The Delaware Geological Survey has a continuing program to map the geology of the entire state at the detailed scale of 1:24,000. The STATEMAP component of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program has contributed significantly to our surficial geologic mapping program. This work has entailed not only new geologic mapping, but also the digital compilation of previous mapping. Products resulting from this program include file formats that can be downloaded and printed from the web as geologic map products and imported into GIS software as georeferenced layers.
Geologic maps are important, high-priority products identified in the current DGS Strategic Plan. The state has seen an acceleration of population growth over the last fifteen years, creating an increasing need for geologic map information for groundwater, land-use, natural hazard, environmental geology, soils/agriculture, land-use planning, and geotechnical engineering applications. Geographic information systems (GIS) have expanded the usefulness and accessibility of geologic maps as they can now be readily integrated with other scientific, geographic, planning, and technical data for a given area. GIS layers of DGS geologic maps can be found in the publications section of the DGS web site.
As part of the STATEMAP component of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program, the DGS is conducting geologic mapping in the Sharptown, Laurel, Hebron, and Delmar Quadrangles at a scale of 1:24,000 with updates to previously-mapped Seaford West and Seaford East Quadrangles. Field work includes drilling and taking core samples with the DGS drill rig and shallow subsurface sampling using hand augers. Interpretation of the data from field work is used to map geologic formations in the shallow subsurface and those that occur at land surface along with related geomorphic features.
USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program: http://ncgmp.usgs.gov/ncgmpabout/
The following projects and publications are related to the Delaware STATEMAP program:
- GM17 Geologic Map of the Harbeson Quadrangle, Delaware
- GM16 Geologic Map of the Fairmount and Rehoboth Beach Quadrangles, Delaware
- GM15 Geologic Map of the Georgetown Quadrangle, Delaware
- GM14 Geologic Map of Kent County, Delaware
- GM13 Geologic Map of New Castle County, Delaware
- GM12 Geology of the Lewes and Cape Henlopen Quadrangles, Delaware
- GM11 Geology of the Ellendale and Milton Quadrangles, Delaware
- GM9 Geology of the Seaford Area, Delaware