The Southern Alberta NATMAP project completed its first field season in 1993. Its goal is to accelerate the mapping of the bedrock and surficial geology of thirteen 1:50 000 scale map-sheets from the International Boundary to the Turner Valley area, initially involving the Blairmore, Cardston, Maycroft and Waterton Lakes areas of southwestern Alberta. The project draws on the expertise of GSC, the Alberta Geological Survey and several universities. It is generating much interest in the petroleum industry because the major oil and gas production area has not been studied in such detail since 1950s. Several companies are providing access to their reflection seismic data and scientific expertise, both of which are essential in the construction of accurate cross-sections in the deformed terrain of the Rocky Mountain Foothills. The project will also gather information on mineral occurrences, potential aquifers and natural hazards. Results will be released as paper maps, reports and a GIS-based digital database. The Alberta Geological Survey as part of the NATMAP program undertakes spatial data compilation for the Langford (82J/1) map area. Data compiled includes bedrock geology, industrial and metallic minerals deposits, coal and coal bed methane (CBM) activities, environmental restrictions, and oil and gas activities. Minerals and aggregate resource information data is coming mainly from projects wholly or partly supported by the Canada � Alberta Mineral Development Agreement (MDA). All data are converted, stored and maintained as GIS datasets. Final map compilation consists of a 1:50 000 scale geological map and a series of 1:250 000 inset maps.

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