How does someone go from being an astronaut to running the United States Geological Survey?
Jim Reilly, Director of the USGS, joins the Minerals Manhattan Project to explain the role of minerals in everyday life.
From coal to petroleum to critical minerals, Director Reilly takes us through how humanity has obtained energy has changed over the last 100 years. Renewable energy depends on critical minerals that have to be mined and processed.
Director Reilly explains how the USGS coordinates with states and other federal agencies to find and characterize critical mineral deposits, and his vision for the importance of mining to the future of energy. He also discusses the importance of recycling.
Director Reilly shares how the USGS coordinates with NASA to map the terrain on Mars to allow spacecraft to land.
Check out the USGS resources here - and see if there's a stream gauge near you!