U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 91–587, v. 3.5 (2011)
ALACARTE offers a convenient way to compile geologic maps in the computer as spatial databases that can be used to prepare both cartographic images and analytic derivatives.
It is a menu-controlled shell, organized in geologic terms, that provides on-screen control of the program ARC/INFO, a commercial geographic information system (GIS).
Input can be from imported scans, digitizer tracing, or on-screen tracing or mapping with a mouse-controlled cursor over a digital topographic base, and interactive editing can be done on-screen using a broad suite of edit functions.
Compilations begun in other digital systems can be imported for completion as digital databases in ARC/INFO. The digital files that represent a geologic map can be used to prepare near-publication-quality color plots of the maps with full symbology or to create high-quality printing negatives. These files also constitute a digital database that can be used for computer-based query and analysis as well as for digital distribution of the map and associated data.
Last modified November 17, 2011
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Fitzgibbon, T.T., and Wentworth, C.M., 1991, revised 2011, ALACARTE user interface - AML code and demonstration maps, version 3.5: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 91-587A, software package, available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/1991/0587/a/.
Fitzgibbon, T.T., 1991, revised 2011, ALACARTE Installation and System Manual: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 91-587B, 65 p., available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/1991/0587/b/.
Wentworth, C.M., and Fitzgibbon, T.T., 1991, ALACARTE User Manual: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 91-587C, 267 p., available at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/1991/0587/c/.
Open-File Report 91-587A, ALACARTE User Interface - AML Code and Demonstration Maps, by Todd T. Fitzgibbon and Carl M. Wentworth
Open-File Report 91-587B, ALACARTE Installation and System Manual, by Todd T. Fitzgibbon
Open-File Report 91-587C, ALACARTE User Manual, by Carl M. Wentworth and Todd T. Fitzgibbon