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OneGeology is an international collaborative project in the field of geology supported by 83 countries, UNESCO and major global geoscience bodies. It is the International Year of Planet Earth flagship initiative that aims to enable online access to dynamic digital geological map of the world for everyone. The map uses the newly introduced GeoSciML markup language and targets to attain the scale of approximately 1:1 million. Uses could be to identify areas suitable for mining, oil and gas exploration or areas at risk from landslides or earthquakes, to help understanding of formations which store groundwater for drinking or irrigation, and to help locate porous rocks suitable for burying emissions of greenhouse gases. The map has been officially launched on August 6, 2008 at the 33rd International Geological Congress (IGC) in Oslo, Norway.


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