Examples from a recent land geophysical field program in the Central Apennines of southern Italy spotlight several uses of GIS as applied to exploration. The examples illustrate the application of inexpensive, fieldportable GIS tools to exploration survey planning, management, and QC.

Successful seismic data acquisition in the Central Apennine Mountains of southern Italy is a well-known challenge, from the point of view of conducting field operations and from the point of view of attaining good quality seismic data.

The Apennine Mountains, which run the length of and form the spine of the Italian peninsula, are characterized by rugged terrain—being formed...

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