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)
June 2, 2016 – We remember our friend and colleague
Tom Montgomery Wootton who passed away on May 31, 2016.
February 29, 2016 – March 20-26, 2016 is Tsunami Preparedness Week. Information for emergency managers, educators, and the public is available on CGS's Tsunami
information site. There's also a
new poster on the effects of the March 11, 2011 Tohoku Tsunami.
January 26, 2016 – We remember our friend and colleague
Earl William Hart who passed away in early January.
January 21, 2016 – The California Landslide Inventory has been updated to include new geographic areas and many smaller landslides.
December 18, 2015 – The
Index to California Mines in the Mining and Scientific Press is now available online. This index provides access to records of historic mine activity (1860-1922) in California.
December 7, 2015 – The
Beta version of the California Landslide Inventory is now publicly available. For more information on landslides and landslide mapping please visit our
(expanded list of recent releases)
July 14, 2016 - CGS Special Report: 232: Radon Potential in Orange County, California. CGS has completed a radon potential study and report for Orange County, California. A release statement, the report, a radon potential map, and GIS data are available for download.
July 14, 2016 - Interactive Radon Map of California. CGS has released an interactive web map providing radon potential information for areas of California with completed radon potential maps. Click here to go to the map. Downloadable GIS data for each study area can now be downloaded through the interactive map.
July 12, 2016 - Five Preliminary Geologic Maps Released. CGS has completed new geologic mapping for four 7.5 minute quadrangles and compilation of a new geologic map of a 30x60 minute quadrangle. The new maps of the Cayucos, Frazier Mountain, Irish Hill, and Morro Bay North 7.5 minute quadrangles and the Pt. Sur 30x60 minute quadrangle are now available for
download from the preliminary geologic maps page.
June 10, 2016 - Seven New and Revised Official Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zone Maps Released. Areas covered include parts of El Dorado and San Bernardino counties.
Click here to view or download the Official Maps.
January 29, 2016 - CGS Special Report 241: Maritime Tsunami Response Playbooks: Background Information and Guidance for Response and Hazard Mitigation Use is now available for