State Continues Geological Mapping Project
Mapping Work to be done in Ashland, Center Harbor, Cornish, Deering, Francetown, Greenville, Henniker, Hillsborough, Holderness, Lebanon, Lyndeborough, Mason, Meredith, Moultonborough, New Boston, New Hampton, New Ipswich, Plainfield, Temple, Weare and Wilton
Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Geological Survey (NHGS), at the Department of Environmental Services, will be surveying the geology underlying the topographic map quadrangle that encompasses all or parts of the towns of Ashland, Center Harbor, Cornish, Deering, Francetown, Greenville, Henniker, Hillsborough, Holderness, Lebanon, Lyndeborough, Mason, Meredith, Moultonborough, New Boston, New Hampton, New Ipswich, Plainfield, Temple, Weare and Wilton.
Geologists will be examining the soil, rocks, and collecting data in order to construct accurate geologic maps, and may ask property owners for access to their lands to evaluate features that contribute to the understanding of the local geology. Geologists under contract are required to identify themselves, and will possess an official letter signed by the State Geologist, Dr. David Wunsch, validating their identity, and containing a request to allow the geologist access to properties of interest. Modern geologic maps are used to protect and explore for ground water supplies, identify sand and gravel deposits, and identify geological hazards, such as areas prone to landslides or flooding. The survey is funded through the National Cooperative Geological Mapping Program (NCGMP) sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey. The NHGS is responsible for gathering and disseminating geologic information for the state. To date, approximately 45 percent of the state's surficial geology has been mapped at the 1:24,000 scale, which is the national standard for detailed maps.
Finished maps are available to the public through the DES Public Information office. For maps sales please call 603 271-2975. For more information on the geologic mapping program, go to: http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/gsu/index.htm or contact Lee Wilder at the NH Geological Survey at: 603 271-1976.
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