Wednesday, April 8, 2009

US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY Announces 2009 Mineral Research Grants

Grant Projects Help Ensure a Sustainable Supply of Minerals for the Nation

Researchers will study a range of minerals essential to our economy and national security through grants awarded by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Grant recipients will study uranium, rare earth elements, copper, tungsten and lithium. Funding was provided through the USGS Mineral Resources External Research Program. The principal investigators and a brief description of each 2009 grant recipient are provided below.

Uranium Potential in the United State

Robert Bodnar of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) will study how the Coles Hill uranium deposit in south central Virginia was formed. This deposit is one of the largest undeveloped uranium resources in the United States. This research is expected to document the geologic characteristics of the deposit, determine the age of deposit formation, and result in a model that will help with the assessment of uranium potential in other regions of the Eastern United States with similar geologic settings.

Read about other recipients here:

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