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Mineral museum comes to AZGS, AZGS goes to UA

The Arizona State Senate last night approved SB1530, the Agency Consolidation bill, with significant floor amendments. The bill is going to the House today for their consideration where it is expected to pass easily, then on to the Governor...Show More Summary

Rocks and views of Fairmont Ridge

Fairmont Ridge is the grassy upland that forms the backdrop to San Leandro. As it happens, East Bay Regional Park District owns much of it as part of Lake Chabot Regional Park. It has some rocks, which I’ll show first, and also some fine views. Here’s the aerial view of the ridge from Google. And […]

There's No Place Like This: Celebrating 100 Years of America's Best Idea

"There's no place like this".It's something that you hear once in awhile in a crowd of people seeing Yosemite Falls for the first time. You'll hear it from people seeing a geyser explode from the ground in Yellowstone, or gaping at the vast expanse of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Show More Summary

Rock Will Not Be Contained: Problems at the Ferguson Slide near Yosemite

The Ferguson Slide today, April 30, 2016 I thought of an Ian Malcom quote from Jurassic Park (1983) today: "If there is one thing the history of evolution has taught us it's that life will not be contained. Life breaks free, it expands to new territories and crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously, but, uh... Show More Summary

George Lucas Had It Wrong. A Day of Fierce Pride at MJC

No, I'm not talking about the prequels to Star Wars! It was something much earlier. People could be forgiven for not knowing this, but Star Wars was not George Lucas's first successful film. He was known for another great movie, American Graffiti, a semi-autobiographical film that recalled his days as a young man in Modesto, California. Show More Summary

Talking about earthquakes and landslides with "Rosie on the House" this Saturday, April 30

I'm scheduled to be on the syndicated radio show "Rosie on the House" with host Rosie Romero, tomorrow morning, April 30, starting at about 7:10 a.m., to talk about the recent swarms of earthquakes in Arizona, and the AZGS project to identify all the landslides in the state. Show More Summary

Senate debate on Arizona geologist de-licensing bill set for today

Today, the Committee of the Whole in the state Senate discusses and votes on HB 2613, which eliminates licensing of geologists and other professions. The hearing will be webcast live at http://azleg.granicus.com/Mediaplayer.php?publish_id=2 The hearing is expected to start between 1:00 and 1:30pm today, with HB2613 first on the agenda. Show More Summary

Damned Fool California Farmers Bringing on a New Dust Bowl

The video is very short, but in eight seconds it shows the stupidity of bad agricultural practices in Central California, practices that have led to disaster in the past, and maybe into our immediate future as well. Muddy runoff from an almond orchard east of Modesto. Show More Summary

Bill to transfer AZGS is being heard in the Senate today

The Senate Appropriations Committee is meeting now to hear the dozen or so budget bills, including SB1530, Agency Consolidation, which transfers the duties of the Arizona Geological Survey to the University of Arizona. The hearing is...Show More Summary

Bill filed to transfer AZGS to University of Arizona

The bill was filed today to transfer the duties of AZGS to the University of Arizona. Senate Bill B1530 includes a number of other agency consolidations.AZGS statutes stay largely the same, except for an opening statement that the agency...Show More Summary

Budget bill transfers AZGS duties to University of Arizona

The budget bill negotiated between Governor Ducey and Legislative leaders leaves intact the Governor's original proposal to zero out funding for the Arizona Geological Survey as of June 30, and transfer the agency duties to the University...Show More Summary

Death Valley Trip, Getting There: Coaldale, Black Rock, Lone Mountain, and the Boss Mine

Onward! Onward! How far will we get this time? Coaldale, as seen in August, 2010. With Boundary Peak still in view, MOH and I rounded the corner at Coaldale Junction, and pulled in briefly at Coaldale. This particular ghost town, which...Show More Summary

What's Your Favorite Stereotype of a Desert? The 2% Answer? The Dunes at Death Valley

Think of the word "desert". What''s the first picture that pops into your mind? Is it Saguaro Cacti, like an old western? Is it cliffs and spires like other old westerns? Is it a painted desert, like an old Disney movie or a Roadrunner cartoon? Or is it an endless sea of sand? At different times, I've had all those stereotypes established in my head. Show More Summary

A circumambulation of Claremont Canyon

A few weeks ago I took a strenuous ramble to accomplish a small thing — returning a stone to its home. The journey took me through some beautiful and interesting country, and the whole thing was the point. The blue line of my route started from its farthest western point, where the 49 bus dropped […]

Quake swarm continues in northwest Arizona

The earthquake swarm continues in northwest Arizona near the Nevada border. There were more than a dozen events during the past week, with the largest being a magnitude 2.7 yesterday (Sunday) just after noon. A magnitude 1.9 event just one minute later. Show More Summary

Traversing Dark Canyons Where the Mountains are Upside-down: Titus Canyon Road, Death Valley

This is lonely country. There are no outposts of civilization, no phone service, and a single thin gravel road winds through the complex of canyon narrows. This is the kind of country where canyons and peaks get named for the people who disappeared there, rather than for their discoveries. Show More Summary

Earthquake swarm in NW Arizona up to 42 events, largest is magnitude 3.7

AZGS put out a news release today on the earthquake swarm in northwest Arizona that reported 42 earthquakes have been detected since March 28. That was out of date very quickly. There was another event just before midnight on the 18th (ML=1.3) and a ML=2.3 just after noon today. Show More Summary

The River Lives Again...Flows Increased on the Lower Tuolumne

I took a stroll on the Tuolumne River Parkway trail for the first time in several weeks, and something was strange. I heard the river. One needs to understand just how strange that really is. For the last four years, we've been in a grips of a horrific drought (and still are for that matter). Show More Summary

Earthquake mitigation at Oakland City Center

Today is San Francisco Earthquake Day. Just before dawn on this day in 1906, at 5:13 local time (meaning 6:13 daylight time), a rip in the crust off Ocean Beach started tearing its way north and south along the San Andreas fault, setting in motion one of California’s greatest defining events. At the Oakland City […]

The Rim of Fire and the "Impending" Mega-Earthquakes: Look past the inflammatory headlines

Every few years (or months) there is a flurry of activity, and everyone gets hot and bothered and worried that the world is about to come apart. There's concern, even panic, and then things settle down a bit and the subject gets forgotten...Show More Summary

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