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Geographic Information on New York's Wells and Mines

Mineral Resources On-line Maps

The Division of Mineral Resources database includes more than 40,000 wells and 4,500 mines. DEC staff use GIS software and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) equipment to map the locations accurately. DEC's data management system supports on-line, interactive mapping of mines and regulated wells. To become familiar with this system, the user should review the Environmental Navigator Help Page and the specific information for our application. Return users can navigate directly to the Environmental Navigator for Minerals.

Displaying Well Location Data in Google™ earth

The locations of wells from the online searchable database can be easily displayed and organized using basic functionality of Google™ earth. Users who require a geographical display of location data for wells selected from the database may do so through the use of the 'Export KML' button located at the top and bottom of set of results. The resultant file is a native Google™ earth file (a .kml file) and can be opened either by double clicking on the file or opening the Google™ earth program and navigating to where the file is stored executing it from there.

KML Files can be manipulated and edited within Google™ earth for displaying your specific location data. Keyhole Markup Language or KML is an XML notation for expressing geographic annotation and visualization within Internet-based, two-dimensional maps and three-dimensional Earth browsers. KML was developed for use with Google Earth; however, KML files can also be manipulated in other GIS software.


  1. Structure your query and obtain the results, check that your query is representative of the wells you would like to display. NOTE: Your query should be structured so that the resultant data set is no larger than 2000 records. The application is configured to only display a maximum of 2000 points.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the results and click on 'Export KML'. This will initiate a download of the .kml file to your computer.
  3. Locate the file and double click it or open Google™ earth and navigate to the file.
  4. The hyperlinks contained in the output can be opened and will display in a new browser window.

This method of displaying geographical information is simple, effective, and requires little to no experience with more advanced GIS software. Please contact with any questions or assistance with obtaining data.

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