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3/31/1992--Passed Senate amended. National Geologic Mapping Act of 1992 - Establishes in the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program. Sets forth program objectives. Requires that the program include Federal, support, State, and education geologic mapping components. Sets forth objectives for each component, including the support component contributing to national paleontologic, geochronologic, geophysical-map, and geochemical-map data bases. Establishes an advisory committee. Mandates preparation of an implementation plan for the program covering specified matters. Establishes a national geologic-map data base to be a national archive that includes all maps and data bases developed under this Act. Declares that geologic maps contributed to the national archives should be standardized so that information can be assimilated, exchanged, and compared efficiently and accurately. Authorizes appropriations for each component. Designates: (1) the Geological Survey established by specified Federal law as the United States Geological Survey; and (2) the Bureau of Mines established by specified Federal law as the United States Bureau of Mines.