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Best Student Geologic Map Competition

Inaugural Best Student Geologic Map Competition to be held on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at GSA in Denver, CO. For more details, please go here.

NCGMP Scientist Receives Presidential Honors

NCGMP FEDMAP Project Chief Joseph Colgan is a recent recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). More details at the USGS Newsroom. Congratulations, Joe!

Celebrating Geologic Map Day 2013

As part of Earth Science Week, the second annual Geologic Map Day will be celebrated on October 18, 2013. Brought to you by the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), the American Association of State Geologists (AASG), and the USGS.

Federal Advisory Committee News

The NCGMP Federal Advisory Committee annual meeting (2013) will be held this fall. Details coming soon.

In the Media

Randy Orndorff on the Today show.



National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program

Geologic map example
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
Please join us at the inaugural 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 will bring 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 can be found here.

The event will take place on Tuesday, 29 October from 5 - 6:30 PM in the Poster Session area of the Exhibit Hall. Maps must be posted by 5PM to be judged, but may be posted as early as 9 AM on Tuesday, 29 October in the designated area. Maps must be removed at 6:30 PM following the session. Please join us as the judges evaluate and select winning maps while participants can network and share information about their maps. The awards will be presented at the end of this event.

Please submit your geologic map today!


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