Idaho Geologic Map Honored for Design, Quality Science

Wednesday, September 25 2013

MOSCOW, Idaho – The comprehensive, rainbow-hued geologic map of Idaho released in 2012 has received top honors from the Association of American State Geologists.

The Idaho Geological Survey map and its authors won the inaugural Charles J. Mankin Memorial Award, which recognizes state geological survey publications that stand out for their uniqueness, design, high-quality science, and relevance to scientific and societal issues.

“To be the first recipient of this award is exciting,” said Reed Lewis, an Idaho Geological Survey (IGS) research geologist who led the map project. “These are our true peers who are evaluating our work and recognizing it.”

The map, which features Idaho’s faults, rocks, sediments and geologic history, took 10 years to create. It serves as a tool for government agencies, industry, contractors, engineers and others, as well as for the general public. A digital version of the map featuring additional searchable layers for exploring faults, thermal springs, oil and gas wells and more is available at

The IGS has sold more than 1,500 copies of the map. Elementary schools across Idaho will soon have a copy of their own, thanks to sales of Idaho’s earth science and lapidary specialty license plate, which supports earth-science education for kindergarten through sixth-grade students. Proceeds from the plate sales have purchased 350 maps for distribution to Idaho classrooms.

Mankin, the award’s namesake, was Oklahoma’s state geologist for 40 years and was a leader in the national geological community. He helped establish STATEMAP, a U.S. Geological Survey program that funds mapping projects to help states meet important earth science needs. Much of the new geologic mapping in Idaho used in the compilation was funded through competitive STATEMAP grants.

Loudon Stanford, IGS digital geologic mapping manager, knew Mankin and said he is honored to win an award that memorializes his friend and recognizes the IGS team’s talent and motivation.

“I think it’s a tribute to what a bunch of good people in a small place can do when they work hard,” Stanford said.

The Idaho Geological Survey is a public service and research agency at the University of Idaho. Idaho statute directs the survey to collect, interpret and disseminate geologic and mineral data for the state. Members of the Idaho Geological Survey staff acquire geologic information through field and laboratory investigations and through cooperative programs with other governmental and private agencies.

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