Karst map of Puerto Rico

Open-File Report 2010-1104
Compiled by: Wilma B. Alemán González



This map is a digital compilation, combining the mapping of earlier geologists. Their work, cited on the map, contains more detailed descriptions of karst areas and landforms in Puerto Rico. This map is the basis for the Puerto Rico part of a new national karst map currently being compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey. In addition, this product is a standalone, citable source of digital karst data for Puerto Rico. Nearly 25 percent of the United States is underlain by karst terrain, and a large part of that area is undergoing urban and industrial development. Accurate delineations of karstic rocks are needed at scales suitable for national, State, and local maps. The data on this map contribute to a better understanding of subsidence hazards, groundwater contamination potential, and cave resources as well as serve as a guide to topical research on karst. Because the karst data were digitized from maps having a different scale and projection from those on the base map used for this publication, some karst features may not coincide perfectly with physiographic features portrayed on the base map.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Karst map of Puerto Rico
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2010-1104
DOI 10.3133/ofr20101104
Year Published 2010
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s) U.S. Geological Survey
Description Map; GIS files; Metadata files
Country United States
State Puerto Rico
Projection Polyconic projection
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
Google Analytic Metrics Metrics page
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