Story last updated at 10/23/2013 - 2:07 pm
The Department of Natural Resources' Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS) is excited to introduce a new interactive web map application, Geologic Map Index of Alaska (Map Index). To use this new research tool, go to http://maps.dggs.alaska.gov/mapindex/.
This application provides the locations and outlines of most DGGS and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) geologic and geophysical maps of Alaska in a single, interactive web map. It allows searches of the map database by geographic area of interest, keywords, themes, publishing agency, dates, and other criteria. The search results provide links to DGGS's comprehensive, multi-agency publications database, where users may view and download publications for free.
No other geographic index of Alaska geologic maps exists at this time. This valuable resource will make it easier for anyone with Internet access to find the geologic maps they need to perform research, make informed resource- and land-management decisions, and better understand the geology across the state.
Map Index provides access to traditional geologic maps, as well as geophysical, sample location, geologic hazards, and geologic resources maps. DGGS plans to add outlines and data to the application for remaining geologic maps published by DGGS, USGS, U.S. Bureau of Mines, and U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Reports without maps can be accessed through DGGS's comprehensive publications database, http://dggs.alaska.gov/pubs/advanced-search.
This project was initiated and originally funded through the federal Minerals Data and Information Rescue in Alaska (MDIRA) program and continues to be supported by State of Alaska general funds.