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Open Geoscience Information Collections

AGI maintains several open content collections (publications, images) where the content is either available directly on the website or through a link to the originator of the data.

35th International Geological Congress Abstracts

The American Geosciences Institute is providing open full text access to the abstracts from the 35th International Geological Congress that was held in Cape Town, South Africa in August 2016.  This collection covers nearly 4000 abstracts from the program.

Interactive database for geologic maps of the United States

The U.S. Geological Survey hosts the National Geologic Map Database (NGMDB). This interactive tool serves as a national archive for high-quality, standardized geologic maps created by the U.S. Geological Survey and state geological surveys.

The MapView section of the NGMDB displays geologic maps from across the country dating back to 1879. The database is searchable by address, and results can be narrowed further using scale and date filters.

Interactive database for topographic maps of the United States

The U.S. Geological Survey hosts topoView, an interactive database of the survey’s topographic maps.

The map is searchable by address, and clicking on any point on the map brings up topographic maps of the area dating back to 1879. Map results can be narrowed further using scale and date filters.

Clicking the “show” option will overlay the selected map onto the coordinates of topoView’s base map. Adjusting the map overlay transparency allows comparison of historical and present-day topography.

All maps in topoView are downloadable in multiple formats.

New Database Enhances Access to Geological Survey Publications

Lava erupting from fissures at Bárðarbunga Volcano, Iceland. Image Credit: Peter Hartree, CC BY-SA 2.0, Bárðarbunga Volcano, September 4 2014

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) has launched a new online resource, the Geological Surveys Database, to support the public discovery of a critical source of reliable geoscience information. This new database provides a state-of-the-art portal for decision makers and others to search and discover state geological survey publications and U.S. Geological Survey factsheets.

Geological Surveys Database

AGI and GSIS Launch Geologic Guidebook Database

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Geologic guidebooks tell stories about the history of our continent's beautiful natural landscapes, but to date they have not been easily obtained by today's researchers. To facilitate greater access to these guidebooks, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and the Geoscience Information Society (GSIS) have jointly launched a free database, which catalogs decades of these guidebooks from across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. 

Hundreds of New Publications Added to the Karst Information Portal

A waterfall in the interior of Smoo Cave.
The National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI) announced that the Karst Information Portal has been upgraded. The portal is a free on-line library with thousands of reports and publications in many languages from over 20 countries around the world. It is a project of NCKRI in partnership with The University of South Florida Libraries, International Union of Speleology, and the University of New Mexico. The Portal is used by explorers, managers, educators, and scientists to advance their activities in cave and karst studies.

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