Research — Mineral Resources
Mineral resources, like copper, silver, gold, uranium, zeolites, perlite, potash, and carbon dioxide all contribute to New Mexico's economy. Since our establishment in 1927, the Bureau has worked in mining districts throughout New Mexico. These are some of our projects.
Apache Mesa Rare Earth Elements Deposits
The Point Lookout Sandstone on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation in Rio Arriba County contains geological layers called “beach placer deposits”. Beach-placer sandstone deposits are accumulations of dense minerals that form on beaches, or in shallow ocean water. They form by mechanical settling of heavy minerals by the action of waves, currents, and winds. These deposits contain Rare Earth Elements (REE) which are important commodities required to manufacture green technologies, like wind turbines and hybrid/electric cars and are essential in most of our electronic devices, like cell phones and laptop computers.