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Best Student Geologic Map Competition

Congratulations to the winners of our Third Annual Best Student Geologic Map Competition, held at the Geological Society of America's Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD, in November 2015: Vade Scruggs, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1st Place); Vincent Cunningham, College of William and Mary (2nd Place); and Robyn Daniels, University of Missouri, Kansas City (3rd Place). See the winners here!

Quarterly STATEMAP Forum

Our Quarterly STATEMAP Coordinators and Mappers Forum will be returning to a regular schedule soon. Please stay tuned for more details.

Federal Advisory Committee News

The NCGMP Federal Advisory Committee annual meeting (FY2016) will be held on August 8, 2016 in Denver, CO. All Committee meetings are open to the public.




National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program

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The National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (NCGMP) is the primary source of funds for the production of geologic maps in the United States and provides accurate geologic maps and three-dimensional framework models that help to sustain and improve the quality of life and economic vitality of the Nation and to mitigate natural hazards.

The NCGMP represents over 2 decades of successful cooperation among Federal (FEDMAP), State (STATEMAP), and university (EDMAP) partners to deliver digital geologic maps to customers. Each of these three components has a unique role, yet all work cooperatively to select and map high-priority areas for new geologic maps.

Geologic mapping data from all of North America are presented via the National Geologic Map Database, and a common set of geologic map standards is being developed by the NCGMP in cooperation with the North American Geologic Map Data Model Steering Committee.

The USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program is congressionally mandated by the National Geologic Mapping Act of 1992.

EDMAP Student in Utah
We hope that you will join us for the fourth annual Best Student Geologic Map Competition. The competition, hosted by the USGS NCGMP and the Geological Society of America (GSA) with sponsorship from the GSA Foundation, Assocation of American State Geologists (AASG), American Geosciences Institute (AGI), American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG), and the Journal of Maps brings together student geologic mappers from around the world who have submitted their geologic maps into the competition and those interested in geologic mapping. Come and share your mapping stories, techniques, and maps. Submission instructions, awards, and map judging criteria will be available soon.

The Competition will be held at the GSA Annual Meeting in Fall 2016. This year's meeting will be located in Denver, CO. If you are interested in participating, please submit your abstract here (Topical Session T207 - Best Student Geologic Map Competition - Posters). Abstracts deadline is 12 July 2016. We wish you the best of luck!


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