The mission of the North Carolina Geological Survey (NCGS) is to provide unbiased and technically accurate applied earth science scientific information to address societal needs. This includes geologic maps, mineral resource and geochemical information, topographic maps and digital products, and earth science education initiatives.
The NCGS "...examines, surveys, and maps the geology, mineral resources, and topography of the state" and encourages the wise conservation and use of geologic resources by industry, commerce, agriculture, and government agencies for the general welfare of the citizens of North Carolina.
Profile of the North Carolina Geological Survey
The NCGS has been central to the State's development and industrialization, the wise use of its abundant natural resources, and environmental education of North Carolina by providing natural resource information to its citizens and to industry since 1823. The key role of geology throughout our State's history is reflected from the NCGS' cabinet level role in the 1800's to the central role the NCGS plays in many of the high profile, societal issues challenging North Carolina today.
Services include identification of rock and mineral samples submitted by citizens, and providing consulting services and specially prepared reports to agencies that need geological information. The NCGS enforces the State's oil and gas regulations (T15:05D.0000 to .0011) including exploration and production of oil or gas in State waters.
Here is a map of downtown Raleigh showing government buildings. The Map and Publication Sales office and the main NCGS office is housed in the Archdale Building (numbered 7 on the map, or in block C1), 5th floor, Suite 527.
Geological Advisory Committee Charter
This committee provides comments and recommendations on the mission, goals, objectives, and projects of the North Carolina Geological Survey, as presented by the State Geologist and staff members. The committee's charter is presented here in Adobe PDF format.
National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (STATEMAP component)
Information about geologic mapping as part of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (STATEMAP Component) is summarized here.