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The National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (NCGMP) is the primary source of funds for the production of geologic maps in the United States and provides accurate geologic maps and three-dimensional framework models that help to sustain and improve the quality of life and economic vitality of the Nation and to mitigate natural hazards.

Geologic Mapping

Geologic Mapping

The National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (NCGMP) produces accurate geologic maps and 3-D geologic frameworks that provide critical data for sustaining and improving the quality of life and economic vitality of the Nation

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Lake Fork Creek below Sugarloaf dam near Leadville
November 17, 2017

Bringing together decades of research and mapping, the U.S. Geological Survey just released a geologic map and companion pamphlet featuring the Arkansas River Valley region in north-central Colorado.  

The 2017 Best Student Geologic Map Competition, held on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at the GSA Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA
November 16, 2017

Congratulations to the winners of the 5th Annual Best Student Geologic Map Competition, held at the Geological Society of America's recent Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA.

Promotional poster for GSA 2017, Pardee Symposium
October 17, 2017

USGS scientists to be featured at GSA 2017

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USGS science for a changing world logo
Date Published: March 15, 2016

The primary objective of the STATEMAP component of the NCGMP is to establish the geologic framework of areas that are vital to the welfare of individual States. Each State Geologist determines the State's mapping priorities in consultation with a State Mapping Advisory Committee.

USGS science for a changing world logo
Date Published: March 15, 2016

EDMAP is the component of the NCGMP that trains the next generation of geologic mappers.

USGS science for a changing world logo
Date Published: March 15, 2016

Created in response to the National Geologic Mapping Act (NGMA), FEDMAP develops new ways to understand basic earth science processes and produces high-quality, multipurpose digital geologic maps, regional analyses, and multidimensional geologic models.

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USGS science for a changing world logo
March 15, 2016

U.S. National Geologic Map Database

The U.S. National Geologic Map Database serves as the authoritative, comprehensive resource for information about paper and digital geoscience maps and reports on the Nation's geology and stratigraphy, by all publishers. This Database is not limited to geologic maps — because natural resource and hazard information also is critical in order to address various societal issues, many types of geoscie

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June 1, 2017

A tutorial by USGS scientist and topoView developer Chris Garrity demonstrating how to use topoView version 2.1. TopoView let's you access and download maps free of charge from the USGS's Historical Topographic Map Collection, published between 1884 and 2006. 

Resources:
An Introduction to TopoView (version 1.0)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOpe3WXsZrQ

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Lake Fork Creek below Sugarloaf dam near Leadville
November 17, 2017

Bringing together decades of research and mapping, the U.S. Geological Survey just released a geologic map and companion pamphlet featuring the Arkansas River Valley region in north-central Colorado.  

The 2017 Best Student Geologic Map Competition, held on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at the GSA Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA
November 16, 2017

Congratulations to the winners of the 5th Annual Best Student Geologic Map Competition, held at the Geological Society of America's recent Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA.

Promotional poster for GSA 2017, Pardee Symposium
October 17, 2017

USGS scientists to be featured at GSA 2017

Waterfalls at Great Falls National Park, Virginia
September 28, 2017

To celebrate Earth Science Week and Geologic Map Day, the USGS, in collaboration with the American Geosciences Institute, is pleased to announce a “Geologic Open House” on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Great Falls Park, near McLean, Va.

EDMAP Program supported students from William & Mary University prepare to conduct field research
September 19, 2017

Calling all Earth Science professors conducting research or teaching geologic mapping. The USGS EDMAP Program is accepting funding proposals focusing on geologic mapping to support upper-level undergraduate and graduate students at their colleges or universities.

Geologic map, Holy Cross quad, Colorado
July 25, 2017

As part of the USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program, EDMAP is supporting upcoming geologic mappers by providing invalubable experience and matching-funds grants.

Screen shot of topoView featuring Philadelphia 1888
July 19, 2017

Earlier this month, the USGS launched “TopoView 2.1”, an enhancement to the current popular TopoView mapping service that lets users discover, interact, and download historical USGS topographic maps scans.

Photo of Best Student Geologic Map Competition winners from 2016 posing with awards.
July 14, 2017

The USGS announces details for the 2017 Best Student Geological Map Competition

National Elevation Dataset
July 3, 2017

Everything happens at a place, the place matters, and the USGS has the science of place.

EDMAP student participants in the field, 2015
October 18, 2016

Calling all Earth Science professors conducting research or teaching geologic mapping. The USGS EDMAP Program is accepting funding proposals focusing on geologic mapping to support upper-level undergraduate and graduate students at their colleges or universities.

Group picture of 2016 Best Student Gelogical Map Competion Winners
October 12, 2016

Congratulations to the winners of the 4th Annual Best Student Geologic Map Competition, held at the Geological Society of America's recent Annual Meeting in Denver, Colo.

Best Student Geologic Map Competition winners from 2015 posing with awards.
July 7, 2016

Registration for the Best Student Geologic Map for 2016 ends July 12

Program Coordinator, John Brock Associate Program Coordinator, Darcy McPhee Program Analyst, Mike Marketti Program Assistant, Leshemia Morrow

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