An Act To enhance geologic mapping of the United States, and for other purposes

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  • The Congress finds that during the past 2 decades the production of geologic maps has been drastically curtailed. Geologic maps are the primary data base for virtually all applied and basic earth-science investigations. The purpose of this Act is to expedite the production of a geologic-map data base for the Nation, to be located within the United States Geological Survey, which can be applied to land-use management, assessment, and utilization, conservation of natural resources, groundwater management, and environmental protection. There is established in the United States Geological Survey a National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program. The Survey shall establish a national geologic-map data base. Such data base shall be a national archive that includes all maps developed pursuant to this Act and other maps and data as the Survey deems appropriate.
  • The Secretary of the Interior shall, within 90 days after the end of each fiscal year, submit an annual report to the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate describing the status of the nationwide geologic mapping program, and describing and evaluating progress achieved during the preceding fiscal year in developing the national geologic-map data base. There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act funds for Federal mapping activities; for Federal support activities; for State mapping activities; and for educational support activities. The Geological Survey established by the Act of March 3, 1879 (43 U.S.C. 31(a)) is designated as and shall hereafter be known as the U.S. Geological Survey. The Bureau of Mines established by the Act of May 16, 1910 (30 U.S.C. 1) is designated as and shall hereafter be known as the U.S. Bureau of Mines.


  • National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program
  • National Geologic Mapping Act of 1992
  • United States Dept. of the Interior
  • United States. Congress. House. Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs
  • United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • United States Bureau of Mines
  • United States Geological Survey (USGS)


Smithsonian Legal Documents

Legal document information

  • 106 Stat. 166
  • Title 43, Public Lands
  • Public Law

Citation information

Statutes at Large


This Act may be cited as the "National Geologic Mapping Act of 1992."

Contained within

106 Stat. 166 (1992); Pub. L. No. 102-285 (Book)

Contact information

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  • 1993
  • 05/18/1992


  • Earth Sciences
  • Conservation of natural resources
  • Geology
  • Groundwater
  • Environmental policy
  • Law and legislation
  • Finance
  • Geological mapping
  • Data processing
  • Ecology
  • Expenditures, Public
  • Databases
  • Earth sciences
  • Environmental protection
  • Geology--Maps
  • Groundwater--Law and legislation
  • Land use
  • Maps
  • Natural resources


Public Law

Physical description

Number of pages: 7; Page Numbers: 166-72

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