USGS and Rio Tinto to Partner for Mineral Search

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) of Reston, VA has announced plans to fly airborne geophysical surveys during 2022 in areas of interest, with support from Rio Tinto, as part of its Earth Mapping Resources Initiative. Recent studies have identified the Boulder Batholith region as having conditions favorable for hosting critical mineral resources, such as rare earth elements, tellurium, tin, tungsten as well as copper, molybdenum, and gold.

Chris Weldon, Rio Tinto’s Exploration Director, said, “Our partnership with USGS will deliver high quality data on potential mineral resources through its cutting edge Earth MRI program. By working together, we are sharing expertise, resources and knowledge to make the search for critical minerals more efficient.”

Volume 35, Issue 21

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