USGS First Complete Geologic Map of the Moon

The USGS has released the first unified geologic map of the moon.  This new work represents a seamless, globally consistent, 1:5,000,000-scale geologic map derived from the six digitally renovated geologic maps. The goal of this project was to create a digital resource for science research and analysis, future geologic mapping efforts, be it local-, regional-, or global-scale products, and as a resource for the educators and the public interested in lunar geology.  Click below to check it out!


Earn a Masters of Science in Geographic Information Science (MSGISci) @ CSULB

In these crazy times don’t stop thinking about your future. Geospatial is everywhere; especially prevalent in today’s news. Harness and hone geospatial skills and the power of the technology through a Master of Science in Geographic Information Science (MSGISci) at California State University Long Beach (CSULB).

Our MSGISci is a 1-year, 30-unit MS degree program. Classes are offered on weeknights and weekends to accommodate working professionals. Program details and application instructions can be found at The application deadline for both domestic and international applicants has been extended to June 1st.

Please visit Email questions to Program Director Dr. Suzanne Wechsler ( and/or Program Coordinator Stephanie Centeno (

Excel Not Working in ArcMap

Maybe you used to be able to open up Excel files in ArcCatalog and ArcMap, or maybe your new install will not open them.  You get this great message when you try to open Excel files:

Failed to connect to database. An underlying database error occurred. Class not registered


This happens when your IT group moves you to Microsoft Office 365 in the cloud, or you never had Microsoft Office on your computer.  ArcCatalog and ArcMap depend on certain Microsoft Office system drivers to be installed on your computer which allows you to open Excel files in your GIS.  Sure would be nice if the error message would tell you that!

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Earth Science Visual Storyteller Position at JPL

Do you have a passion for Earth Science and want to share it with the world through your creative storytelling? Are you a master storyteller who can simplify complex Earth science concepts and use visualization and related technology to provide a deeper understanding of Earth science processes and how it can benefit society?

JPL’s Earth Public Engagement Office has an opportunity for you to help recommend, demonstrate and procure emerging visualization technologies, both hardware and software, that can be incorporated into JPL’s Earth science visualization capabilities and ensure they remain on the leading edge of visual storytelling technology.

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