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Congress introduces legislation to enhance flood mapping

Atlantic waves

On April 18, congressional members from Illinois, Florida, Maryland, and Texas introduced a bipartisan, bicameral initiative to enhance the mapping of urban flood hazard zones. In addition, Representative Rick Crawford (R-AR-1) introduced the Scientific Flood Mapping Act (H.R.5559), which would transfer functions related to the preparation of flood maps from FEMA to the USGS due to concerns regarding FEMA’s flood map oversight and management.

Do you use geologic map data? Take our survey!

Geologic mapping survey postcard.
The AGI Workforce Program is investigating how geoscientists use geologic maps in the course of their work. This survey, combined with a voluntary follow-up survey, will be used to determine the extent to which geologic map data are used throughout the economy. This is a preliminary survey designed to understand the general
scope and extent of the use of geologic map data (including bedrock, gravity, magnetics, surficial, hazards, flood maps, and more).
 

President Trump and Secretary Zinke sign orders to advance domestic production of critical minerals

Bingham Copper Mine

Following the release of a USGS report on 23 mineral commodities that are critical for the U.S. economy and security, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to reduce America's dependence on foreign sources of critical minerals. Shortly after the executive order, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke released a secretarial order on December 21 directing the initial steps to producing a nationwide geological and topographical survey of the U.S.

Earth Anatomy Revealed: Geologic Mapping for Our Future

Pardee advertisement.

Are you attending the Geological Society of America (GSA) annual meeting in Seattle this year? If so, please join us on the morning of Wednesday October 25th for an exciting Pardee symposium, "Earth Anatomy Revealed: Geologic Mapping for Our Future". Details on this Pardee Symposium can be found at http://bit.ly/EarthAnatomyPardee.

Historical Topo #Maps Available from New TopoView 2.1 #geoscience

Phone displaying TopoVIew
The USGS TopoView enhancement, TopoView 2.1, brings historical topo maps to your fingertips in the popular open-source mapping platform. Users can compare historical maps with modern day maps to see how the landforms and regional names have changed over time. In addition to accessing the historical maps, additional upgrades to previous versions were made based on user feedback. 

USGS Publishes Updated State Geologic Map Compilation #geoscience #geology

Cover of the SGMC Report from the USGS
The USGS published an update to the State Geologic Map Compilation (SGMC) geodatabase of the conterminous United States. It represents a seamless, spatial database of 48 State geologic maps that range from 1:50,000 to 1:1,000,000 scale, and this version includes updated data for six states, data for seven entirely new states, and numerous corrected errors since the preliminary dataset was launched.

The USGS wants your help to design future Landsat systems!

The Kobuk River debauches from the Alaskan interior at the northwestern part of the state. The set of large water bodies in this image include Selawik Lake (right), Hotham Inlet (center), and the Kotzebue Sound (bottom left).
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is requesting information from the land imaging community for user requirements for future Landsat systems. To respond to the RFI, go to www.fedconnect.net, click on "Search Public Opportunities Only", then choose search by "Reference Number" which is G17PS00634. Click on right side of the screen to view RFI document.

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