USGS Geologic Map of North America

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Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: John C. Reed, Jr, John O. Wheeler, Brian E. Tucholke
Publication_Date: 2005
Title: USGS Geologic Map of North America
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Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: map
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Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey, Geological Society of America
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Online_Linkage: http://esp.cr.usgs.gov/info/gmna/
Description:
Abstract:
The Geologic Map of North America (published February 2005) portrays the grand architecture of the continent as we understood it in the closing years of the 20th century. As the final product of the Geological Society of America's Decade of North American Geology project, it was compiled by John C. Reed, Jr. (USGS), John O. Wheeler (Geological Survey of Canada), and Brian E. Tucholke (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution). The map is at a scale of 1:5,000,000 and covers about 15% of the Earth's surface. The previous geologic map of North America (North American Geologic Map Committee, 1965) was published before general acceptance of plate tectonics, before radiometric dates were widely available, and when the geology of the sea floors was largely unknown. The old map distinguished about 100 rock units, all of them onshore. The new map distinguishes 939 units, of which 142 are offshore. It also depicts many geologic features not shown on the previous map, including volcanoes, calderas, impact structures, axes of submarine canyons, spreading centers, transform faults, magnetic isochrons, and subduction zones. For the first time it portrays the relationships between the geology of the continent and the geology of the ocean basins that flank it. The map was compiled over an interval of almost 25 years and its assembly spanned the technological change from traditional cartography to digital cartography. Although the map is not yet available in digital form, plans are underway for construction of a digital database and ultimately for the release of GIS compatible files. [Summary provided by the USGS.]
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Supplemental_Information:
REFERENCE: North American Geologic Map Committee, 1965, Geologic map of North America: U. S. Geological Survey, scale 1:5,000,000. Okulitch, A. V., Lopatin, B. G., and Jackson, H. R., 1989, Circumpolar Geological Map of the Arctic: Geological Survey of Canada, Map 1765A, Scale 1:6,000,000.
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: As needed
Spatial_Domain:
Description_of_Geographic_Extent:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -172.0
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -18.0
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 89.0
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 2.0
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Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: GCMD SCIENCE PARAMETERS
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: GCMD PLATFORM
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: PROJECT
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ANCILLARY KEYWORDS
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO TOPIC CATEGORY
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: DATA SET LANGUAGE
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > LAND SURFACE > GEOMORPHIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES > COASTAL PROCESSES
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > LAND SURFACE > GEOMORPHIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES > AEOLIAN PROCESSES
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > LAND SURFACE > GEOMORPHIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES > FLUVIAL PROCESSES
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > LAND SURFACE > GEOMORPHIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES > GLACIAL PROCESSES
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > LAND SURFACE > GEOMORPHIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES > KARST PROCESSES
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > LAND SURFACE > GEOMORPHIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES > TECTONIC PROCESSES
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > LAND SURFACE > LAND USE/LAND COVER > LAND USE/LAND COVER CLASSIFICATION
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > LAND SURFACE > GEOMORPHIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > SOLID EARTH > GEOMORPHIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES > COASTAL LANDFORMS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > SOLID EARTH > GEOMORPHIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES > AEOLIAN LANDFORMS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > SOLID EARTH > GEOMORPHIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES > FLUVIAL LANDFORMS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > SOLID EARTH > GEOMORPHIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES > GLACIAL LANDFORMS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > SOLID EARTH > GEOMORPHIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES > KARST LANDFORMS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > SOLID EARTH > GEOMORPHIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES > TECTONIC LANDFORMS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > SOLID EARTH > ROCKS/MINERALS/CRYSTALS > BEDROCK LITHOLOGY
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > SOLID EARTH > ROCKS/MINERALS/CRYSTALS > IGNEOUS ROCKS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > SOLID EARTH > ROCKS/MINERALS/CRYSTALS > METAMORPHIC ROCKS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > SOLID EARTH > ROCKS/MINERALS/CRYSTALS > MINERALS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > SOLID EARTH > ROCKS/MINERALS/CRYSTALS > SEDIMENTARY ROCKS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > SOLID EARTH > ROCKS/MINERALS/CRYSTALS > SEDIMENTS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > SOLID EARTH > TECTONICS > PLATE TECTONICS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > SOLID EARTH > TECTONICS > PLATE TECTONICS > PLATE BOUNDARIES
Theme_Keyword: FIELD SURVEYS
Theme_Keyword: MAPS
Theme_Keyword: ESIP > EARTH SCIENCE INFORMATION PARTNERS PROGRAM
Theme_Keyword: Maps
Theme_Keyword: Geology
Theme_Keyword: Geological Society Of America
Theme_Keyword: Geology Of North America
Theme_Keyword: ELEVATION
Theme_Keyword: GEOSCIENTIFIC INFORMATION
Theme_Keyword: IMAGERY/BASE MAPS/EARTH COVER
Theme_Keyword: ENGLISH
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: GCMD
Place_Keyword: GEOGRAPHIC REGION > ARCTIC
Place_Keyword: CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA
Place_Keyword: GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR
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Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: ASK USGS
Contact_Position: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mailing and Physical Address
Address: U.S. Geological Survey
Address: 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
City: Reston
State_or_Province: Virginia
Postal_Code: 20192
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 1-888-275-8747
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: ask@usgs.gov
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Browse_Graphic_File_Name: http://esp.cr.usgs.gov/info/gmna/gnma2.jpg
Browse_Graphic_File_Description:
Photo Reference: USGS
Browse_Graphic_File_Type: JPEG
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Process_Date: Unknown
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Distribution_Information:
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Contact_Organization_Primary:
Contact_Organization: DOI/USGS/GD/CR/ESP > EARTH SURFACE PROCESSES TEAM, CENTRAL REGION, GEOLOGY DIVISION, U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
Contact_Person: ASK USGS
Contact_Position: DATA CENTER CONTACT
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mailing and Physical Address
Address: U.S. Geological Survey
Address: 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive
City: Reston
State_or_Province: Virginia
Postal_Code: 20192
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 1-888-275-8747
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: ask@usgs.gov
Resource_Description: USGS_GMNA
Distribution_Liability:
Not Available
Standard_Order_Process:
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Computer_Contact_Information:
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Network_Resource_Name:
http://esp.cr.usgs.gov/
Access_Instructions:
DATA CENTER URL
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http://esp.cr.usgs.gov/info/gmna/comparisons1.html...
Access_Instructions:
Comparisons of the 2005 Geologic Map of North America with the 1965 Map, Areas 1-4.
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Online_Option:
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Network_Resource_Name:
http://esp.cr.usgs.gov/info/gmna/comparisons2.html...
Access_Instructions:
Comparisons of the 2005 Geologic Map of North America with the 1965 Map, Areas 5-7.
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
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Network_Resource_Name:
http://rock.geosociety.org/bookstore/default.asp?o...
Access_Instructions:
Order the Geologic Map of North America from the GSA bookstore.
Fees: $120-$150
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Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20050923
Metadata_Review_Date: 20090121
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: TYLER B. STEVENS
Contact_Position: DIF AUTHOR
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mailing and Physical Address
Address: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Address: Global Change Master Directory
City: Greenbelt
State_or_Province: MD
Postal_Code: 20771
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: (301) 614-6898
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 301-614-5268
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: Tyler.B.Stevens@nasa.gov
Metadata_Standard_Name: FGDC Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Time_Convention: local time
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