Saturday, June 20, 2015

AASG members go back country in Petrified Forest National Park to early Triassic excavation

The post-meeting field trip for the AASG 107th Annual Meeting held in Flagstaff, Arizona, went to Petrified Forest National Park and Meteor Crater last Thursday.

Park naturalist and paleontologist Adam Marsh led the 50+ participants on a back country hike to a Triassic 'dying ground' site that he and his team are currently excavating.   The dig area was literally covered with weathered-out bone fragments and teeth from a number of pre-dinosaur fauna as well lots of petrified wood. The prime excavation site was exposing more intact materials.   Despite the 96F temperature, we had a difficult time getting everyone to leave the stop and hike back to the bus.

The meeting was hosted by the Arizona Geological Survey.

AASG wraps up successful annual meeting in Flagstaff Arizona

The Association of American State Geologists (AASG) met in Flagstaff this past week for its 107th Annual Meeting.   Over 150 attendees participated from state geological surveys, federal counterparts, professional organizations, and industry.     We had a variety of technical sessions on geoscience topics including induced seismicity, mineral resources, ground collapse, sustainability of state surveys, groundwater, and data preservation.

USGS Acting Director Suzette Kimball laid out a proposal for expanded collaboration between USGS and State Geological Surveys on a number of priority areas around resources, hazards, mapping, and environmental topics. 

A field trip to Grand Canyon on Tuesday, provided opportunities to discuss land use management, geology in national parks, outreach and education, as well as giving the attendees an introduction to Arizona geology.  [Top, USGS geologist Ryan Crow describes the planning and building of the Trail of Time at Grand Canyon, to AASG field trip participants.]

Monday, June 15, 2015

State Geologists Annual Meeting underway in Flagstaff

The 107th Annual Meeting of the Association of American State Geologists gets formally underway today in Flagstaff, Arizona, with over 150 in attendance.  The pre-meeting field trip through the San Francisco volcanic field drew nearly 80 participants.   The meeting is hosted by the Arizona Geological Survey.

Participants will tour Grand Canyon National Park on Tuesday.   The meeting runs through Wednesday, June 17, followed by a post-meeting trip to Meteor Crater and Petrified Forest National Park.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

AASG's Mankin Award to Missouri Geological Survey

The winner of AASG’s 2015 Charles J. Mankin Memorial Award goes to the Missouri Geological Survey’s publication, The Paleozoic Succession in Missouri, Part 1(Revised) – Cambrian System; Justin G. Davis, Kevin R. Evans, Vincent E. Kurtz, James F. Miller, Patrick S. Mulvany, James R. Palmer, John F. Repetski, and Thomas L. Thompson, authors; Patrick S. Mulvany and Thomas J. Thompson, editors; Report of Investigations 70.

The Award is given each year to a nominated geological map, compilation, or report on regional, energy, or mineral resource geology published in one of the three preceding calendar years by a state geological survey. A shared $1,000 prize and a certificate to each author is presented at the AASG Mid-Year Meeting, to be held this November in Baltimore, MD. in concert with the Geological Society of America’s Annual Meeting.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Environmental geology award to Utah Geological Survey

This year’s winner of the John C. Frye Memorial Award in Environmental Geology is, “Investigation of Land Subsidence and Earth Fissures in Cedar Valley, Iron County, Utah,” Special Study 150, Utah Geological Survey, 2014, Tyler Knudsen, Paul Inkenbrandt, William Lund, Mike Lowe, and Steve Bowman, authors. 

This award is co-sponsored by the Geological Society of America and AASG for the best nominated publication in the field of environmental geology published by a state geological survey or by GSA during the past three years.  The Utah report was selected by a three-person panel from amongst nine excellent submittals.

The award will be presented during the GSA Annual Meeting, to be held in Baltimore, MD in November 1-4 of this year.  The award will be announced at the GSA Awards Ceremony, and the award itself will be presented at the AASG Mid-Year Meeting which runs in conjunction with the GSA meeting. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

AASG Distinguished Service Award to James Robertson of Wisconsin

It gives me great pleasure to announce on behalf of President Jon Arthur, that the recipient of the 2015 AASG Distinguished Service Award is our good friend and respected colleague, James M. Robertson, State Geologist of Wisconsin. [Photo credit, Univ. of Wisconsin]

In his 22 years as a member of AASG and State Geologist of Wisconsin, Jamie has made innumerable contributions to both his own State Survey as well as to the AASG organization.  Jamie has represented AASG to the AGI, GSA, and the NRC where he served on the Board of Earth Sciences and Resources, and has a long and successful association with the National Cooperative Geological Mapping Program.  Jamie has served as AASG Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, and President.

Jamie will be formally presented with this well-deserved award at the 2015 AASG Annual Business Meeting in Flagstaff, Arizona, June 17.  Please join me in thanking and congratulating our colleague on this achievement.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Registration deadline looming for AASG 2015 annual meeting

Early registration for the 2015 AASG Annual Meeting in Flagstaff, June 14-18, 2015, ends on May 15.   The room block at the Drury Inn & Suites closes on May 12, so make your reservation now even if you are not ready to register: 

We invite you to register early to take advantage of the discounted rates, at

Please feel free to forward the site to your colleagues and encourage them to join us in Flagstaff.  [right, geologic map of Grand Canyon]