Beyond the Map: Digital Data Supports Applied and Scientific Projects

qmapnaki…from Stratford Press

“A new geological map covering the Taranaki and Central North Island area has been completed by a team of geologists following six years of fieldwork.

“The map, which shows the region’s geology in more detail than before, has been generated from a computer database using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, which means it can be updated regularly as new information comes to hand. The map replaces existing geological maps of the area, published in the 1960s, and combines a vast amount of published and unpublished material, plus new research, to produce a valuable resource about Taranaki geology.

“Digital data from which the map was produced is already being used extensively in a number of applied and scientific projects. End users expected to benefit include regional councils, engineers, developers, scientists, and mineral and petroleum exploration companies. People with an interest in geology and in the Taranaki region would also find the map useful.”

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