals Information Center, U.S. Geological Survey | Slides | Video
- Vitor Correia, President, European Federation of Geologists, and co-ordinator of the EU’s INTRAW project | Slides | Video
This webinar is co-sponsored by the American Geophysical Union, American Institute of Professional Geologists, Australian Institute of Geoscientists, European Federation of Geologists, Geological Society of Africa, Geological Society of London, Geoscience Information Society, Mineralogical Society of America, and Society of Economic Geologists, with media partnership from the U.S. Geological Survey.
Resources to learn more:
- View this webinar's Question & Answer session
- View the online course that has been developed from this webinar.
- U.S. Geological Survey: Mineral Commodity Summaries
- U.S. Geological Survey: Critical mineral resources of the United States - Economic and environmental geology and prospects for future supply
- U.S. Geological Survey: Comparison of U.S. net import reliance for nonfuel mineral commodities - A 60-year retrospective (1954-1984-2014)
- National Science and Technology Council: Assessment of Critical Minerals: Screening Methodology and Initial Application
- European Commission: Critical Raw Materials
- European Commission: Study on the review of the list of critical raw materials
- American Geosciences Institute: Critical Minerals
- American Geosciences Institute: Underpinning Innovation: The Science and Supply of America's Critical Minerals and Materials
- The Critical Materials Institute, Ames Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy
- Rare Earth and Critical Elements in Ore Deposits Reviews in Economic Geology (paywall)
- SEG 2018 in Keystone, CO, September 22-25, will feature field trips, sessions, and short courses. Of particular relevance to critical minerals are field trips WS07, FT02, and FT03.
Search the Geological Surveys Database for reports and factsheets about critical minerals.