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The UGS GeoData Archive System, part of our Geologic Data Preservation Project, contains Utah geologic-related scanned documents, photographs (except aerial), and other digital materials (resources) from our files and those gathered from other agencies or organizations in one easy-to-use web-based system. Resources available to general users are all in the public domain and may contain reports submitted to state and local governments as part of permit reviews (and as a result are in the public domain). Metadata describing each resource is searchable, along with spatial searching for resources that are local or site-specific in nature (Geographic Search link in Simple Search pane). Resources representing counties, regional areas, or a larger area are not spatially searchable at this time and must be searched using text-based metadata (Simple or Advanced Search).

Themes and Collections

Themes are groups of similar collections containing geologic information resources. Queries using the Simple or Advanced Search tools will search all themes and collections.

Simple Search

Basic metadata searches can be performed using the Simple Search tool, including resource title, author, county, keywords, and resource or publication date. Search results will be shown on a new page using either thumbnail images or list format. After viewing a particular resource, the search results can be returned to by using the Search Results link in the top navigation bar. The most recently entered 1000 resources may be viewed by clicking on the View New Material link in the Simple Search pane.

Advanced Search

Detailed metadata searches can be performed using the Advanced Search feature accessed from the bottom of the Simple Search pane. This allows you to search all the specific metadata associated with each resource (see Metadata link below). The number of resources matching your current query will be shown at the bottom of the Advanced Search page. The keywords used are from a controlled list (see Metadata link below). Search results will be shown on a new page using either thumbnail images or list format. After viewing a particular resource, the search results can be returned to by using the Search Results link in the top navigation bar.

Geographic Search

Geographic searches are performed using a base map (can be changed by clicking on the plus symbol in upper right map corner) and a drag mode. Select the pan drag mode to zoom in/out and to pan around the map, then select the bounding box drag mode to create a bounding box by dragging the cursor around the area of interest. Once the bounding box is drawn, all resources with coordinates within the bounding box will be returned. Resources representing counties, regional areas, or a larger area are not spatially searchable at this time and must be searched using text-based metadata (Simple or Advanced Search).

Search Results

Each resource may be viewed directly, or downloaded to your local device. Documents are predominately in text-searchable PDF format. Details about each resource may be viewed by hovering over the specific resource thumbnail image (resource title, author, publisher, publication reference/identification, resource publication date, availability, resource type, and keywords, if available). Additional search keywords may be entered to refine the search results by using the link above the resource thumbnail images. Adobe Reader 9 or greater, is needed to view the PDF files. Firefox 9 or greater is recommended for best web browser performance.

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