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Florida Geological Survey - Geological Investigations Section
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The Geological Investigations Section of the Florida Geological Survey collects and interprets surface and subsurface geologic data to provide an understanding of Florida’s three-dimensional geologic framework. This knowledge is necessary to understand Florida’s ecosystems, watersheds, aquifer recharge and protection, and to provide or recommend effective environmental remediation, where necessary. Research conducted by the Geologic Investigations Section includes statewide geologic mapping, reinterpretation of Florida’s geomorphic features, aquifer-system framework delineation, and research in stratigraphy, mineralogy, sedimentology and paleontology. Other functions of the section include maintenance of the statewide Subsidence Incident Reports, coastal studies, and mineral resource studies.

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The Geological Investigations Section works with the FGS Geological Sample Acquisition and Management Section acquiring geological data and samples through auger and core-drilling supporting existing FGS research, such as the statewide Geological Mapping Program (STATEMAP), which recently completed a project near Daytona Beach.

Geological Investigations staff describe the cores and cuttings archived in the FGS repository. The descriptions are entered into the FGS lithologic database, which presently contains more than 5,000 records. Cores, cuttings,lithologic descriptions and geophysical logs are a valuable asset to the earth science community. These fundamental geologic data support the needs of more than one third of the programs in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The Geological Investigations staff also acts as consultants or co-investigators to other local, state and federal agencies.

Statewide Coastal Research is a part of the Geological Investigations Section that is cooperatively funded by various federal agencies including the U. S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement, and the Environmental Protection Agency. These studies commenced 1991 in recognition of the need for geologic information to further our understanding of coastal processes, resources and fragile coastal ecosystems.

Last updated: November 10, 2014

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