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FEDMAP Project Summary

Regional Surficial Geologic Mapping, Western Plains and Rocky Mountains

Purpose:

To provide surficial geologic maps in the western plains and the Rocky Mountains for multiple land uses.

Description:

This project is producing 1:1,000,000-scale surficial geologic maps of the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains in the U.S. and in adjacent Canada. These maps show physical, chemical, and engineering properties of the surface deposits and materials. They can be used to identify (1) areas with hazards such as flooding, landslide activity, clay expansion, soil and ground-water contamination; (2) natural resources such as aggregate, peat, and clay; and (3) areas of environmental concern such as wetlands, badlands, surface mines, tailings, and spoil. The maps form a base for the ecological classification mapping programs conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency and The Nature Conservancy. They also are being used for undergraduate and graduate geologic courses. Through cooperative efforts with Federal, State, and Provincial geological surveys, academic institutions, and private industry, data from larger-scale maps are integrated, edited, and supplemented to produce the 1:1,000,000-scale maps.

Study Area:

California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Canada

Anticipated Uses:

Hazards (Landslides), Resources (Aggregates), Hazards (Flooding)

Cooperators/Collaborators/Clients:

New Mexico Environment Department, South Dakota Department of Environment & Natural Resources, Alberta Geological Survey, Bitterroot National Forest (MT), California Geological Survey, Christensen Associates, Colorado Geological Survey, Geological Survey of Canada, Indiana University, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, Montana State University, New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, New Mexico Office of the State Engineer, North Dakota Geological Survey, Saskatchewan Research Council (Canada), The Nature Conservancy, U.S. BLM/Albuquerque District Office, U.S.D.A./ Forest Service, U.S.D.A./Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of New Mexico, Williams College (MA), Wyoming State Geological Survey

Project Status:

Current NCGMP Funding

Project Duration:

2001-2006

Duration of NCGMP Funding:

2001-2006


Contact Information:

Project Chief: David S. Fullerton (Central Earth Surface Processes Team)
E-mail: fullerton@usgs.gov
Phone: 303-236-1232

 

 
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