Creating a Geologic Map of the World
A group of geologists will gather together next week in London to begin working on a plan to create a unified format for displaying geologic maps and data from all over the world. Named the OneGeology project, it will bring together scientists from 55 different countries.
The project has a few additional aims as well, such as identifying structures deep within the crust for possible carbon sequestration purposes, as well as geologic structures that may transcend national borders (ex. where one country is extracting water from some sort of feature while a country on the other side of the border may be polluting it).
Scientists expect the first results from this project sometime in mid-2008, using a newly proposed GeoSciML language.
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