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RELEASE: 4/27/01
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Surficial geologic maps of central and southern New Jersey are now available at the DEP Maps and Publications Sales Office in Trenton. The maps include cross sections that show geologic formations in the subsurface and accompanying text.

"Knowledge of our state's geology is vital because this information serves as the basis for other environmental maps, including characterization of watersheds, aquifers, soil stability and ecological habitat. The maps are also essential for the evaluation of water supplies, sand and gravel resources, and the clean up of contaminated ground water." DEP Commissioner Bob Shinn said.

The maps benefit many groups including: county planners, environmental commissions, consultants, site evaluation contractors, as well as students and educators.

State Geologist Karl Muessig said, "Geologists from the New Jersey Geological Survey (NJGS) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) formed a cooperative agreement to map New Jersey's geology in detail. The only remaining map for northern New Jersey is in the final stages of editing prior to production. Work on a digital coverage of the surficial geology is also in progress."

Shinn noted that former Governor Whitman and the National Governors Association previously issued a policy statement supporting federal legislation to build the nation's geologic map database through partnerships between state geological surveys and the federal government. New Jersey continues to benefit from this partnership.

This "Miscellaneous Investigation Series Map" (I-2540-D) may be purchased for $25 by sending a check or money order, payable to Treasurer, State of New Jersey, to: DEP Maps and publications Sales Office, PO Box 438 East State Street, Trenton, NJ 08625. No telephone orders are accepted, but a FAX order form may be obtained by calling 609-777-1038 or downloaded from the NJGS Web site:

American Express, VISA, MasterCard and Discover are accepted via FAX.


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