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  • Title: Geologic Map of Texas
  • Author: George W. Stose
  • Date: 1937
  • Medium: Chromolithograph
  • Condition: Dissected and laid to cartographic linen on two sheets. Mild age toning, waviness to some sections along the lower half, separations to linen not affecting image. A few sections releasing from linen backing. An exceptional, untouched example.
  • Inches: 82 x 108 [Paper]
  • Centimeters: 208.28 x 274.32 [Paper]
  • Product ID: 317043

Geologic Map of Texas | Edited by George Stose, 1937 | Base Compiled by A.F. Hassan, 1922; revised 1930

Compiled between the years 1924 and 1935, in cooperation with the Bureau of Economic Geology of the University of Texas, the geologists of Texas, and the oil companies of Texas, from all available published material and from unpublished data furnished by geologists of the United States Geological Survey, the Bureau of Economic Geology of the State of Texas, and oil companies and by consulting geologists.

Monumental Size, Epic Rarity – USGS/University of Texas Geological Wall Map

This map represents a pre-war high point in the cooperative effort between the Bureau of Economic Geology of the University of Texas at Austin and the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Its size, the undertaking required to complete it, and its economic value represent one of the most epic contributions the University of Texas and its partners have made to the state of Texas. This gigantic map identifies the entire spectrum of geologic occurrence in the state, of the utmost importance to the people and economy of Texas.

The Bureau of Economic Geology is the oldest research unit at The University of Texas at Austin, established in 1909. The Bureau is the State Geological Survey of Texas and has been an integral part of the development of the state’s economic success through the years. The Bureau is very active today, conducting integrated geoscience research on relevant energy, environmental, and economic issues. Bureau researchers spearhead basic and applied research projects globally in energy resources and economics, coastal and environmental studies, land resources and use, geologic and mineral mapping, hydrogeology, geochemistry, and subsurface nanotechnology.

Created by Congress on March 3, 1879, the USGS was originally dedicated to exploring the geology and mineral potential of western lands. The USGS revolutionized surveying. Before the USGS was formed, most mapping in the United States was done by military expeditions and several independent government surveys. Upon its creation, the USGS established a comprehensive approach to surveying and worked to classify public lands -- examining their geological structure, mineral resources and products. This scientific appraisal of land potential and mineral resources changed the way government approached surveying and encouraged conservation, economic expansion and more efficient development across the nation.

The USGS has been making topographic maps of Texas since the 1880s. The early maps show roads, towns and settlements, and political boundaries, though the physical features are only generalized. Advances in the field of geology enabled scientists to determine the nature of the rocks and minerals that make up the earth to specify how they were formed and to identify coal, oil, and gas resources as well as to assess their potential for development. This map represents that modern effort, identifying in detail 102 geologic features representing mineral composition, rock structure, mineral resources, and geologic history across the Texas landscape. Beautifully rendered and massively impressive, truly a sight to behold.

Rarity: Although the map is held at a number of institutions, occurrence on the market is exceedingly rare. We are aware of only one other example ever offered privately.