This vector data set contains the rock unit polygons for the surficial geology in the Delaware Coastal Plain covered by DGS Geologic Map No. 16 (Fairmount and Rehoboth Beach quadrangles). The geologic history of the surficial units of the Fairmount and Rehoboth Beach quadrangles is that of deposition of the Beaverdam Formation and its subsequent modification by erosion and deposition related to sea-level fluctuations during the Pleistocene. The geology reflects this complex history both onshore, in Rehoboth Bay, and offshore. Erosion during the late Pleistocene sea-level low stand and ongoing deposition offshore and in Rehoboth Bay during the Holocene rise in sea level represent the last of several cycles of erosion and deposition.
To facilitate the GIS community of Delaware and to release the geologic map of the Fairmount and Rehoboth Beach quadrangles with all cartographic elements (including geologic symbology, text, etc.) in a form usable in a GIS, we have released this digital coverage of DGS Geological Map 16. The update of earlier work and mapping of new units is important not only to geologists, but also to hydrologists who wish to understand the distribution of water resources, to engineers who need bedrock information during construction of roads and buildings, to government officials and agencies who are planning for residential and commercial growth, and to citizens who are curious about the bedrock under their homes. Formal names are assigned to all rock units according to the guidelines of the 1983 North American Stratigraphic Code (NACSN, 1983).
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WMS URL: http://maps.dgs.udel.edu/fcgi-bin/geomap16?
Layer Names: de_geomap16
This map was prepared for a scale of 1:24,000 and should not be used at larger scales for denotation of rock unit boundaries.
The Delaware Geological Survey (DGS) is constantly gathering data from multiple sources, interpreting the data, and reflecting its interpretations on maps. DGS's interpretations of multiple data sources are reflected in this map available for download. Reasonable efforts have been made by DGS to verify that this digital shapefile accurately represents the source data used in its preparation; however, this map may contain omissions and errors in scale, resolution, rectification, positional accuracy, development methodology, interpretations of source data, and other circumstances. This map is also date specific and as additional data become available and as verification of source data continues, this map may be reinterpreted and updated by DGS without notification. Please check the metadata for these layers to verify any updates. This map was prepared for a scale of 1:24,000 and should not be used at larger scales for delineation of rock unit boundaries. Nothing contained herein shall be deemed an expressed or implied waiver of the sovereign immunity of the State of Delaware or its duly authorized representatives, agents, or employees.