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04/2019 Notice of New Publications

Open-File Geologic Quadrangle Maps

The following quadrangles are now available as printed maps and PDF files for $20.00 each or as PDF files alone for $10.00 each. All are in color. Most are complete, but are still in draft form and may not include standardized colors, formation abbreviations, or symbols.

Bacon Gap 123-SE (2018)
Brazil 429-NE (2018)
Johnsonville 30-SW (1964)
Madisonville 131-SE (2018)
Winfield 337-SW (2018)

Tennessee Related Publications


This new addition to the Tennessee Geological Survey’s inventory is part of a series of books published by Mountain Press Publishing Company that deal with the roadside geology of individual states.

The author is Marcy B. Davis, who earned an MS degree in geology at the University of Texas in Austin in 2001, and currently works as a research scientist associate at the University of Texas Institute for Geophysics. She is also a prolific science writer with contributions to the Earth and Sky radio series. While researching her family history, she spent time in Tennessee and learned about the geology of the area. Marcy relied on the assistance of many people in writing this book, including a number of current or former Tennessee Geological Survey staff.

According to Davis, the book is organized at three levels. The introduction explains important geologic concepts that will impart to the reader a greater understanding and appreciation of earth science. It also contains an overview of Tennessee’s geologic history. The three subsequent chapters, divided according to Tennessee’s three Grand Divisions (East, Middle, and West Tennessee), explore Tennessee’s geology in more detail. Each chapter contains an introduction to the area that provides geologic context for the road guides. The road guides highlight interesting geologic and geographic features. Interstates are listed first, US highways next, and Tennessee state routes, along with parkways, scenic roads maintained by the National Park Service or by the state, and byways, federally or state-maintained scenic roads.

The book pays special attention to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, several notable state parks, national historic parks, state historic parks, and the Big South Fork National Recreation Area, as well as the larger cities of Chattanooga, Knoxville, Memphis, and Nashville.

State Geologist Ron Zurawski notes that “In addition to being lavishly illustrated in color, latitude and longitude coordinates, using the WGS84 datum, appear with many of the photographs, making the location where the photo was taken easy to find using geographic apps such as Google Maps.”
Our price for the publication is $18.00, plus postage and handling if purchased through the mail. The book has perfect binding, and has been assigned International Standard Book Number (ISBN) 9780878426911.

All of these publications may be purchased through the Tennessee Geological Survey’s maps and publications sales office on the 12th floor, William R. Snodgrass TN Tower, 312 Rosa L. Parks Ave., Nashville, TN 37243. To order by phone call (615) 532-1516 or fax (615) 532-0199. E-mail orders should be sent to For orders sent through the mail, please add postage and handling according to the following schedule: $5.00 for orders totaling $10.01 to $25.00, $10.00 for orders totaling $25.01 to $100.00, and $15.00 for orders totaling more than $100.00. Payment is required with the order request. All major credit cards are accepted.


Carolyn Patton

(615) 532-1516

This Page Last Updated: June 25, 2019 at 3:45 PM