Geologic database for digital geology of California, Nevada, and Utah— An application of the North American Data Model

Open-File Report 2003-135
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The USGS is creating an integrated national database for digital state geologic maps that includes stratigraphic, age, and lithologic information. The majority of the conterminous 48 states have digital geologic base maps available, often at scales of 1:500,000. This product is a prototype, and is intended to demonstrate the types of derivative maps that will be possible with the national integrated database. This database permits the creation of a number of types of maps via simple or sophisticated queries, maps that may be useful in a number of areas, including mineral-resource assessment, environmental assessment, and regional tectonic evolution.

This database is distributed with three main parts: a Microsoft Access 2000 database containing geologic map attribute data, an Arc/Info (Environmental Systems Research Institute, Redlands, California) Export format file containing points representing designation of stratigraphic regions for the Geologic Map of Utah, and an ArcView 3.2 (Environmental Systems Research Institute, Redlands, California) project containing scripts and dialogs for performing a series of generalization and mineral resource queries.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Spatial data for the respective stage geologic maps is not distributed with this report. The digital state geologic maps for the states involved in this report are separate products, and two of them are produced by individual state agencies, which may be legally and/or financially responsible for this data. However, the spatial datasets for maps discussed in this report are available to the public. Questions regarding the distribution, sale, and use of individual state geologic maps should be sent to the respective state agency. We do provide suggestions for obtaining and formatting the spatial data to make it compatible with data in this report. See section ‘Obtaining and Formatting Spatial Data’ in the PDF version of the report.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Geologic database for digital geology of California, Nevada, and Utah— An application of the North American Data Model
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2003-135
DOI 10.3133/ofr03135
Year Published 2003
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) Geology, Minerals, Energy and Geophysics Science Center
Description Report: 35 p.; Metadata
Country United States
State California, Nevada, Utah
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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