Geologic Map Day

Celebrate Geologic Map Day on October 13, 2023!

Welcome to Geologic Map Day, a special event designed to promote awareness of geologic mapping and its vital importance to society. 


As an extension of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program, Geologic Map Day focuses the attention of students, teachers, and the general public on the creation, study, uses, and significance of geologic maps for education, science, business, and a variety of public policy concerns.

Organizing partners of Geologic Map Day are the United States Geological Survey, the American Association of State Geologists, the Geological Society of America, and the American Geosciences Institute. The event is celebrated on the Friday of AGI's Earth Science Week (, a public awareness campaign that reaches over 50 million people each year with educational resources, information, and activities promoting awareness of Earth science. Please join us!     

2023 Geologic Map Day Learning Activities

Activity: Lidar Improves Geologic Maps (to come 9/25)

Activity: Applications of Lidar (to come 9/25)

Other Geologic Map Learning Activities

Activity: Soil's Role in Carbon Sequestration

Activity: Observing Soil Respiration

Activity: Different Times, Different Environments

Activity: Looking Below Earth’s Surface

Activity: Surface Processes

Activity: Processes Below The Water

Activity: What's In A Name?

Activity: Clear as Black and White

Activity: Getting Creative- Inspirational Feature Near You

Activity: Getting Creative- Fossils Tell a Bigger Story

Activity: Getting Creative - Create Your Own Map

Activity: Karst, Sinkholes, and Human Activity

Activity: What’s Under My Feet? Learning to Use a Geologic Map

Activity: Geologic Maps & Earthquakes

Activity: Visualizing Terrain with Maps

Activity: Geologic Maps and Groundwater

Activity: Why Settle at Mesa Verde?

Geologic Map Day Resources

Geologic Maps and Natural Hazards

Contest: Geologic Maps by College Students

Frequently Asked Questions

Geologic Map Day Resources Online

Geologic Mapping and Public Health Factsheet 

Geologic Mapping for the Nation Factsheet

Meeting Challenges with Geologic Maps

Founding & Supporting Partners

U.S. Geological Survey

Association of American State Geologists

Geological Society of America

American Geosciences Institute

National Park Service

National Aeronautics and Space Administration