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A multiagency and multijurisdictional approach to mapping the glacial deposits of the Great Lakes region in three dimensions

Richard C. Berg, Steven E. Brown, Jason F. Thomason, Nancy R. Hasenmueller, Sally L. Letsinger, Kevin A. Kincare, John M. Esch, Alan E. Kehew, L. Harvey Thorleifson, Andrew L. Kozlowski, Brian C. Bird, Richard R. Pavey, Andy F. Bajc, Abigail K. Burt, Gary M. Fleeger and Eric C. Carson
A multiagency and multijurisdictional approach to mapping the glacial deposits of the Great Lakes region in three dimensions (in Geoscience for the public good and global development; toward a sustainable future, Gregory R. Wessel (editor) and Jeffrey K. Greenberg (editor))
Special Paper - Geological Society of America (2016) 520: 415-447

Abstract

The Great Lakes Geologic Mapping Coalition (GLGMC), consisting of state geological surveys from all eight Great Lakes states, the Ontario Geological Survey, and the U.S. Geological Survey, was conceived out of a societal need for unbiased and scientifically defensible geologic information on the shallow subsurface, particularly the delineation, interpretation, and viability of groundwater resources. Only a small percentage (<10%) of the region had been mapped in the subsurface, and there was recognition that no single agency had the financial, intellectual, or physical resources to conduct such a massive geologic mapping effort at a detailed scale over a wide jurisdiction. The GLGMC provides a strategy for generating financial and stakeholder support for three-dimensional (3-D) geologic mapping, pooling of physical and personnel resources, and sharing of mapping and technological expertise to characterize the thick cover of glacial sediments. Since its inception in 1997, the GLGMC partners have conducted detailed surficial and 3-D geologic mapping within all jurisdictions, and concurrent significant scientific advancements have been made to increase understanding of the history and framework of geologic processes. More importantly, scientific information has been provided to public policymakers in understandable formats, emphasis has been placed on training early-career scientists in new mapping techniques and emerging technologies, and a successful model has been developed of state/provincial and federal collaboration focused on geologic mapping, as evidenced by this program's unprecedented and long-term successful experiment of 10 geological surveys working together to address common issues.


ISSN: 0072-1077
EISSN: 2331-219X
Coden: GSAPAZ
Serial Title: Special Paper - Geological Society of America
Serial Volume: 520
Title: A multiagency and multijurisdictional approach to mapping the glacial deposits of the Great Lakes region in three dimensions
Title: Geoscience for the public good and global development; toward a sustainable future
Affiliation: Illinois State Geological Survey, Champaign, IL, United States
Affiliation: Geology in the Public Interest, Vashon, WA, United States
Pages: 415-447
Published: 2016
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
References: 106
Accession Number: 2016-090192
Categories: Environmental geologyHydrogeology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 1 table, geol. sketch maps
N41°00'00" - N50°00'00", W93°00'00" - W75°00'00"
Secondary Affiliation: Indiana Geological Survey, USA, United StatesU. S. Geological Survey, USA, United StatesMichigan Department of Environmental Quality, USA, United StatesWestern Michigan University, USA, United StatesMinnesota Geological Survey, USA, United StatesNew York State Geological Survey, USA, United StatesOhio Department of Natural Resources, USA, United StatesOntario Geological Survey, CAN, CanadaBureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey, USA, United StatesWisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey, USA, United States
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 201644
Program Name: USGSOPNon-USGS publications with USGS authors
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