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County geologic maps going online

Arizona Geology Blog - Sun, 2015-04-05 13:03
In 1959 and 1960, our predecessor, The Arizona Bureau of Mines - University of Arizona, published the popular Arizona county geologic map series. Until now, these important maps were only available in printed form; we are going digital.

Over the next two weeks, we'll publish the entire series of county maps online, starting with the geologic map of Apache and Navajo counties. All maps will be available free at the AZGS online document repository. The map scale is 1:375,000 and the contour interval is 500 feet. [Right, Coconino County Geologic Map]

Follow our Facebook and twitter feeds for posts announcing the release of individual maps.
Released to date:
The entire suite will reside at the Arizona Geological Survey Map Series collection at our AZGS Online Document Repository.

Coming soon:
  • Gila County
  • Graham and Greenlee Counties
  • Maricopa County
  • Mohave County
  • Pima and Santa Cruz Counties
  • Pinal County
  • Yavapai County
  • Yuma County (La Paz County) 
[post modified from AZGS announcement]
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Museum transfer approved by legislature

Arizona Geology Blog - Thu, 2015-04-02 10:55
The Arizona Senate approved SB1200 this morning by a vote of 25-3 and transmitted it to the Governor.  The bill transfers the former mining and mineral museum from the Arizona Historical Society to AZGS to be re-opened as the "Mining, Mineral, and Natural Resources Education Museum."   It was closed in 2011 to be converted to the Arizona Experience centennial museum but the private funds were not forthcoming to finance it.   [Photo credit, http://www.miningmineralmuseum.com/]

The museum was formerly operated by the Arizona Dept. of Mines & Mineral Resources, which merged with AZGS in 2011.

The legislation also transfers the budget for the rent and a curator from AHS to AZGS.   AZGS will be responsible for finding additional funds for developing exhibits and education programs, setting up a gift shop to fund operations, hiring staff, and operations costs.


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NASA and industry partner to impact asteroid into Arizona to mine for rare earths

Arizona Geology Blog - Wed, 2015-04-01 10:02
NASA and a consortium of mining companies announced plans today to capture a metal-rich asteroid  as it passes by Earth, with the intent of sending it to Arizona, where it will be mined for rare earth elements.  Rare earth minerals are in increasing demand for technology applications including hybrid cars and cell phones, but China dominates the world market raising concerns about supply disruptions.NASA proposes sending a small rocket to asteroid Heise-2014 discovered by an amateur astronomer last year who is the world's wealthiest breeder of thoroughbred seahorses, that would nudge it out of orbit and towards lands controlled by the McCrory Asteroid Mineral Alliance (MAMA) west of Phoenix, Arizona.   A company spokesperson downplayed the chances that the asteroid would be significantly off target when it lands (or "impacts" as the news media says).    Company president  Art McCrory, issued a statement from at an undisclosed location on the Canadian shield, saying,  "A gazillion tons of rock and metal hurled towards Arizona at 25,000 miles per hour, what could go wrong?"   He closed by wishing us luck and asking that we let him know how it works out before retreating to his underground bunker with the former Miss Rhenium of 2006.
NASA noted that Meteor Crater, Arizona was formed by an impacting body without damaging property 50,000 years ago, so there should be no worries this time around either.   In fact, NASA and MAMA may sell tickets to view the landing from ringside seats.  Dark glasses will be provided to spectators.
That's the news this April 1, 2015.    [Happy April Fool's Day!]






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Springtime in the Sonoran desert

Arizona Geology Blog - Tue, 2015-03-31 21:00
Our back yard in the Tucson Mountains

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Museum transfer bill approved by House; back to Senate for final consideration

Arizona Geology Blog - Tue, 2015-03-31 17:20
SB1200, the bill to transfer the former mineral museum to AZGS to convert into a natural resources education center, passed the Arizona House today, on a vote of 58-2. It now goes back to the Senate for reconsideration because of the amendments added.  [right, diorama of an open pit mine from the former Mining & Mineral Museum]


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