Tutorial: How to Use the Pennsylvania Mine Map Atlas

Section 4: Connecting to Phummis

PHUMMIS is the Pennsylvania Historic Underground Mine Map Inventory System. This database, which is hosted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection contains information relevant to past and present underground mining within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including, but not limited to, maps, indices, locations of mines, and other pertinent data contained in various collections held or obtained by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protectionís (Department) Office of Active and Abandoned Mine Operations. PHUMMIS and the Pennsylvania Mine Map Atlas are integrated to allow users to access both the mine maps and information from the PHUMMIS database.

Connecting to PHUMMIS from the PA Mine Map Atlas

Once you have found the mine map you want more information for, you can easily connect to the PHUMMIS database from the PA Mine Map Atlas. To do so, simply click on the words Map Details in the Mine Maps Found results box.

This will take you to your first PHUMMIS screen that shows you the Mine Name, Company Name, Sheet Name, Local Sheet ID, and Map Type.

To see more information about this mine, click on the View Details button on the left of the screen. Once you click on this, you will be asked to read a disclaimer and click I Agree before you can continue to View Details.

After you have read and agreed to the disclaimer and clicked View Details, you will then be sent to a screen that contains links to information about the mine map. NOTE: You will see a notice stating that you have Read Only Access. PHUMMIS is used for many functions including inputting data. Only those users who are scanning and entering data about the maps have write access to the system. As you navigate through PHUMMIS you will notice several functions that are related to those with write access and information about the map scanning process.

The information included in the description include: Mines, General, Location, Geology, Source, Physical, Scanning, and Map Processing.

By clicking on Mines you will see information about mines related to the map. By clicking on General you will find general information about the mine. By clicking on Location you will find the USGS quadrangles, municipality, and county information related to the mine. Geology provides you with information on resources mined, coal fields, and related coal seams. Source, Physical, and Map Processing are all functions related to the map scanning process and the original maps.

Downloading and Viewing the Mine Maps via PHUMMIS

You may download the digital mine maps that are available through the PA Mine Map Atlas via the PHUMMIS interface. You may also start your initial search through PHUMMIS. The PHUMMIS search interface allows users to search for mine maps using very specific criteria (SEE EXAMPLE BELOW).

To download the mine maps once you are in the View Details section, click on Scanning and you will see the option to download specific mine maps in either TIFF or Mr. Sid format. NOTE: Not all mine maps are currently available for downloading. New maps are added every month to the PA Mine Map Atlas and PHUMMIS. If the map you are looking for is unavailable, you will be prompted to contact the DEP.

If the map you are interested in is available, you will be prompted to save it after clicking on either Tiff or Mr. Sid.

To view the map you are interested in via the PA Mine Map Atlas, click on Map Link in the upper right hand corner of the View Details screen. This will take you directly to the map so you can view it online via the PA Mine Map Atlas. NOTE: Please be sure that you do not have Pop Up Blockers on. The link to the PA Mine Map Atlas opens a new window.



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