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North American tapestry of time and terrain [POSTER]
North American tapestry of time and terrain 1:8,000,000-scale poster

Price: $18.00

Product Code: I2781


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Title: North American tapestry of time and terrain

Author: Kate E. Barton, David G. Howell, José F. Vigil
Year: 2003
Series: USGS Geologic Investigations Series I-2781
Format: wall poster, 56 x 44 inches, color
Scale: 1:8,000,000

The North America Tapestry of Time and Terrain (1:8,000,000 scale) is a product of the US Geological Survey in the I-map series (I-2781). This map was prepared in collaboration with the Geological Survey of Canada and the Mexican Consejo Recursos de Minerales.

This cartographic Tapestry is woven from a geologic map and a shaded relief image. This digital combination reveals the geologic history of North America through the interrelation of rock type, topography and time. Regional surface processes as well as continent-scale tectonic events are exposed in the three dimensions of space and the fourth dimension, geologic time. The large map shows the varying age of bedrock underlying North America, while four smaller maps show the distribution of four principal types of rock: sedimentary, volcanic, plutonic and metamorphic.

This map expands the original concept of the 2000 Tapestry of Time and Terrain, by José F. Vigil, Richard J. Pike and David G. Howell, which covered the conterminous United States. The U.S. Tapestry poster and website have been popular in classrooms, homes, and even the Google office building, and we anticipate the North America Tapestry will have a similarly wide appeal, and to a larger audience.

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Original Product Code: I2781