A responsibility of the Bureau of Mines is that of assessing the nation's supply of available minerals. One system being implemented to assist our commodity specialists and others is the deposit evaluation system under the Bureau's minerals and availability system program. This program accommodates the automatic storage and retrieval of information about the mineral deposit location, name, ownership, surrounding land and environmental factors, geological makeup, ore tonnage and grade, extraction system, beneficiation system, and transportation system. Thirty-five critical commodities and secondary minerals are under evaluation by the minerals availability system. To date, a total of seven commodities have been evaluated and are in the computerized data bank. In excess of 78,000 entries for nonfuel mineral locations are presently entered in the data bank. Through an integrated telecommunications network at the Bureau of Mines field operation centers, computerized data can be used for economic mine modeling, plotting mineral supply curves, plotting map overlays, and providing mineral deposit listings.
Tech. Session Papers, 28th Alaska Sci. Conf., Anchorage, Alaska, 9/22-24/77, PP. 39-48