Materials used in these lesson plans can be obtained from the Department of Conservation of Natural Resources (DCNR), Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey (Pennsylvania Geological Survey - PaGS):

  • Digital Shaded-Relief Map of Pennsylvania
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Land Cover Map
  • Surficial Materials of Pennsylvania (Map 64)
  • Distribution of Pennsylvania Coals (Map 11)
  • Physiographic Provinces of Pennsylvania (Map 13)
  • Oil and Gas Fields of Pennsylvania (Map 10)
  • Coal in Pennsylvania (Educational Series 7)

Can be downloaded from the PaGS web site from the Publications page.

All materials listed above are free of charge from the Pennsylvania Geological Survey (717–702–2073).  However, please read the lesson plans before requesting materials. 

Other maps and geologic information resources:

  • Request a transportation map from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
  • Geologic Map of Pennsylvania (Map 1), 1980, Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey, available for a charge at the State Book Store, Commonwealth Keystone Building, 400 North Street, Harrisburg, PA  17129-0053 (phone: 717–787–5109). This is a very large, beautiful map that can be used instead of Map 64, Surficial Materials of Pennsylvania.
  • The Geology of Pennsylvania (edited by Charles H. Shultz), 1999, Special Publication 1, Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey, 888 pages.  Can also be purchased at the State Book Store.
  • Maps of tectonic plates at various times:
  • Late carboniferous climate map showing Pennsylvania with a tropical climate:   These maps can be printed in color and made into color overhead transparencies.
  • This Dynamic Earth by Jaquelyne Kious and Robert I. Tilling (ISBN 0-16-048220-8).  This book will provide teachers and students with background information.  It is for sale for $7.00 from:

U.S. Government Printing Office
Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop SSOP
Washington, DC 20402-9328

It can be ordered directly from the U.S. Geological Survey by calling toll-free, 1–888–ASK–USGS, their web site, or write to:

USGS Information Services
Box 25286, Building 810
Denver Federal Center
Denver, CO 80225
303–202–4700; Fax 303–202–4693

The USGS also has information on plate tectonics.