Welcome to the California Geological Survey
In April 1860 the California Legislature established the
Geological Survey of California that has evolved during its 150 years of service, and several name changes, into today’s modern
California Geological Survey (CGS). Of course, the earliest
history of CGS has its founding roots entwined with the
discovery of gold in 1848.
CGS is dedicated to the fulfillment of its
mission to provide scientific products and services about the state's geology, seismology and mineral resources that affect the health, safety, and business interests of the people of California.
CGS geoscientists, engineers and support staff take great pride in upholding the heritage of an organization that has a 150 year legacy of providing the highest quality of scientific and engineering products and services to the State of California.
Altiora Petimus (1860)
News & Events
(archived news and events)
April 19, 2017 – The GeoGems--Geologic Gems of the California State Parks-- interactive web map is live and available to everyone.
GeoGems Web Map
October 20, 2016 – Join 10+ million Californians who will
Drop, Cover, and Hold On in The 2016 Great California ShakeOut! Learn more about earthquake safety and preparedness by clicking
October 9-15, 2016 – Earth Science Week. Learn about Earth Science Week by clicking
October 6, 2016 - California Strong Motion Instrumentation Program (CSMIP) will hold the SMIP16 Seminar at the University of California, Irvine on Thursday, October 6, 2016. The Seminar Program and Registration Form are available at the
SMIP16 Seminar website.
August 30, 2016 – We remember our friend and colleague
Jeffery Owen Tambert who passed away on July 16, 2016.
August 25, 2016 - CGS sadly recognizes the recent passing of Dr. M. Lee Allison, State Geologist and Director of the Arizona Geological Survey. Click
here for the Arizona Geological Society tribute to Dr. Allison.
(expanded list of recent releases)
April 13, 2017 – Updated Map Products for Alquist-Priolo Fault and Seismic Hazards Mapping Zones. The CGS Seismic Hazards Program is pleased to announce a complete revamping of all regulatory earthquake hazard zone GIS files available through the CGS Information Warehouse. A significant upgrade also has been made to PDF versions of zone maps – Alquist-Priolo fault rupture hazard zones have been combined with liquefaction and earthquake-triggered landslide zones in 7.5-minute quadrangles where multiple zone types exist.
March 22, 2017 - The 2017 CGS Calendar which focuses on volcanoes and has photography by Mike Fuller and layout by Anita Carney is available for download.
- February 1, 2017 - Geological Gems of California State Parks (SR 230) can be purchased from the
CGS library. The hardcopy book includes two plates folded in a back cover pocket and costs $60.00. The two plates can be purchased separately as rolled posters and are available for $10.00 each ($20.00 for both). Free downloads of the
plates are also available. An interactive web map is available in the
GeoGems web map
January 26, 2017 - CGS Map Sheet 48: Earthquake Shaking Potential for California. CGS has updated the earthquake shaking potential map for California. A
Map Sheet 48, and
GIS data are available for download.
December 15, 2016 -Three revised Preliminary Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zone maps released. Areas covered are within Los Angeles County and affect the cities of Arcadia, Los Angeles, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Marino, and South Pasadena. Click here for release statement.
Click here to view or download the proposed revised maps and their associated Fault Evaluation reports.