COMPILING DISPERSED GEOLOGIC KNOWLEDGE FOR EASE OF ACCESS AND MAINTENANCE
Natural and human forces had destroyed or altered some previously identified geologic features or created new features, and access to some sites had also changed or been limited. Prior data gathered about these sites were often not reflected in the sites as they now exist. Data regarding their safety and accessibility had largely not been recorded.
These deficiencies diminished the suitability of many of these sites as resources for field study. Data regarding these features required maintenance to remain usable, due to alteration or destruction by human and natural processes. The process of maintenance was impaired by the dispersal of this data across many disparate sources. Furthermore, the destruction of some of these sites before their data could be fully preserved resulted in the permanent loss of that data.
Hosting data about geologic features in a centralized digital format facilitates the ease of access and maintenance necessary to preserve it. The use of mapping technology in conjunction with techniques such as virtual field trips can enable the study of sites even if they are destroyed.