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Miscellaneous Investigations Series I-1420 (NJ-17)

Prepared in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Science, University of Virginia, the Department of Geology and Geography, University of West Virginia, the Department of Geology, University of North Carolina, the Soil Science Department, North Carolina State University, the Department of Geology and Mineralogy, Ohio State University, the Pennsylvania Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey, Department of Environmental Resources, and the Tennessee Division of Geology, Department of Conservation

Quaternary Geologic Map of the Blue Ridge 4° x 6° Quadrangle, United States

State compilations by Alan D. Howard, Robert E. Behling, Walter H. Wheeler, Raymond B. Daniels, W.C. Swadley, Gerald M. Richmond, Richard P. Goldthwait, David S. Fullerton, William D. Sevon, and Robert A. Miller

Edited and integrated by Gerald M. Richmond, David S Fullerton, and Ann Coe Christiansen

Digital edition by Charles A. Bush

Thumbnail of and link to map PDF (6 MB)

This map is part of the Quaternary Geologic Atlas of the United States (I-1420). It was first published as a printed edition in 1986. The geologic data have now been captured digitally and are presented here along with images of the printed map sheet and component parts as PDF files.

The Quaternary Geologic Map of the Blue Ridge 4° x 6° Quadrangle was mapped as part of the Quaternary Geologic Atlas of the United States. The atlas was begun as an effort to depict the areal distribution of surficial geologic deposits and other materials that accumulated or formed during the past 2+ million years, the period that includes all activities of the human species. These materials are at the surface of the earth. They make up the "ground" on which we walk, the "dirt" in which we dig foundations, and the "soil" in which we grow crops. Most of our human activity is related in one way or another to these surface materials that are referred to collectively by many geologists as that overlies the bedrock foundation of the continent. The maps were compiled at 1:1,000,000 scale.

First posted June 13, 2012

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Suggested citation:

Richmond, G.M., Fullerton, D.S., Christiansen, A.C., Howard, A.D., Behling, R.E., Wheeler, W.H., Daniels, R.B., Swadley, W.C., Goldthwait, R.P., Sevon, W.D., Miller, R.A., eds., 1991, Quaternary geologic map of the Blue Ridge 4° x 6° quadrangle, United States: Quaternary Geologic Atlas of the United States Map I-1420 (NJ-17), scale 1:1,000,000. Digital edition by Bush, C.A., 2011.

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