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U.S. Geological Survey EDMAP Program—Training the next generation of geologic mappers

December 18, 2019

Detailed geologic maps are the basis of nearly every Earth-science investigation and can be used for natural hazard mitigation, resource identification and exploration, infrastructure planning, and more. A component of the congressionally mandated National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program, EDMAP is a partnership among the U.S. Geological Survey, the Association of American State Geologists, and participating colleges and universities that provides mentorship and training opportunities to geology students nationwide. Under the guidance of a faculty member, EDMAP supports upper level undergraduate and graduate students to gain meaningful experience working on 1-year geologic-mapping projects. Between 1996 and 2019, EDMAP funded research projects for more than 1,200 students at more than 160 universities. Every Federal dollar awarded through the EDMAP program is matched by the student’s university.

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