This survey enables the Secretary of
the Interior to meet the responsibilities mandated by the National
Materials Policy, Research, and Development Act of 1980 (P.L.
96-479) and to inform the Congress of developments in the minerals
industries, including potential crises therein. The information is
published in an annual U.S. Geological Survey publication for use
by private organizations and other Government agencies. The
respondents are nonfuel mineral producers and exploration