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U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2004-1410

Generalized Geologic Map of Bedrock Lithologies and Surficial Deposits in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Region, Tennessee and North Carolina

Published 2005

By Scott Southworth, Art Schultz, and Danielle Denenny


The geology of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (GSMNP) region of Tennessee and North Carolina was studied from 1993 to 2003 as part of a cooperative investigation with the National Park Service (NPS). This work has been compiled as a 1:100,000-scale map derived from mapping done at 1:24,000 and 1:62,500 scale. The geologic data are intended to support cooperative investigations with NPS, the development of a new soil map by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory ( At the request of NPS, we mapped areas previously not visited, revised the geology where stratigraphic and structural problems existed, and developed a map database for use in interdisciplinary research, land management, and interpretive programs for park visitors.

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For scientific questions or comments concerning this report, contact Scott Southworth.

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