Blog Profile / Arizona Geology

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Revisiting the 2006 debris flow of Santa Catalina Mountains

Bouldery debris flow levee, Santa Catalina Mtns. Historic rainfall precipitates 100s of debris flows | For five days in late July 2006, the mountains of southern Arizona received unusually heavy rainfall. A final burst of precipitation on the morning of 31 July produced over 400 hillslope failures in the Santa Catalina Mountains of Pima County (Fig. Show More Summary

Zn-Pb-Ag Mining Prospect in Patagonia Mtns, AZ: Ramping up!

Drilling at Taylor Deep. (Courtesy of Arizona Mining) According to a story in the Northern Miner, Arizona Mining is planning for substantial Zn production, ~ 9,100 tonnes ore/day, as early as 2020. Pending permitting. The Taylor Deep...Show More Summary

Update: Arizona Reservoir Volume Status Spring 2017

As we head into summer here is a quick look at the state of Arizona's reservoirs at the end of February 2017. It was a good winter for recharge and the smaller reservoirs are faring well. Not so much, the Colorado River's Lake Mead and Powell. Reservoir data courtesy of CLIMAS - Climate Assessment for the Southwest. Posted 5/15/2017

Trump Exe. Order could impact four AZ National Monuments

On 26 April 2017, President Trump signed an executive order requiring the Department of the Interior to review national monuments comprising more than 100,000 acres and created since 1996. This review involves 20 national monuments. Physiographic features of Vermilion Cliffs Natl. Show More Summary

AZGS Stakeholders: Arizona Geological Survey state-allocated funding of $941,000 reinstated

6 May 2017Dear Supporters and Colleagues: On 5 May, 2017, Gov. Ducey signed the FY 2018 budget bill passed the previous day by the Senate and the House. This bill includes funding of $941,000 for AZGS, so as of 1 July we will once again receive state-allocated funds to perform our duties as detailed in state statute. Show More Summary

Gov. Ducey signs bill transferring the former AZ Mining & Mineral Museum to Univ. of Arizona

Polly Rosenbaum Bldg. Phoenix From May 2011 through Aug. 2016, assets of the AMMM were managed by the Arizona Historical Society. The collection’s ~ 22,000 mineral specimens will remain in storage at the Historical Society’s Heritage Center in Tempe until the University of Arizona is ready to receive them. Show More Summary

AZGS @ National Earthquake Program Managers Annual Meeting in Oklahoma City - 25-27 Apr. 2017

NEHRP Logo Each year, earthquake experts from ~ 30 U.S. States meet for three days to commiserate – and brainstorm - on the challenges of mitigating the impacts from earthquakes on people and property. FEMA (Fed. Emergency Management Agency) hosts the meeting as a part of the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program (NEHRP). Show More Summary

'Be it Proclaimed' - Salute to Dr. Mary Poulton (Univ AZ)

Sen. McCain aide (l) reading letter thanking Mary Poulton (r). At today's Arizona Mining Alliance luncheon, Dr. Mary Poulton, Professor, University of Arizona, was honored for her long service to America's mining industry and to her students and colleagues at the University of Arizona. Show More Summary

Managing the Colorado River | 27 April

Interested in the fate of the Colorado River in a period of overallocation, drought and climate change? Come join the discussion next Thursday, 27 April at 4:00 p.m. on the campus of the Univ. of Arizona: Environment and Natural Resources 2, Room S107, Tucson, AZ.

Arizona House Rules Committee Passes SB1415

Today, the Arizona House Rules Committee passed SB1415. SB1415 transfers the Polly Rosenbaum Building and the former mineral and mining artifact collections to the Univ. of Arizona. I gather this was a pro forma meeting before the Rules Committee as it ended less than 10 minutes after it began. Show More Summary

Geoscience and Arizona - coming soon from AGI

Front page of 2-p Factsheet The American Geosciences Institute in Washington D.C. is pioneering a nationwide program going state-by-state to examine the geoscience resources, funding, and research environment in each state. New Mexico was the latest beneficiary; Geoscience and New Mexico released just the other day. Show More Summary

AGI – State Responses to induced Seismicity: The Webinar

Today, the American Geosciences Institute and a number of sponsors (AASG, USGS, AAPG, AEG …), broadcast a 60-minute webinar spotlighting the state response to induced seismicity in OK, TX and OH; states that have seen dramatic increases in seismicity over the past decade. Show More Summary

3-years after Oso Landslide: US Senate & House introduce National Landslide Preparedness Bill

Washington National Guard at Oso on 26 March 2014 The Oso Landslide of March 2014 killed 43 people, destroyed 49 homes, caused millions of dollars in damage, and dammed the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River. When a second fatal landslide...Show More Summary

Lee Allison honored by Arizona Senate

M. Lee Allison Today, 12 April 2017, Sen. Gail Griffin read before the Arizona Senate a 'Death Resolution' honoring Lee Allison, former director of AZGS and Arizona State Geologist, for his service to Arizona. Lee joined AZGS in 2006 and remained there till his untimely death on 16 Aug. Show More Summary

DroughtView - A tool for scientists, ranchers & land managers

Twenty years of drought in the Southwestern US has resulted in mega-forest fires and depleted reservoirs, and challenged decision makers to find new approaches to managing a growing population facing a dwindling water supply. And then...Show More Summary

Watching the sand flow

For the past several years, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) has hosted the AGU Cinema program at their annual Fall meeting in San Francisco. They posted some of 2016's best entries online. The one that caught my eye was the 4-minute, " Drift: Measuring the Movement of Sand Dunes", produced by Josh Silberg and the Hakai Institute. Show More Summary

Bingham Canyon Mine Landslide - 4-years later

On 10 April 2013, Kennecott's Bingham Canyon copper mine situated in the Oquirrh Mountains of Utah, experienced collapse of one wall of the open pit mine. In EarthSky's EARTH, Deanna Conners provides a short overview in, 'Today in science: Bingham Canyon landslide'. Show More Summary

Helping Desert Communities Find Hidden Water

'Helping Desert Communities Find Hidden Water' is an excellent vignette of the Santa Cruz River valley by the US Geological Survey. Among the illustrations is a video profiling USGS' 3D geologic model. The animation shows the distribution of shallow and deep aquifers and the contact between between basin sediment and bedrock. Show More Summary

AZGS funding bill (SB1184) comes before AZ House Appropriations Committee - 15 March

Phil Pearthree examining columnar basalt, Verde River headwaters. Tucson. Senate Bill 1184 (SB1184), introduced by Senator Gail Griffin, would provide a state appropriation to fund the AZGS at the same level we were funded as a separate state agency. Show More Summary

LARA Committee passes AZGS' funding bill (SB1184 ) 7-0

Sen. Gail Griffin testifying before LARA The Arizona House Land, Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee passed SB 1184, AZGS' funding bill, 7-0 this morning. Senator Griffin introduced and defended the bill. Arizona Rock Products Association's executive director, Steve Trussell, was on hand to voice his support. Show More Summary

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