DATA-RICH, GIS-BASED SYNTHESIS OF MAP, FIELD, AND ANALYTICAL DATA: BEDROCK GEOLOGY OF THE CENTRAL SIERRA NEVADA, EASTERN CALIFORNIA
The data model underpinning this compilation emphasizes that geologic maps are abstractions, rather than direct representations, of map data and other geologic observables. A relational database scheme, including spatial relationships between point, line, and polygon data, enables information to be passed across and amongst datasets. Such syntheses of multi-disciplinary geologic observables represent significant opportunities for: (a) seed data for community cyberinfrastructure and repository initiatives; (b) consideration and communication of field geology data models and criteria; (c) disseminating geologic studies, concepts, data, products, and interpretations with the general public, government agencies, funding organizations, and earth science domain specialists; (d) enabling more complete and thorough data visualization, exploitation, and analysis; and (e) new applications of statistical and spatial analyses to best leverage such large synthesized databases.
This effort focuses on the central Sierra as a well-studied Cordilleran orogen and imbedded arc with great potential for further studies in continental tectonics as well as other disciplines. We are particularly excited to consider new challenges and opportunities in exploiting and analyzing geologic databases of this scale in order to study the evolution of arcs and orogens.