Interactive Energy Map of the United States|
March 2, 2014 | Energy Information Administration
The Energy Information Administration has an interactive energy map that allows you to discover the locations of facilities such as natural gas power plants, petroleum refineries, natural gas pipelines, LNG import/export terminals and much more. The choropleth map below shows the photovoltaic solar potential of the 48 states with solar power plants plotted as yellow dots.
Global Forest Watch|
February 27, 2014 | Global Forest Watch
GlobalForestWatch.org has an interactive Google map that allows you to explore where tree cover loss and gain is occurring – on a time line – throughout the world.
See article here.
Wall Maps of US States|
February 23, 2014 | Geology.com Store
Raven Maps are beautiful examples of shaded-relief wall maps that display the elevation of a state in vibrant colors. These large maps look great in a classroom, den or office. Use one to mark the locations of your work or company.
Mapping the Winter Pace of Glaciers in Iceland|
January 28, 2014 | NASA
A high-precision radar instrument from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., left Southern California for Iceland today to create detailed maps of how glaciers move in the dead of winter
Global Temperature Trends|
January 26, 2014 | NASA Earth Observatory
NASA’s Earth Observatory has published a pair of maps that show global temperature trends. The map below shows the average change in temperature in degrees Celsius per decade between 1950 and 2013.
New USGS Topos for Idaho and New Mexico|
January 23, 2014 | USGS
“The USGS, in cooperation with other Federal agencies, has posted new Idaho US Topo quadrangles (1,193) and New Mexico quads (1,980 maps) which include Public Land Survey System (PLSS). These are added to the growing list of states west of the Mississippi River to have PLSS data added to US Topo maps.” Quoted from the USGS press release.
Arizona Gravity and Aeromag Maps|
January 21, 2014 | Arizona Geology
The Arizona Geological Survey document repository now has gravity and aeromagnetic maps available for free viewing.
Mapping the Hollywood Fault|
January 9, 2014 | Los Angeles Times
The California Geological Survey has released new maps that show the Hollywood Fault trending under sites where major developments are planned. Read the article here and see the maps here.
Related: Google Map of the San Andreas Fault
Development of the Geological Map of Arizona|
December 29, 2013 | Arizona Geology
Many events, programs, organizations and people influence the development of a geological map. An article in the winter edition of Arizona Geology traces the development of the Geologic Map of Arizona.
Zoom in on the San Andreas Fault|
December 5, 2013 | Geology.com
After being down for a couple of days for a software update, our interactive San Andreas Fault map is back in action. You can use it to follow the approximate trace of the fault from the Salton Sea in Southern California to near Shelter Cove, north of San Francisco. For more information about the San Andreas Fault visit SanAndreasFault.org, a website by Dr. David Lynch, who provided data used to make the interactive map.
Landslide Mapping Needed in North Carolina|
November 26, 2013 | WSPA.com
Hundreds of landslides occur every year in North Carolina but lawmakers have almost eliminated a program that can help developers avoid building homes, commercial and public buildings on ancient landslides and slide-prone areas. It can also help the state highway department and utility companies avoid building roads and pipelines across ancient landslides and slide-prone areas. This one-time job was costing about $350,000 per year and would only require mapping the western part of the state where most landslides occur.
In a 24-year period landslides in the state killed 7 people and destroyed 85 homes. Not available is how much is spent on repairs to roads and utilities. The annual cost of these is undoubtedly many times the cost of the landslide mapping program – which is temporary.
The economics of this project suggests that millions per year should be spent to get it done as quickly as possible – but lawmakers decided to cut it.
First Known Zircon from Mars|
November 21, 2013 | The Australian
“An analysis of one of the 70-odd Martian meteorites discovered so far, a chunk of rock found several years ago by Bedouins in the Sahara Desert, has revealed the first known fragments of zircon from the red planet.” Quoted from The Australian press release.
Related: Meteorite Articles
Mapping Global Forest Losses and Gains|
November 20, 2013 | NASA
“The ravages of deforestation, wildfires, windstorms and insects on global forests during this century are revealed in unprecedented detail in a new study based on data from the NASA-U.S. Geological Survey Landsat 7 satellite.” Quoted from the NASA press release.
USGS Releases New Topo Maps of Ohio|
November 19, 2013 | USGS
“It is great to have these 748 updated US Topo maps for our state available online at no charge.” said Charley Hickman, the Geospatial Liaison for Ohio. “We appreciate the continuing improvements in this product, including the availability of PLSS township, range, and section information.”
Crustal Thickness Map of the Moon|
November 12, 2013 | NASA
“Global map of crustal thickness of the moon derived from gravity data obtained by NASA’s GRAIL spacecraft. The lunar near side is represented on the left hemisphere. The far side is represented in the right hemisphere.”
Arizona Mining Review for October|
November 1, 2013 | Arizona Geological Survey on YouTube
News and events on mining in Arizona during October, 2013.
** Nyal Niemuth takes a hard look at AZ minerals industry – a lot of concern as some promising project are mothballed for lack of funds. (0:30)
** Hall Stewart of Commonwealth Silver discusses new development in one of AZ’s oldest and most productive silver properties. (8:21)
** Steve Rauzi focuses on our new AZ Oil and Gas Well viewer as a window into AZ’s subsurface and how this can inform environmental, water, minerals, oil and gas studies/exploration. (20:13)
New Aerial Photos of Arizona|
October 30, 2013 | Arizona Geology
The latest statewide aerial photo coverage of Arizona from the National Aerial Imagery Program (NAIP) is complete and currently ready for distribution on the APFO Public web server.
Natural Gas Flaring from Space|
October 30, 2013 | Geology.com
We have posted views of Earth from NASA’s Suomi satellite that show night illumination and natural gas flaring for oil industry sites in the Bakken Formation, Eagle Ford Shale, Alaska North Slope, United States Gulf, Mexican Gulf, Venezuela Orinoco Field, Brazil offshore basins, North Sea, North Africa onshore, west Africa offshore, and Persian Gulf.
Potential 21st Century Temperature, Precipitation Changes|
October 19, 2013 | NASA
“Models used by the IPCC estimate global temperature and precipitation patterns will change throughout the 21st century given current rising greenhouse gas levels. This video depicts a scenario in which carbon dioxide concentrations reach 670 parts per million by 2100, up from around 400 ppm today.” Quoted from the NASA video release.
The Government Shutdown and Geology|
October 15, 2013 | American Geophysical Union
The American Geophysical Union has a short article that explains why the “Government Shutdown Affects More Than Jobs“.
Texas Mineral Resources Map|
October 13, 2013 | University of Texas at Austin
“The Bureau of Economic Geology frequently fields calls from the general public to find information about clay deposits, uranium site locations, sand and gravel deposits, or what
resources, in general, are located at or around a specific location. The interactive Map provides the public with the means to search out locations on their own, and click on the points of interest, bringing up pertinent information…”
For more information about the map see the “Under the Radar..” section here.
Natural Hazard Viewer for Arizona|
September 24, 2013 | Arizona Geological Survey
The interactive Natural Hazard Viewer focuses on four hazards common to Arizona — geologic faults and earthquakes, earth fissures, floods and wildfire. Each hazard is described in detail and displayed as a layer on a map. Moreover, the natural hazard information is dynamic; site updates will occur as new or revised hazard data becomes available.
Editor’s Comment: Every state geological survey should have one of these!
New Topo Maps for Colorado and Minnesota|
September 18, 2013 | USGS
“In keeping with rapid demand, the USGS has posted new US Topo quadrangles covering Colorado (1,794 maps) and Minnesota (1,689). These new quads replace the first edition US Topo maps for those states.” Quoted from the USGS press release.
These maps are beautiful. If you want to see a sample we have Mammoth Cave, Kentucky unzipped and ready for you to download as a .pdf document (30 megs). Click here to download. Be sure to zoom in to see the great detail.
Mount McKinley Shrinks by 83 Feet
National Park Service Image
September 17, 2013 | CNN
New measurements made by Alaska’s Statewide Mapping Initiative and the United States Geological Survey have placed a new altitude on the summit of Mount McKinley, America’s highest mountain. It’s official height is now 20,237 feet instead of the previous 20,320 feet. (It didn’t really “shrink”. Just better measurement methods.)
RRE Mines Deposits and Occurrences|
September 9, 2013 | USGS
USGS has an interactive map: Rare earth element mines, deposits, and occurrences. It gives access to information on mineral deposits containing rare earth elements and yttrium from around the world with grade and tonnage, and mineralogy.
Related: What are rare earth elements?