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USGS and the American Geological Institute Combine to Offer a World of Information

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the American Geological Institute has announced a cooperative agreement that will focus on making the USGS Global Geographic Information System (GIS) database readily available to educators and the general public in the form of a DVD based world atlas.
The USGS Global GIS database contains a wealth of USGS and other public domain data, including global coverages of elevation, landcover, seismicity, and resources of minerals and energy. The package will include free GIS software allowing customized analysis of the data.
Through this partnership, our organizations can work together to facilitate access to global spatial data sets and easy-to-use GIS tools, and also provide a global perspective on earth science issues,” said Barb Ryan, USGS Associate Director for Geography. “Such a global perspective is a natural
progression from the national perspective provided by The National Map and the National Atlas.”