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Geological surveys -- United States

View Resource Wisconsin Public Land Survey Records: Original Field Notes

The area that now constitutes the state of Wisconsin was first surveyed by the federal government between the years 1833 and 1866. This survey was performed (as it was across the United States) to divide the public domain into salable-sized lots that could be sold or given away to both encourage settlement through this territory and raise monies for the federal government. While surveyors divided...
View Resource USGS Geographic Analysis and Monitoring Program

Located within the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the Geographic Analysis and Monitoring Program (GAM) conducts various geographic assessments around the United States with an eye towards fostering a greater understanding of the causes and consequences of natural and human-induced processes that shape the landscape over time. Currently, GAM is engaged in dozens of projects, and this...
View Resource National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program

The National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (NCGMP) is "the primary source of funds for the production of geologic maps in the United States." The NCGMP was created by the National Geologic Mapping Act of 1992 and its work includes producing surficial and bedrock geologic map coverage for the entire country. The program has partnered with a range of educational institutions, and this site...
View Resource Maryland Geological Survey

The Maryland Geological Survey (MGS) provides excellent information about the geology of the Old Line State, along with public reports and updates on various ongoing projects. The homepage features live earthquake data and maps that deal with oyster habitat restoration projects, fact sheets, and new reports on lead concentrations in well water across the state. The Publications area contains...

View Resource Geology and Earth Science Educational Materials, Lesson Plans, and Other Resources

Created and maintained by the Massachusetts Geological Survey, this set of remarkable resources is the perfect thing for earth science teachers working with high school and college students. Adapted from original resources from the from the Maine Geologic Survey and the Kentucky Geologic Survey, these resources are organized into nine areas, including Lesson Plans, College Educators, and Fact...