The South Carolina Geological Survey publishes a variety of documents on South Carolina's geology, including geologic maps and charts.

Recent Submissions

  • GEOLOGIC HAZARDS of the South Carolina Coastal Plain 2012 

    South Carolina Geological Survey; South Carolina Emergency Management Division (South Carolina State Library, 2012)
    This map has been designed as a planning tool for use by emergency managers for the response to and recovery from a hazardous geologic event, such as a large magnitude earthquake or a smaller occurrence such as a sinkhole ...
  • Generalized Geologic Map of South Carolina 2005 

    South Carolina Geological Survey; Nystrom, Paul E.; Maybin, Arthur H. (South Carolina State Library, 2005)
    This color map shows the geology of South Carolina, including coastal plain, triassic, Blue Ridge and Piedmont, intrusive igneous rocks, significant structural features and significant wave-cut scarps.
  • The rock cycle 

    South Carolina Geological Survey (South Carolina State Library, 2005)
    This diagram show how the different kinds of rocks (igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic) are formed.
  • Fold systems 

    South Carolina Geological Survey (South Carolina State Library, 2005)
    Anticlines and synclines can take on many different geometries. They can be either open tight, or isoclinal in shape. The tighter the folds, the more intense the stress (compression) that caused folding. Folds can also be ...
  • Fault systems 

    South Carolina Geological Survey (South Carolina State Library, 2005)
    Many geology terms come from mining. In mining, "hanging wall" tells you where the roof of the tunnel is, and "footwall" tells you where the floor of the tunnel is. In fault systems, these terms now mean top and bottom and ...
  • Fault systems 

    South Carolina Geological Survey (South Carolina State Library, 2005)
    This paper describes the different kinds of geologic faults: normal, reverse, strike-slip, and oblique.
  • Earthquake hazards of the South Carolina Coastal Plain 1996 

    South Carolina Geological Survey; Nystrom, Paul G. (South Carolina State Library, 2009)
    This map has been designed as a tool for use by emergency managers in planning for the response to and recovery from a major earthquake disaster. It also may be useful to land use planners and regulators as a generalized ...
  • Cenozoic stratigraphic column of the coastal plain of South Carolina, 1999 

    Willoughby, Ralph H.; South Carolina Geological Survey (South Carolina State Library, 1999)
    This is a geologic and physiographic index map and explanation of the Atlantic coastal plain of South Carolina.
  • Types of Volcanoes 

    South Carolina Geological Survey (South Carolina State Library, 2005)
    This sheet describes the four basic types of volcanoes: fissure volcano, cinder cones, composite volcanoes and shield volcanoes.
  • What causes earthquakes? 

    South Carolina Geological Survey (South Carolina State Library, 2005)
    This sheet explains how earthquakes occur.