NCGS Mission

The mission of the North Carolina Geological Survey (NCGS) is to provide unbiased and technically accurate applied earth science scientific information to address societal needs. This includes geologic maps, mineral resource and geochemical information, topographic maps and digital products, and earth science education initiatives.

The NCGS "...examines, surveys, and maps the geology, mineral resources, and topography of the state" and encourages the wise conservation and use of geologic resources by industry, commerce, agriculture and government agencies for the general welfare of the citizens of North Carolina. The NCGS has been central to the State's development and industrialization, the wise use of its abundant natural resources, and environmental education of North Carolina by providing natural resource information to its citizens and to industry since 1823. The key role of geology throughout our state's history is reflected from the NCGS' cabinet level role in the 1800's to the central role the NCGS plays in many of the high profile, societal issues challenging North Carolina today.


Staff Contacts

The NCGS provides information and services pertinent to:

Services include identification of rock and mineral samples submitted by citizens, and providing consulting services and specially prepared reports to agencies that need geological information. The NCGS enforces the state's oil and gas regulations (NCAC T15:05D.0000 to 0011), including exploration and production of oil or gas in state waters.

Main Office Location

The NCGS Map and Publication Sales Office and main NCGS offices are located on the 5th floor, Suite 527 in the Archdale Building in downtown Raleigh.

Geological Advisory Committee

This committee provides comments and recommendations on the mission, goals, objectives, and projects of the North Carolina Geological Survey, as presented by the State Geologist and staff members. 


National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program

Information about geologic mapping as part of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (STATEMAP Component) is summarized here.