Overcoming the momentum of anachronism: American geologic mapping in a twenty-first-century world

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Abstract

The practice of geologic mapping is undergoing conceptual and methodological transformation. Profound changes in digital technology in the past 10 yr have potential to impact all aspects of geologic mapping. The future of geologic mapping as a relevant scientific enterprise depends on widespread adoption of new technology and ideas about the collection, meaning, and utility of geologic map data. It is critical that the geologic community redefine the primary elements of the traditional paper geologic map and improve the integration of the practice of making maps in the field and office with the new ways to record, manage, share, and visualize their underlying data. A modern digital geologic mapping model will enhance scientific discovery, meet elevated expectations of modern geologic map users, and accommodate inevitable future changes in technology.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Overcoming the momentum of anachronism: American geologic mapping in a twenty-first-century world
Series title GSA Special Papers
DOI 10.1130/2013.2502(05)
Volume 502
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher Geological Society of America
Contributing office(s) Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center
Description 23 p.
First page 103
Last page 125
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