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Penny for your thoughts? Copper is one of our essential base metals and has been a part of civilization for thousands of years. We keep finding new and important uses for it, from currency to electric wiring, resulting in it being the 3rd largest industrial mineral market after iron and aluminum.

USGS recently released the first geologically-based global assessment of undiscovered copper resources, estimating about 3.5 billion metric tons worldwide. Based on this assessment, although South America is currently the dominant source for both identified and unidentified copper resources, there are significant places in Asia that have large potential for copper.

Read more: on.doi.gov/1b6MsMs Manic for Minerals all year long? Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/usgsminerals ‪#‎USGS‬ ‪#‎Minerals‬ ‪#‎Copper‬

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A View From Above — A view of the flanks of Cleveland volcano (top) and Carlisle volcano (bottom) viewed from an Alaska Airlines 737 en route to Adak, Alaska. The photo was taken on May 31, 2012. Currently, Cleveland volcano is at a yellow alert level and recently had a small steam event. 

Did you know, that there are over 160 U.S. volcanoes that have erupted in the past 10,000 years? We monitor many of these volcanoes including the previously mentioned Cleveland volcano. Here's a list of all the volcanoes that we monitor with links to details, data, and more about each one: http://on.doi.gov/VolcanoList

You can also learn why monitoring of volcanic activity is vital to protecting people, property, and understanding this dynamic planet we call home: http://on.doi.gov/VolcanoMonitoring

Photo credit: Cyrus Read, USGS.

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Tuesday Trivia Time! This month, we’ll focus on Minerals as part of our Minerals May. First up—this mineral’s a late-comer to the party, being the last stable, naturally occurring element discovered.

It handles the heat well (melting point: 3,180C), which makes it super for superalloys. It’s most common use is for turbine blades of jet engines.

Last hint—it’s named for the 2nd largest river in Germany, the native country of the mineral’s discoverers. Click here for the answer! on.doi.gov/1dkLn5p

Manic for Minerals all year long? Follow us on Twitter:https://twitter.com/usgsminerals  #‎USGS‬ ‪#‎Minerals‬ ‪#‎TuesdayTrivia‬

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Potassium—it’s a vital nutrient and you get it from bananas, but where do the bananas and our other crops get it? They likely get it from a group of minerals known as potash.  So knowing how much potash we’ve got and where it can be found is really important to agriculture.
 
USGS recently completed a global assessment of potash, showing that we have plenty of potash around the world. However, it’s not evenly distributed, and so transporting it can be quite expensive. The United States currently imports more than 80% of its potash, mostly from Canada.
 
Read more: on.doi.gov/1HKoweN Manic for Minerals all year long? Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/usgsminerals #USGS #Minerals #farming
 
Image shows a potash evaporation pond near Moab, UT. Credit: orange suede sofa, Wikipedia
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Thank you USGS, quite an interesting post (Ô^Ô)...
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Preliminary Mag — M 4.0 - 1km S of Concord, California: PAGER - GREEN ShakeMap - III DYFI? - VTime2015-05-03 22:13:19 UTC2015-05-03 15:13:19 -07:00 at epicenterLocation37.968°N 122.030°WDepth14.56 km (9.05 mi) #earthquake #usgs
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Is Spawning of Endangered Suckers in the Upper Klamath Lake Affected by Low Water Levels?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation look to USGS for information that might help determine minimum water needs for endangered suckers. Upper Klamath Lake in southern Oregon is managed to provide irrigation water to agricultural lands in the Upper Klamath Basin as part of the federally operated Klamath Irrigation Project, with consideration for endangered species, including Lost River and Shortnose Suckers. Irrigation withdrawals, combined with evaporation and mandated downstream flows, deplete water supplies within the irrigation season and in the following year if subsequent winter and spring inputs are below average. The Upper Klamath Basin is entering a third year of water shortages for agriculture in 2015 with historically low snow pack in the surrounding mountains. Upper Klamath Lake was filled near capacity at the beginning of April, but snow pack in the basin is only 9% of average, the lowest since measurements began in 1958. Due to the lack of snow, managers anticipate water shortages. If too much water is withdrawn for irrigation this summer, it may not be replenished in time to inundate sucker spawning habitat in the spring of 2016.

Scientists at the USGS Western Fisheries Research Center, Klamath Falls Field Station, in collaboration with Josh Rasmussen with the USFWS, used data from Lost River Suckers tagged with PIT tags and remotely detected at four lakeshore spawning sites to determine whether spawning of this endangered species is affected by low water levels. The analysis will soon be published in the North American Journal of Fisheries Management.

Interested in the rest of the article: http://wfrc.usgs.gov/newsletter/

Photo caption: Researcher with a female Lost River Sucker from Sucker Springs on Upper Klamath Lake. Photo by USGS.
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Preliminary Mag — M 3.9 - 4km NNW of San Jacinto, California: ShakeMap - V DYFI? - VTime2015-05-06 07:39:47 UTC2015-05-06 00:39:47 -07:00 at epicenterLocation33.817°N 116.978°WDepth15.30 km (9.51 mi) #earthquake #usgs
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Preliminary Mag — M 7.4 - 133km SSW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea: DYFI? - I Time2015-05-05 01:44:07 UTC2015-05-05 11:44:07 +10:00 at epicenterLocation5.503°S 151.915°EDepth63.06 km (39.18 mi) #earthquake #usgs
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Preliminary Mag — M 7.5 - 139km S of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea: Time2015-05-05 01:44:05 UTC2015-05-05 11:44:05 +10:00 at epicenterLocation5.600°S 152.100°EDepth10.00 km (6.21 mi) #earthquake #usgs
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Preliminary Mag — M 7.5 - 137km S of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea: Time2015-05-05 01:44:04 UTC2015-05-05 11:44:04 +10:00 at epicenterLocation5.587°S 152.091°EDepth10.00 km (6.21 mi) #earthquake #usgs
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Thank you so much for your research. 
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Ice Jam Remnants — On April 29, hydrologic technicians Anthony Underwood and Jeremiah Pomerleau visited the USGS gaging station on the St. John River at Nine Mile Bridge, Maine and found a sea of broken up, dirty ice left behind by a recent ice jam. According to Anthony, photos don't do the size and scale of the ice chunks any justice. Photo credit: Anthony Underwood, USGS.

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Preliminary Mag — M 3.9 - 1km WNW of View Park-Windsor Hills, California: ShakeMap - VI DYFI? - VTime2015-05-03 11:07:18 UTC2015-05-03 04:07:18 -07:00 at epicenterLocation33.998°N 118.359°WDepth9.88 km (6.14 mi) #earthquake #usgs
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