Map Topics

We offer a range of geologic maps, topographic maps, geospatial map applications, and more. Start your topical exploration. 

Screenshot of the Science in the Great Lakes (SiGL) Mapper

Biology and Ecosystems

Learn more about the science of conducting research and monitoring to understand freshwater, terrestrial and marine ecosystems and the fish and wildlife within them.

U.S. Geological Survey scientist walks on  a coastal bluff in Alaska.


Discover the science we are conducting to learn more about our coasts.

A map showing the Barnett Shale assessment area in east Texas


This science includes the processes critical to the formation, accumulation, occurrence, and alteration of geologically based energy resources, robust assessments of those resources, and the study of the impact of energy resource occurrence and/or production and use on both environmental and human health.

Screen capture of the The SCoRR Mapping Application

Environmental Health

Environmental health science focuses on the interface between health and the environment, where interactions among people, the environment, and other living organisms affect the risk of toxicologic and infectious disease.

Geologic Map of Monterey Canyon and the Soquel Canyon tributary


Learn more about what science is being conducted to learn more about geologic processes, erosion, faulting, folding, geochemistry, geologic mapping, land subsidence, plate tectonics, rock deformation, sedimentation, soil chemistry, and more.

Map of Vegetation and Land-Use in Yosemite.

Land Resources

This science includes the long-term alteration in the characteristic weather conditions of a region, such as changes in precipitation and temperature.

Top: The crystal blue waters of Crater Lake. Bottom: a USGS oblique bathymetric map.

Mapping, Remote Sensing, and Geospatial Data

Data about Earth and its resources are only useful if available in a format that is understandable and accessible. We provide the Nation with ready access to natural science information that supports smart decisions about how to respond to natural risks and manage natural resources.

U.S. mine and mineral processing plant locations


We provide scientific information for objective resource assessments and unbiased research results on mineral potential, production, consumption, and environmental effects. The USGS Minerals Resource Program is the sole Federal source for this information.

Image: Map Showing Earthquake Shaking and Tsunami Hazard in Guadeloupe and Dominica,

Natural Hazards

Natural hazard science is the study of coastal and marine geology, earthquake hazards, geomagnetism, landslides, volcanoes, seismological and geophysical sensors, floods, droughts, tsunamis, hurricanes, and storms.

Ocean sunset


Access data and tools that help scientists conduct research and assessments in our Oceans.

Image: Io Global Image Mosaic and Geologic Map

Planetary Science

Scientific study of the solid bodies of the solar system, including planets, moons, asteroids, meteorites, and interplanetary materials.

Image: Coastal Los Angeles Groundwater Basins Map


Our mission is to collect and disseminate reliable, impartial, and timely information that is needed to understand the Nation's water resources.