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U.S. Geological Survey to spend $5.8 million critical-mineral resource mapping in Alaska

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(Kitco News) - The U.S. Geological Survey announced earlier this month it will invest more than $5.8 million to map critical-mineral resources in Alaska in partnership with the Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys.

This partnership is a key step in securing a reliable and sustainable supply of the critical minerals that are essential to everything from household appliances and electronics to clean energy technologies like batteries and wind turbines, said the USGS in a news release.

"I'm pleased to announce more investments from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to improve mapping of Alaska's geology and critical mineral resources," said Department of the Interior's Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Tanya Trujillo. "From the Yukon-Tanana region in the East to the Kuskokwim River in the West, we are working with the entire state of Alaska to assess domestic resource potential and secure a reliable and sustainable supply of critical minerals. I am especially pleased that these same data will help provide a better understanding of geothermal resources, water resources and natural hazards."

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