Geologic Mapping at the USGS Florence Bascom Geoscience Center (AD)

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The USGS Florence Bascom Geoscience Center (FBGC) is at the leading edge of scientific research addressing critical societal issues and providing unbiased data and information to decision makers and the public. This video highlights geologic framework mapping in the United States and how mapping helps sustain and improve our quality of life, mitigate natural hazards, and improve vitality of the Nation.

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Length: 00:01:48

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Content produced by 522 Productions under contract to the USGS FBGC.


Exploration and mapping are important for understanding how the earth works. Geologic mapping today is often done with a combination of satellite, remote sensing, as well as field work. You can get a lot of information from remote sensing, but you still need the ground truth, and if you don't do that, you can make mistakes. The danger of misidentifying is coming up an erroneous scenario. It's hard to go outside. It's cold. It's wet. But, the risk is just being complacent. Geologic mapping is important because it can tell us about economic resources and geologic hazards. This country's mapped in a broad sense, but the details are lacking for much of the country. If we don't understand the earth and how it functions, it's harder for us to predict what might happen in the future.