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Digitization of a geologic map for the Quebec-Maine-Gulf of Maine global geoscience transect

January 1, 1990

The Bedrock Geologic Map of Maine was digitized and combined with digital geologic data for Quebec and the Gulf of Maine for the Quebec-Maine-Gulf of Maine Geologic Transect Project. This map is being combined with digital geophysical data to produce three-dimensional depictions of the subsurface geology and to produce cross sections of the Earth's crust. It is an essential component of a transect that stretches from the craton near Quebec City, Quebec, to the Atlantic Ocean Basin south of Georges Bank. The transect is part of the Global Geosciences Transect Project of the International Lithosphere Program.

The Digital Line Graph format is used for storage of the digitized data. A coding scheme similar to that used for base category planimetric data was developed to assign numeric codes to the digitized geologic data. These codes were used to assign attributes to polygon and line features to describe rock type, age, name, tectonic setting of original deposition, mineralogy, and composition of igneous plutonic rocks, as well as faults and other linear features.

The digital geologic data can be readily edited, rescaled, and reprojected. The attribute codes allow generalization and selective retrieval of the geologic features. The codes allow assignment of map colors based on age, lithology, or other attribute. The Digital Line Graph format is a general transfer format that is supported by many software vendors and is easily transferred between systems.

Publication Year 1990
Title Digitization of a geologic map for the Quebec-Maine-Gulf of Maine global geoscience transect
DOI 10.3133/cir1041
Authors Bruce E. Wright, David B. Stewart
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Circular
Series Number 1041
Index ID cir1041
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse