Massachusetts Geological Survey (MGS)

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Starfish and anemones off Massachusetts coast

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University of Massachusetts (UMass)


The Massachusetts Geological Survey is housed in the Geosciences department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. We have been in existence since Fall 2002 as the Office of the Massachusetts State Geologist and in 2010 changed to our present name. The office employs a number of geologists, GIS technicians, and students who perform research and disseminate earth science information about the Commonwealth. We are also connected with a number of research and outreach programs at the University. Our mission is to: perform research on the land, mineral, and water resources of the state; coordinate/facilitate research and communication among various agencies, researchers and stakeholders; collect, compile, analyze, correlate and reserve all data pertaining to the geological environment; and disseminate to the public all information leading to a better understanding of the geology, hydrology, and natural environment through the preparation of maps, databases, reports, and other publications.