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Geographic Information System

The datasets of the NYS Museum which are posted here are made freely available.

Data Format Information:

  • File Format: Data is distributed in ARC/INFO® EXPORT format (with ".e00") extension or ArcInfo Shapefile (".shp").
  • File Type: The EXPORT files are stored in DOS ASCII format.
  • File Compression: Files are compressed with PKZIP 2.04g.
  • File Decompression: Once downloaded to your site, the files can be decompressed using the software programs PKUNZIP in the DOS or Windows environment, or GUNZIP in the UNIX environment. UNIX users must change the ".zip" extension to ".e00.gz" before running GUNZIP on the files. UNIX users also have the option of using other UNIX shareware tools (such as ZIP for UNIX) to decompress the ".zip" file.

Dataset Guide:

The NYS Museum Dataset Guide has pertinent information on data files, including version and date of last update. This information is also available by viewing the metadata for each individual coverage in the NYS GIS Clearinghouse


GIS Applications

Geology

Empire State Oil and Gas Information System
The Empire State Oil and Gas Information System is your complete resource for oil and gas data in the state of New York


Statewide Based Coverages

Boundary Data

We have tiled the State using 5 tiles.

This Index Map shows old and new ArcInfo coverages. Statewide coverages are "clipped" to the boundaries of these sheets to coincide with source maps. Old coverage system tiled the state using 10 tiles, the new method uses 5. The 5 tiles that comprise the state are based on the paper map sheets.
ArcInfo

Boundary Files: The 5 Tile Coverages used by the NYS Museum

Data Set Scale Region ArcInfo and ArcView
Adirondack Sheet 1:250,000 Statewide bndadir.zip
Finger Lakes Sheet 1:250,000 Statewide bndfing.zip
Hudson Mohawk Sheet 1:250,000 Statewide bndhudm.zip
Lower Hudson Sheet 1:250,000 Statewide bndlhud.zip
Niagara Sheet 1:250,000 Statewide bndniag.zip



Surficial Geology

Paper Map Set

Descriptions of material types are available on the paper map set. Order the Paper Map Set - Map & Chart Series Number 40

Surficial Geology Legend: Explanation of surficial materials

Surficial Geology Colors: Surficial Geology Color designation

Data Set Scale Region ArcInfo and ArcView Metadata
Adirondack Sheet 1:250,000 Statewide adir_s.zip.e00
adir_shape.zip.shp
Adirondack metadata
Finger Lakes Sheet 1:250,000 Statewide fing_s.zip.e00
fing_shape.zip.shp
Finger Lakes metadata
Hudson Mohawk Sheet 1:250,000 Statewide hudm_s.zip.e00
hudm_shape.zip.shp
Hudson Mohawk metadata
Lower Hudson Sheet 1:250,000 Statewide lhud_s.zip.e00
lhud_shape.zip.shp
Lower Hudson metadata
Niagara Sheet 1:250,000 Statewide niag_s.zip.e00
niag_shape.zip.shp
Niagara metadata


 

Scans of the Surfical Maps
Map & Chart Series Number 40
Data Set Scale Region jpg file
Adirondack Sheet 1:250,000 Statewide 16 mb
Finger Lakes Sheet 1:250,000 Statewide 12 mb
Hudson Mohawk Sheet 1:250,000 Statewide 13 mb
Lower Hudson Sheet 1:250,000 Statewide 10 mb
Niagara Sheet 1:250,000 Statewide 11 mb



Bedrock Geology

Bedrock Geology Legend: Explanation of bedrock materialsVersion 1.0 7-26-99

Descriptions of material types are available on the paper map set

Order the Paper Map Set -Map & Chart Series Number 15

GIS Data
Data Set Scale Region ArcInfo and ArcView Metadata
Adirondack Sheet 1:250,000 Statewide adir_bedr1a.zip Adirondack metadata
Finger Lakes Sheet 1:250,000 Statewide fing_bedr1a.zip Finger Lakes metadata
Hudson Mohawk Sheet 1:250,000 Statewide hudm_bedr1a.zip Hudson Mohawk metadata
Lower Hudson Sheet 1:250,000 Statewide lhud_bedr1a.zip Lower Hudson metadata
Niagara Sheet 1:250,000 Statewide niag_bedr1a.zip Niagara metadata

 

Scans of the Bedrock Maps
Map & Chart Series Number 15
Data Set Scale Region jpg file
Adirondack Sheet 1:250,000 Statewide 27 mb
Finger Lakes Sheet 1:250,000 Statewide 40 mb
Hudson Mohawk Sheet 1:250,000 Statewide 32 mb
Lower Hudson Sheet 1:250,000 Statewide 28 mb
Niagara Sheet 1:250,000 Statewide 36 mb
Master Legend     23 mb



Faults of New York

Preliminary Brittle Structure Map of New York.

Data Set Scale Region ArcInfo and ArcView Metadata
NY Faults 1:250,000 Statewide nyfaults.zip Brittle Structure metadata

Paper Map Set

School Data

Coming Soon

Regional Based Coverages

Upper Saranac Lake Watershed

The following datasets were produced for the EPA funded report titled "The State of Upper Saranac Lake, NY."
Data Set Scale Region ArcInfo and ArcView Metadata
Bathymetric Points NA Upper Saranac Lake bath_pts.zip Bathymetric metadata
Shoreline Development 1997 1:8,000 (approximate) Upper Saranac Lake devel97.zip Shoreline Development metadata



Topographic Maps - Geological Survey Collection

The NYS Geological Survey maintains a full inventory of 1:24,000 topographic maps of the State for use by staff, and for examination by the general public. It does not, however, sell topographic maps. The Survey also has a collection of stable base mylar maps of the Adirondack region at 1:24,000 and 1:62,500. Many of these maps are long out-of-print, and have been designated "Historical Maps" by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Disclaimer / Notice:

While every effort has been made to insure the integrity of this digital data, the New York State Education Department ("NYSED") makes no representation or warranty, expressed or implied, with respect to its accuracy, completeness, or usefulness for any particular purpose or scale. NYSED assumes no liability for damages resulting from the use of any information, apparatus, method or process disclosed in this dataset, map or text, and urges independent site-specific verification of the information contained herein. Any use of trade, product or firm names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by NYSED.

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