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Aug 18 / Dave Schumaker

New USGS Map: Geology of Las Vegas Region

Ron Schott submitted the following press release from the USGS, detailing a new geologic map that has been completed for the region in and around Las Vegas. You can read the press release here. While the saying may be, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is sharing dirt about the geology of the Las Vegas region with the release of a new geologic map. The USGS map was designed to respond to land-use issues and challenges that Las Vegas is experiencing due to rapid urbanization. Using GIS-based earth science information, the map can be used to investigate major issues such as water supply and quality, land subsidence due to ground-water withdrawal, and seismic and flood hazards. Las Vegas is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States, and as such is faced with quite a few problems thanks to its location.

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