Geologists within the New York State Museum have been conducting geological mapping in partnership with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) for 40 years. This long-standing collaboration has helped the State Museum study and map the distribution of rocks and sediments across New York’s...
The Geologic Map Atlas program was initiated in 1960 to produce a variety of maps including bedrock, surficial geology, geophysical, geochemical, and geologic hazards maps. This program maintains an up-to-date synthesis of all geologic mapping and a modern analysis of geologic data for use by other State agencies, academic researchers, land-use decision makers, and the public. We are currently working within STATEMAP, a cooperative program with the U.S. Department of Interior to create bedrock and surficial geologic maps at a scale appropriate for use in New York. This program requires matching funds from the State and the U.S. Geological Survey.
The State Geological Mapping Advisory Committee advises the State Geologist on mapping priorities. Regions with priority for mapping are those with rapidly growing populations, whether urban or rural, second-home development; transportation and energy corridors; and areas with the potential for industrial mineral development. Mapping projects are underway in central, eastern, and southeastern New York. In addition, thirty-five years of mapping by staff of the NYSGS and cooperating academic researchers is now being prepared for publication.