GIS Government News Weekly: Wyoming Geology, Korea Encourages Spatial

New Wyoming State Geology Map: Print or PDFsnippet of OK Oil and Gas Map

The Wyoming State Geological Survey offers a new version of the Geologic Map of Wyoming. It's available as a 1:500,000-scale wall map with a separate legend sheet and references for $25 via the WSGS Online Store or as a free pdf download. The creators used "Esri’s ArcMap GIS " and Global Mapper to produce it, but there's no information on getting at the raw data.

Fracking in Oklahoma

Norman is exploring fracking and the local paper points readers to a map of Regional Oil and Gas Drilling locations from  the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. 

This online GIS map interface available from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission was formatted to include the hydrology of the area — major streams, rivers, and ponds. Local environmental activist Casey Holcomb provided the map and link so people can see the location of wells in connection with water sources. 

It's clearly an expert user interface. My favorite part is the animated oil well that shows an operation is in progress.

Korean Government Helping Grow Spatial Businesses

In order to support technology start-ups and entrepreneurs who plan to build start-ups related to the spatial information industry, the South Korea government plans to tie them with angel investors.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport will hold the first “Spatial Information Angel Investment Inducement, Education & Mentoring” event to help spatial information ventures and future start-ups secure funds in their early stages on August 25.

Mapping vs. Bombing Gaza Tunnels
Yossi Langotsky, an Israeli geologist who led Israel’s successful search for natural gas deposits beneath the Mediterranean seabed, told the Jerusalem Post that he pushed the Israel Defense Forces for a decade to tap geologists’ expertise to locate Hamas’s tunnels but was rebuffed. Paul Bauman, a Canadian geophysicist and expert on discovering underground voids, told the Times of Israel that he showed the IDF how it could map the tunnel threat several years ago, but it never followed up. 
The suggestion is that mapping the tunnels with underground detection technology might have prevented some of the casualties in the most recent conflict.

Published Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg


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