US Lithology

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The Lithology dataset provides classes of the general types of parent material of soil on the surface. It is not derived from any DEM.

The Conservation Science Partners (CSP) Ecologically Relevant Geomorphology (ERGo) Datasets, Landforms and Physiography contain detailed, multi-scale data on landforms and physiographic (aka land facet) patterns. Although there are many potential uses of these data, the original purpose for these data was to develop an ecologically relevant classification and map of landforms and physiographic classes that are suitable for climate adaptation planning. Because there is large uncertainty associated with future climate conditions and even more uncertainty around ecological responses, providing information about what is unlikely to change offers a strong foundation for managers to build robust climate adaptation plans. The quantification of these features of the landscape is sensitive to the resolution, so we provide the highest resolution possible given the extent and characteristics of a given index.


90 meters


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Lithology classes

b1 Class Table

Value Color Description
0 #356eff Water
1 #acb6da Carbonate
3 #d6b879 Non-carbonate
4 #313131 Alkaline intrusive
5 #eda800 Silicic residual
7 #616161 Extrusive volcanic
8 #d6d6d6 Colluvial sediment
9 #d0ddae Glacial till clay
10 #b8d279 Glacial till loam
11 #d5d378 Glacial till coarse
13 #141414 Glacial lake sediment fine
14 #6db155 Glacial outwash coarse
15 #9b6d55 Hydric
16 #feeec9 Eolian sediment coarse
17 #d6b879 Eolian sediment fine
18 #00b7ec Saline lake sediment
19 #ffda90 Alluvium and coastal sediment fine
20 #f8b28c Coastal sediment coarse

Terms of Use

Terms of Use



  • Theobald, D. M., Harrison-Atlas, D., Monahan, W. B., & Albano, C. M. (2015). Ecologically-relevant maps of landforms and physiographic diversity for climate adaptation planning. PloS one, 10(12), e0143619

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var dataset = ee.Image('CSP/ERGo/1_0/US/lithology');
var lithology ='b1');
var lithologyVis = {
  min: 0.0,
  max: 20.0,
  palette: [
    '356eff', 'acb6da', 'd6b879', '313131', 'eda800', '616161', 'd6d6d6',
    'd0ddae', 'b8d279', 'd5d378', '141414', '6db155', '9b6d55', 'feeec9',
    'd6b879', '00b7ec', 'ffda90', 'f8b28c'
Map.setCenter(-105.8636, 40.3439, 11);
Map.addLayer(lithology, lithologyVis, 'Lithology');
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