Planetary Geologic Mapping Protocol—2022

Techniques and Methods 11-B13
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The Planetary Geologic Mapping Protocol covers the idealized process of compiling a NASA-funded map product of a non-terrestrial solid surface planetary body for U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) publication and summarizes technical specifications of the Mapping Process for authors and reviewers. Directed by community and programmatic recommendations, the USGS Planetary Geologic Map Coordination Group assembled the content herein to aid the timely production of USGS map products. This document can be also used as a reference document by those researchers who are completing geologic maps that will be published outside the USGS.

Suggested Citation

Skinner, J.A., Jr., Huff, A.E., Black, S.R., Buban, H.C., Fortezzo, C.M., Gaither, T.A., Hare, T.M., and Hunter, M.A., 2022, Planetary geologic mapping protocol—2022: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods 11–B13, 28 p.,

ISSN: 2328-7055 (online)

ISSN: 2328-7047 (print)

Table of Contents

  • Abstract  
  • Introduction  
  • Purpose of this Protocol  
  • USGS Maps  
  • Roles and Expectations  
  • Map Package Components  
  • Mapping Process  
  • Common Mapping Pitfalls  
  • References Cited  
  • Useful Web Pages  
  • Support Personnel and Facilities  
  • Glossary 
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Planetary geologic mapping protocol—2022
Series title Techniques and Methods
Series number 11-B13
DOI 10.3133/tm11B13
Year Published 2022
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Astrogeology Science Center
Description Report: v, 28 p.
Online Only (Y/N) N
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