The ability of geographic information systems to combine point, line, and areal data has been widely documented, although the establishment of a particular data base presents its own unique problems. The U. S. Geological Survey is developing a geographic information system consisting of information on Federal surface ownership, Federal subsurface mineral rights, location of actual mineral occurrences and (or) known potential, and formal restrictions to mineral development. By utilizing information already compiled or soon to be collected by other agencies, the Federal Mineral Land Information System should be able to provide answers relating to mineral availability on public lands.
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FEDERAL MINERAL LAND INFORMATION SYSTEM.
American Congress on Surveying & Mapping
Falls Church, VA
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Technical Papers of the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping
Technical Papers of the 44th Annual Meeting of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping.