Mapping Extent and Change in Surface Mines Within the United States for 2001 and 2006

William Acevedo Christopher E. Soulard
Researchers with the USGS Western Geographic Science Center and Eros Data Center have developed a semi-automated procedure to map the country's mining footprint and establish a baseline to monitor changes in mine extent over time. The process includes a tool that uses seed points sourced from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), USGS Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS), and USGS National Land Cover Dataset (NLCD) and recodes patches of barren land that meet a 'distance...
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