The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has created the State Geological Map Compilation, which combines different geological maps of the lower 48 states to create a single, comprehensive source of geological geospatial data. USGS and many states collect and publish geological maps, however different geological surveys and different states use different terms to categorize geological features, making it difficult to combine these different resources. USGS converted the data from these sources into a standardized format to create the State Geological Map, making it easier for researchers to study mineral deposits, earthquake risk, and other geological issues across the United States.
Building a Geological Map of the United States
Joshua New is a policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation. He has a background in government affairs, policy, and communication. Prior to joining the Center for Data Innovation, Joshua graduated from American University with degrees in C.L.E.G. (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government) and Public Communication. His research focuses on methods of promoting innovative and emerging technologies as a means of improving the economy and quality of life. Follow Joshua on Twitter @Josh_A_New.