UMass Sesquicentennial

Maps, Data, & Publications

An MGS favorite: Contemporary to historic topographic maps. TopoView highlights one of the USGS's most important and useful products, the topographic map. In 1879, the USGS began to map...

An index of all USGS geologic maps and hydrogeologic publications for Massachusetts, cross-referenced and indexed by town and 7.5' quadrangle. This is an extremely valuable resource for finding...

A web-searchable database / visualization tool for all of the borings associated with the central artery project / "Big Dig" in Boston.

Searchable online database of well completion reports in Massachusetts. Maintained by MassDEP

Search here first for any and all geologic map data for the Commonwealth before searching the links below.

Search here second for any and all geologic data for the Commonwealth before searching the links below.

Find which 7.5' quadrangle your town is in using a map.

Find which 7.5' quadrangle your town is in using a list.

Download a PDF map showing which towns are in which 7.5' quadrangles.

A Google Earth KMZ file showing the locations of 7.5' quadrangles in Massachusetts

New to using geologic maps? This is a great guide to learning how to read and get the most out of geologic maps

GIS datalayers portraying the latest soil survey data for Massachusetts

A series of publications on Massachusetts geology based on Master's and PhD theses by U-Mass students from the 1960s-1990s. These are a valuable resource and the only geologic data for many...

Mine plants and operations for commodities monitored by the National Minerals Information Center of the USGS. Operations included are those considered active in 2003 and surveyed by the USGS.

This is your direct link to water-resource information on Massachusetts's rivers and streams, ground water, water quality, and biology. Provides links to real time and historic streamflow,...

The USGS has a distributed water database that is locally managed. Surface water, groundwater, and water quality data are compiled from these local, distributed databases into a national...

MassGIS scanned the USGS topographic quadrangles to create a digital database that can provide images of the paper maps. These images can be used as a backdrop for plotting vector data and for...

Historic topographic maps of New England states going back to the 1800s.

World Wind is an open-source (released under the NOSA license) virtual globe developed by NASA and the open source community for use on personal computers.

OpenJUMP is an open source Geographic Information System (GIS) written in the Java programming language. It is developed and maintained by a group of volunteers from around the globe.

gvSIG is a Geographic Information System (GIS), that is, a desktop application designed for capturing, storing, handling, analyzing and deploying any kind of referenced geographic information in...

GRASS GIS, commonly referred to as GRASS (Geographic Resources Analysis Support System), is a free Geographic Information System (GIS) software used for geospatial data management and analysis,...

Guidebooks form the New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference NEIGC conference publications are and will continue to be the best resource for New England geology.

Quantum GIS (QGIS) is a user friendly Open Source Geographic Information System (GIS) licensed under the GNU General Public License. QGIS is an official project of the Open Source Geospatial...

MRDS is a collection of reports describing metallic and nonmetallic mineral resources throughout the world. Included are deposit name, location, commodity, deposit description, geologic...

"Mindat is the largest mineral database and mineralogy reference website on the internet. This site contains worldwide data on minerals, mineral collecting, mineral localities and other...

The UNH Library has digitized guidebooks form the New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference (NEIGC). These publications are one of the best resources for learning about New England...

CalTopo contains topographic map coverage and downloadable topographic maps for all of the conterminous U.S. It also has a variety of web-based tools for calculating distance, area, topographic...

MassGIS is the geospatial data clearinghouse for Massachusetts. They distribute LiDAR, DEMs, and other elevation data, in addition to soils maps, hydrologic, cultural, environmental, and...

Use this web map service to find locations of all NCGS geodetic and survey benchmarks.  A great resource!

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