1. n. [Geology]
A system of numerous Earth-orbiting satellites that can be used to determine the location (latitude, longitude and elevation) of a receiver or station on the Earth within about 2 m [6 ft]. Fixed receivers on Earth can be used to determine the relative motions of fault blocks and lithospheric plates. Hand-held receivers can be used for producing accurate geologic maps, acquiring navigation data for 3D seismic surveys, and positioning wells in the field.
Alternate Form: GPS
See: base map, geologic map, lithosphere, plate tectonics, seismic survey, topographic map