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Geographic Names Information System

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The Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) is a database that conteens name an locative information aboot mair nor twa million pheesical an cultural featurs locatit throuoot the Unitit States an its territories. It is a teep o gazetteer. GNIS wis developit bi the United States Geological Survey in cooperation wi the United States Board on Geographic Names (BGN) tae promote the staundartisation o featur names.

The database is pairt o seestem that includes topographic map names an bibliographic references. The names o beuks an historic maps that confirm the featur or place name are citit. Variant names, alternatives tae offeecial federal names for a featur, are recordit an aw. Ilka featur receives a permanent, unique featur record identifeer, sometimes cried the GNIS identifeer.[1] The database niver remuives a entry, "except in cases o obvious duplication."[2]


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  1. "US Census County Based TIGER/Line® 2009 Data Dictionary: Entity, Joins, Attributes, and Domains". Archived frae the original on 27 Juin 2014. Retrieved 10 Mairch 2017. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)
  2. Cartographic Users Advisory Council (CUAC) (26–27 Apryle 2007). 2007 Agency Presentation Minutes. Reston, VA: US Geological Survey. Archived frae the original on 11 Januar 2014. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)

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