The U.S. Geological Survey released a new list of 50 mineral commodities critical to the economy and national security after an extensive multi-agency assessment; 29 were found in Missouri in appreciable quantities. USGS used current scientific methods to evaluate mineral criticality for the 2022 list of critical minerals. Beyond critical defense and economic uses, the elements are used every day in cell phones, computers, cars, lighting, medical applications, electronics, CDs and DVDs, and green energy, among numerous others.

Rare Earth Elements
Minerals like xenotime contain rare earth elements crucial for high-tech products
Cobalt in Missouri can be found in siegenite, a potential cobalt ore mineral
Barite is used in the drilling of oil and gas wells
Zinc is an important metal due to its resistance to corrosion
Other Critical Minerals in Missouri
Numerous other critical minerals are found in Missouri