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National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program
Large Collections Amassed Over Decades Are Organized and Readily Available for Research
Geological Field Notes
Historical Observations Provide Context That May No Longer Be Available
Preserved and Digitized Data
Geophysical Logs and Data Converted from Analog to Digital Format for Direct Accessibility
Preserved Samples for Research
Photographs and Data Made Accessible on the Web
Upgraded File Formats
Standardized Data and Metadata are Machine-Actionable for Integration with Databases, Models, and Software
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 established the National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program (NGGDPP) to preserve and expose the Nation’s geoscience collections (samples, logs, maps, data) to promote their discovery and use for research and resource development. The National Digital Catalog describes geoscience collections managed by USGS and state geological agencies.
NGGDPP webinar for state geological surveys participating in grant opportunity.
Collection rescue and preservation funded by a grant awarded to the North Carolina Geological Survey by the USGS National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program
For more than two decades, researchers, geologists, and investors had no idea they were standing above tremendous wealth. Thousands of feet deep beneath the surface of western Michigan, a potential multibillion-dollar potash deposit was discovered. Potash—a mineral salt containing high levels of potassium—is an ingredient in fertilizer essential for growing crops.
U.S. Geological Survey collections—Preserving the past to inform the future: Tour three federal repositories—Core Research Center, Paleontological Collection, and the NSF National Ice Core Laboratory
This 2016 Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting trip will explore the Core Research Center, Paleontological Collection, and National Science Foundation National Ice Core Laboratory—three collections of major national signifi cance managed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Since its inception in 1879, USGS has collected, preserved...Latysh, Natalie
The U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Collections Management System (GCMS)—A master catalog and collections management plan for U.S. Geological Survey geologic samples and sample collections
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is widely recognized in the earth science community as possessing extensive collections of earth materials collected by research personnel over the course of its history. In 2006, a Geologic Collections Inventory was conducted within the USGS Geology Discipline to determine the extent and nature of its sample...