Geological research site in the MacKenzie Mountains, Northwest Territories, Canada.
Photo by Bruce S. Lieberman, University of Kansas, via the National Science Foundation Multimedia Gallery
Read the news story on the initiative from BBC News.
The world's geologists are to bring together all their maps, producing the first truly global resource on rocks. The effort calls on scientists from more than 55 nations. Organizers hope that the website will be able to display searchable rock data for the entire Earth down to the scale of 1:1,000,000. The project, which has the backing of Unesco and five other global umbrella bodies, will be a centerpiece of the International Year of Planet Earth in 2008.
Check out the OneGeology Project website.