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Making GeologicMap

Making GeologicMap

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Published by: Guroglu Ogun on Jul 15, 2012
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Making Geologic Maps 
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Making Geologic Maps 
Before Getting Started
You can print or read this booklet in color from MicroImages’ Web site. TheWeb site is also your source for the newest Getting Started booklets on othertopics. You can download an installation guide, sample data, and the latestversion of TNTmips.
TNTmips provides a variety of tools for working with geologic data and makinggeologic maps that can be printed or distributed as an electronic atlas. Thisbooklet is intended as a general guide to making geologic maps in TNTmips.Using a sample geologic map layout, it discusses how the different data layerswere prepared and assembled, and illustrates the type of results you can achievewith your own data using TNTmips.
Prerequisite Skills
This booklet assumes that you have completed the exercisesin the tutorial booklets
Displaying Geospatial Data
TNT Product Concepts
.Those exercises introduce essential skills and basic techniques that are not cov-ered again here. Please consult those booklets for any review you need.
Sample Data
The data used to prepare the map shown in this booklet are distrib-uted as sample data with the TNT products. Although this booklet does notinclude exercises with step-by-step instructions on how to use this data, you maywish to view the different data layers and experiment with them before you beginworking with your own geologic map data. In particular, this booklet refers tosample files in the
data collection.
More Documentation
This booklet is intended only as an overview of usefulstrategies for preparing and assembling geospatial data layers to make geologicmaps. As different tasks and procedures are discussed in the text, references areprovided to appropriate tutorial booklets that provide exercises introducing thetools for performing those tasks in TNTmips.
Pro and TNTmips Free
TNTmips (the Map and Image ProcessingSystem) comes in three versions: the professional version of TNTmips (TNTmipsPro), the low-cost TNTmips Basic version, and the TNTmips Free version. Allversions run exactly the same code from the TNT products DVD and have nearlythe same features. If you did not purchase the professional version (which re-quires a software license key) or TNTmips Basic, then TNTmips operates inTNTmips Free mode.All of the objects in the sample
Project File are useable in TNTmips Free.
 Randall B. Smith, Ph.D., 4 January 2012
 MicroImages, Inc., 2002-2012
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Making Geologic Maps 
Welcome to Making Geologic Maps
Geological data plays a key role in the discoveryand development of new sources of minerals andenergy, evaluation of water resources, engineer-ing assessment for construction projects,evaluation of risks from natural hazards, and envi-ronmental monitoring and remediation, amongother applications. The starting point for all suchstudies is usually a geologic map of the relevantarea.A geologic map depicts the geologist’s observa-tions and inferences about the surface distribution,geometry, and structure of the various rocks and sedi-ments in the area. The geologist usually gathers muchof the information shown in a geologic map by examin-ing rock outcrops in thefield. The field data maybe supplemented by interpretation of aerial photo-graphs or satellite images and in some cases byanalysis of geochemical samples or geophysicalsurveys.In the past, manual methods were used for record-ing geological map data and preparing the final map.But modern computer software tools such as TNT-mips can be used to streamline both of those tasks.And once the map data is in digital form, it can be interactively queried, readilycombined with imagery or with map datafrom adjoining areas to aid interpretation,or distributed as an electronic atlas.TNTmips provides a set of software toolsthat is uniquely suited to the tasks of re-cording and compiling varied types of geological map data and preparing the fi-nal geologic map layout. This bookletdiscusses general strategies you can useto record, organize, and format your owngeologic data so that it can be easily as-sembled into a layout for printing or fordistribution as part of an electronic atlas.

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