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Hot springs

Current News Sources

Official Agency Pages


Research Institutions

Periodicals / Magazines / Journals

Publication Directories


Maps and charts


Identification Lists and Handbooks


Image Sources


Education Resource Sections

Materials in the Learning Studio

San Francisco Bay Area Local Resources

Schools and Degree Programs

Other Useful and Interesting Sites

Related Pages:

Atmospheric Science

Earth System Science



Polar Studies


Current News Sources:
Sites devoted to news on the topic of this page.

News From Agencies and Associations:

NSF News related to Geosciences

USGS News Releases

Groundwater Resources Association of California Legistative and Regulatory Updates

Official Agency Pages:


Geological Surveys in the world

USDOC/NOAA/NESDIS/National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC)

US Global Change Research Information Office

United States State:

California Geological Survey

Kentucky Geological Survey

United States Federal:

Maritime Safety Information Center (MSIC) at NIMA

NASA Geodynamics Branch

National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA)

National Museum of Natural History, Department of Mineral Sciences

National Science Foundation Geosciences

Topography and Surface Change Program (T&SCP)

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

USGS TerraWeb - Terrestrial Remote Sensing

USGS Toxic Substances Hydrology Program

National Landslide Information Center - NLIC

Other Nations:


Geological Survey of Canada


Geological Survey of Japan - AIST

New Zealand:

Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences



California Council of Geoscience Organizations

National & International General:

American Geological Institute

American Geophysical Union (AGU)

American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG)

Association for Geographic Information

Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG)

Association of American State Geologists (AASG)

Association of Engineering Geologists (AEG)

Biomass Energy Research Association

Clay Minerals Society (CMS)

Friends of Mineralogy

Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS)

GeoInstitute of the American Society of Civil Engineers

Geological Society of America

Geologists' Association

Geoscience Information Society (GIS)

Mineralogical Society of America (MSA)

National Association of Black Geologists and Geophysicists (NABGG)

National Association of State Boards of Geology (ASBOG)

National Speleological Society (NSS)

North American Commission on Stratigraphic Nomenclature (NACSN)

Ontario Association of Remote Sensing

Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM)

Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc. (SME)

Society of Economic Geologists (SEG)

Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG)

Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES)

Society of Professional Well Log Analysts (SPWLA)

Soil and Water Conservation Society

Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

National & International Educational:

National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)

National & International Petroleum:

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

The Society for Organic Petrology (TSOP)

National & International Paleontology:

American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists (AASP)

Paleontological Research Institution (PRI)

Paleontological Society (PS)

Research Institutions and Projects:

Digital Mapping Laboratory (MAPSLab) - Carnegie Mellon University.

Geophysical Statistics Project (GSP)

Periodicals / Magazines / Journals:


Print Periodicals with Web Pages:

Clays and Clay Minerals Includes tables of contents

Mineralogical Record Includes tables of contents

Rocks & Minerals Includes tables of contents

Geological Society of America - Current Journals

Electronic Periodicals:

Geological Survey of Canada Monthly Information Circular

Palaeontologia Electronica

Publication Directories:
Note: Includes some maps


California Geological Survey. Publications


CVO Publications and Reports

MAPSLab Publications - CMU

Maritime Safety Information Center (MSIC) Products

NASA Fact Sheets The Earth Science Enterprise Series

NIMA Geospatial Sciences Publications

National, USGS:

USGS Geologic Division Central Region Publications

Online Documents and Publications - US Global Change Research Information Office

USGS Geologic Division Eastern Region Publications

USGS Geologic Division Western Region Publications

USGS Geologic Information: Books and Other Publications

USGS New Publications

USGS Products and Publications
A large variety of documents with a seperate section for Online Products.
Online products are also divided into general categories:

USGS Landslide Publications and Reports

USGS Minerals Publications and Data Products


PETDB: Petrological Database of the Ocean Floor

NWISWeb Data for the Nation

Maps, charts and geodata:

General, directories:

Geographical Resources and Maps

USGS National Geologic Map Database

General, specific sites:

Digital Tectonic Activity Map

Geological Society of America - Geologic Time Scale

Geological Survey of Canada - Map Gallery

San Francisco:

Bay Area Digital Resource (BADGER) - San Francisco Bay Area Geo-Data

USGS San Francisco Bay Project Geologic Mapping

USGS's San Francisco Bay Area Digital Maps

Bay Area Regional Database (BARD)


California Geological Survey, Geologic Maps

National & International:

Digital Nautical Chart


NIMA Maps and Geodata

NIMA Geospatial Sciences Division

USGS Geographic Data Download

Geographic Information:

Geographic Names Information System

GEOnet Names Server - NIMA's database of foreign geographical feature names.

US Geological Survey Digital Data - page at NIMA

Image Sources:

AVHRR Image Gallery

National Museum of Natural History, Mineral Sciences Photo Galleries

Interesting Graphic Images of Marine Geology


Terrestrial General:

AGI GIS Dictionary - Free Edition

Geologic Glossary - USGS

Oilfield Glossary

Society of Professional Well Log Analysts Glossary

USGS Geologic Names Lexicon "GEOLEX"

USGS Glossary

Terrestrial Geography:

Shuttle Radar Topography Mission: Glossary

USGS Learning Web Mapping Glossary

Terrestrial Paleontology:

Paleontology Glossary

Identification Lists and Handbooks:

Mineral Identification Key

Free and commercial software for viewing and manipulating a variety of geological data.

Web Interface(Java usually required):

Marine Navigation Calculator

Multiple Platforms:

Computer Software - Structural Geology on the Web

NIMAMUSE - National Imagery and Mapping Agency

Silicon Graphic:

CLRview A 3-dimensional visualization program. - University of Toronto




dlgv32 from the USGS

MICRODEM - U.S. Naval Academy

TerraBase II - Terrain Visualization Center (U.S. Army)

Virtual Field Course

Education Resource Sections:

Some sites have sections devoted to educational material.

Albemarle-Pamlico NAWQA Kid's Page

American Geological Institute Education Department

California Geological Survey Free Educational Material

Discover Our Earth

Geological Society of America - Education

USGS Learning Web

Materials in the Learning Studio:
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San Francisco Bay Area Local Resources:

San Francisco:

Access USGS--SF Bay & Delta

San Francisco Bay Region Project

Paleontology by the San Francisco Bay Region Project


Favorite USGS Pages about California

Other Useful and Interesting Sites::

Earth Impact Database



Geology : Plate Tectonics

How To Use a Compass


Structural Geology on the Web


U.S. Geological Survey, Hazards Program

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