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U.S. Geological Survey
Data Series 144
version 1.0

Digital Database of the Geologic Map of the Island of Hawai‘i

By Frank A. Trusdell, Edward W. Wolfe, and Jean Morris

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This online publication (DS 144) provides the digital database for the printed map by Edward W. Wolfe and Jean Morris (I-2524-A; 1996). This digital database contains all the information used to publish U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Investigations Series I-2524-A (available only in paper form; see The database contains the distribution and relationships of volcanic and surficial-sedimentary deposits on the island of Hawai‘i. This dataset represents the geologic history for the five volcanoes that comprise the Island of Hawai'i. The volcanoes are Kohala, Mauna Kea, Hualalai, Mauna Loa and Kīlauea.

This database of the geologic map contributes to understanding the geologic history of the Island of Hawai‘i and provides the basis for understanding long-term volcanic processes in an intra-plate ocean island volcanic system. In addition the database also serves as a basis for producing volcanic hazards assessment for the island of Hawai‘i. Furthermore it serves as a base layer to be used for interdisciplinary research.

This online publication consists of a digital database of the geologic map, an explanatory pamphlet, description of map units, correlation of map units diagram, and images for plotting. Geologic mapping was compiled at a scale of 1:100,000 for the entire mapping area. The geologic mapping was compiled as a digital geologic database in ArcInfo GIS format.


A page-sized PDF version of the geologic map for viewing: bimp_thumb.pdf (584 KB).

A PDF version of the geologic map (scale 1:150,000): bimp.pdf (9.3 MB).

A PDF version of the pamphlet: bimppamp.pdf (2.2 MB). This is a scanned version of the original paper pamphlet

A PDF version of the description of map units: bimp_dmu.pdf (1.6 MB).

A PDF version of the correlation of map units diagram: bimp_corr.pdf (5.4 MB).


readme.txt: Text-only readme file that explains the contents of the file. (4 KB)


This digital database was compiled with ArcInfo and consists of files in ArcInfo coverage format and export formats. ArcInfo-compatible GIS software is therefore required to use the files of this database. The database is stored in a single zipped folder ( in this release for ease of transfer. The scale of the source map limits the spatial resolution (scale) of the database to 1:100,000 or smaller. Available ArcInfo coverages described below: compressed file containing the following digital database files (9.4-MB file that opens into a 32.4-MB folder)


Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) metadata:

bimpgeo.htm: metadata for the digital geologic map (html version, 228 KB)

bimpgeo.txt, metadata for the digital geologic map (ASCII version, 164 KB)

For accessories files (such as roads, contours and so forth) to be plotted along with Geology of Hawaii map, visit the State of Hawaii's GIS website for downloadable layers at:

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For questions about the content of this report, contact Frank Trusdell

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Created: March 9, 2006
Last modified: April 20, 2006 (mfd)