Minerals Data and Information Rescue in Alaska (MDIRA)
Collect, compile, clean-up, and publish minerals- and geologic-data for Alaska. Funded by Special Appropriation from 1998-2004. USGS directly responsible for geochemical, mineral deposit, and bibliographic databases. Other efforts include library resources, physical samples, and mining claim and land status information. Recent USGS accomplishments include 1) a new DVD containing data for 390,784 Alaska geochemistry samples from USGS and NURE databases; and a database of all 5911 records from the ARDF Alaska mineral deposit databases; 2) Five new quadrangles (814 records) have been posted to the ARDF mineral deposit site; and 3) The Alaska Paleontological Database now contains > 7,500 entries (sites) comprised of information on micro-, macro-, and megafossil locations throughout Alaska. This database will contain in excess of 10,000 entries upon completion.