Summary: S.1179 — 102nd Congress (1991-1992)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to Senate with amendment(s) (11/15/1991)

Geologic Mapping Act of 1991 - Directs the Secretary of the Interior to establish and maintain a comprehensive nationwide geologic mapping program, with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) as the lead Federal agency. Sets forth program objectives.

Requires the program to be carried out by an association of geologic mapping partners consisting of representatives from the USGS, the individual State Geological Surveys, and scientists from the academic community. Establishes a geologic mapping advisory group.

Requires that the program include Federal, support, State, and education geologic mapping components. Sets forth objectives for each component, including the support component contributing to national paleontologic, geochronologic, geophysical-map, and geochemical-map data bases.

Requires that the USGS prepare an implementation plan covering specified matters.

Requires the USGS to establish a national geologic-map data base to be a national archive that includes all maps and data bases developed under this Act. Declares that geologic maps contributed to the National Archives should be standardized so that information can be assimilated, exchanged, and compared efficiently and accurately.

Authorizes appropriations for each component.