DNR Mineral Potential Section Projects Since 1976

Spatial (GIS) footprints of published and open-file projects since 1976 sourced from the Minnesota DNR's Mineral Potential Section. Most of the footprints have a URL link to a related online project webpage where a user can download digital data (scanned and OCRd reports, plates, and datafiles). An online list of projects is available at:<br/>http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lands_minerals/mpes_projects/index.html<br/><br/>An online list of those projects with GIS data is available at:<br/>http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lands_minerals/gis_data_maps/index.html#mpes

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Last Updated May 20, 2017, 10:02
Created May 11, 2017, 10:01
dsMetadataUrl ftp://ftp.gisdata.mn.gov/pub/gdrs/data/pub/us_mn_state_dnr/geos_mineral_dnr_projects/metadata/metadata.html
dsModifiedDate 2017-05-19 23:58:45
dsOriginator Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
dsPurpose The GIS data for mineral resource project footprints allows users to complete a spatial literature review of published and open-file projecs in both GIS software and web map applications. The user can link to an online project webpage to dowload digital data such as scanned reports, georeferenced maps, and GIS data. <br/><br/>The DNR's Lands and Minerals Division conducts mineral resource projects in order to perform the following duties:<br/><br/>Mineral Asset Management for School Trust Lands: Identify, describe, and designate School Trust lands that have valuable resource potential for metallic minerals, industrial minerals, and construction aggregates.<br/><br/>State Mineral Lease Administration: Promote and market, on a global scale, the mineral land assets to attract private capital investment to perform the high-cost and high-risk ventures of mineral resource exploration, discovery, and development. Provide technical knowledge of mineral resources and geology before, during, and after the mineral leasing process. Acquire and manage in a spatial Geographic Information System (GIS) format the state mineral lease technical mineral information about the mineral assets and mineral potential. Use that information to prioritize, promote, and protect the state mineral assets. <br/><br/>Represent the Trusts to Protect Trust Mineral Rights During all Land Transactions: Perform mineral potential reviews of all Trust land transactions, usually where the mineral resources are unknown, to identify and protect the high mineral potential areas that are likely to attract private exploration investment in the future. DNR faces conflicting responsibilities, but must represent the best interest of the Trust and protect it from land designations that would diminish or limit the Trust asset value. Trust mineral rights potentially represent billions of dollars of future Trust royalty revenue. <br/><br/>As requested map construction aggregate resources in support of Minnesota Statutes, section 84.94. Learn about the Aggregate Resources Mapping Program at: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/lands_minerals/aggregate_maps/index.html

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