Mapping Programs at the Bureau of Geology
Since 1927 the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources has been pursuing fundamental research on the geologic framework of our state. This work has included geologic mapping and assessments of the state’s natural resources, as well as research on diverse aspects of the state’s geology. Throughout our history we have conducted statewide resource inventories and evaluations of oil & gas, coal, potash, and other minerals. We are also responsible for archiving and providing this information to other researchers, government agencies, industry, educators, and the general public.
Virtually all of our research and service projects involve producing maps at some point, but these programs consistenly produce mapping products:
- Our Aquifer Mapping Program conducts research to better understand our groundwater supplies
- Our Geologic Mapping Program uses boots-on-the-ground fieldwork, laboratory analysis, and remote sensing to create modern geologic map. We also use Geographic Information Systems (GIS), to create the final products.
- Maps depicting the Natural Resources of New Mexico are produced by our Petroleum, Coal,and Minerals, and Geothermal Programs.