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Indiana Geological Survey

Denver Harper
Indiana Geological Survey

Last modified: Monday, August 5, 2002

Digital atlas of southwestern Indiana completed by Indiana Geological Survey

The Indiana Geological Survey has made available the most detailed atlas of southwestern Indiana ever produced. Overlayed atop digital satellite photos are more than 170 layers of geographic information showing the positions of highways, railroads, churches and other important features.

"The digital atlas is a powerful planning tool for governmental agencies at all levels, as well as environmental groups, businesses and industries," said Indiana Geological Survey Director John Steinmetz. "I would hope that it can be used to aid in attracting new businesses to Indiana, for it provides custom answers to many of the specific questions prospective developers ask."

The various map layers also include the positions of public buildings and structures, such as schools and dams, as well as historical features, mineral deposits, mines, quarries, water, and oil and gas wells. The work was funded by a grant from the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Individual maps of the digital atlas may be downloaded at no cost at the survey's Web site, The entire digital atlas may be purchased on a set of CD-ROMs by calling 812-855-7636 and requesting Indiana Geological Survey Open-File Study 01-23.

The Indiana Geological Survey, located on the Bloomington campus of Indiana University, provides the State of Indiana with geographical and geological information to support the health, safety and welfare of its citizens.

To talk with Steinmetz, contact Denver Harper at 812-855-1369 or or Deborah DeChurch at 812-855-1941 or