Sunday, December 15, 2013

New Interactive Geologic Map of Arizona from the AzGS

The Arizona Geological Survey has just released an interactive geologic map of the state. You can access it here. I played with it and found it to be quite useful, although the scale is too small for extremely detailed work.

The zoom feature in the upper left will bring you in to a scale close to about one inch equals one mile. If you hover your mouse over a particular color (rock formation), its symbol appears in another box in the upper right. If you double click on that box, the legend description appears in a larger box to the right. There is a tab there that takes you to its description in the legend. Here is the geologic map with detail at full zoom, centered on the House Mountain volcano just south of Sedona, Arizona.

The House Mountain volcano (Tb - short for Tertiary basalt) is depicted as the pink "teardrop" shape in the center. I hovered my mouse over that shape and color and the white box at the top appeared, describing the nature of these rocks. Then I clicked on the "View the legend" tab at the bottom of this box and the legend appeared on the right. I screen captured the image to include it here.

It's fun to zoom around the state and see what is where. Enjoy and thanks to AzGS for this tool.

1 comment:

Vic Smith said...

very helpful and informative. Thanks for the post.