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National Monument bill aimed at preventing mining in northern Arizona

Arizona Geology Blog - Wed, 2015-10-14 14:37
 Tucson congressman Raul Grijalva introduced legislation to put 1.7 million acres in northern Arizona off limit to mineral exploration and mining by creating the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument.  [Right, credit, Grand Canyon Wildlands Council]

In a news interview, Rep. Grijalva admitted the bill has no chance of passage in the House and likely won't even get a hearing but he hopes President Obama will intervene and use the Antiquities Act to declare a national monument without requiring congressional approval.

The land proposal had previously been called the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument.

Northern Arizona hosts a huge uranium resource, mostly in breccia pipe deposits.   A recent study by AZGS found that the number of breccia pipes and consequent  uranium resources are likely to be at least 10 times greater than previous studies.

A report released last week by the US Dept. of Energy's Energy Information Administration revealed that US nuclear energy producers doubled the amount of uranium they bought from Kazahkstan last year, while US sources dropped dramatically.

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Seismic hazards of Santa Rita fault in southeast Arizona

Arizona Geology Blog - Wed, 2015-10-14 14:07
Dr. Phil Pearthree and Dr. Mike Conway at AZGS describe the Santa Rita Fault below the western flank of the Santa Rita Mountains, south of Tucson, Arizona in this short documentary film posted on YouTube. This active fault system is capable of producing a magnitude 6.5 earthquake.

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Duck, cover, and hold on during Great Arizona Shakeout

Arizona Geology Blog - Wed, 2015-10-14 13:58

The Great Arizona ShakeOut ‘Drop, cover, and hold on’ exercise is scheduled for this Thursday, October 15 at 10:15 a.m. 

Get your families and co-workers to take a minute to find the spot where you will duck, cover, and hold on in the event of a damaging earthquake.   More than 74,000 Arizonans have formally signed up and many more will participate.

Over 41 million people are participating worldwide in the safety exercise.

The Arizona Geological Survey along with along with the Arizona Dept. of Emergency and Military Affairs and and the County Emergency Managers are organizing the annual event in Arizona.
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Adding sample data to Gold King Mine spill map

Arizona Geology Blog - Mon, 2015-10-12 14:22
The USGS is making data available for sample locations and sampling parameters from the EPA Gold King Mine spill.  We are adding it to the GKM spill sample map we create. They will be releasing the water chemistry data shortly at their own dedicated GKM spill site, or it can be harvested from the  NWIS web site.

The USGS is building out a web feature and they would be delighted for feedback. It is unclear when they will go public. It in expected to be a very robust site with historic data, interactive map, remote sensing data – satellite and airborne, and more.  They are very interested in stakeholder response to this approach.

We have also received a request from the National Park Service to add biological sample data to the AZGS site so we are contacting the appropriate agencies.

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ASU Earth & Space Exploration Day

Arizona Geology Blog - Mon, 2015-10-12 13:45

- Earth & Space Exploration Day -

November 7, 2015

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
ISTB 4 ASU Tempe Campus ese-day
LEARN MORE! Join us for special science-related activities for students age five and up, families, educators and anyone interested in exploring Earth and space alongside real scientists. Explore ISTB 4's Gallery of Scientific Exploration with its variety of interactive exhibits and enjoy a 3-D astronomy show in the Marston Exploration Theater. Visitors can also see a replica of Curiosity rover, explore Tempe Butte on a guided field trip, pan for gold, dig for meteorites, bring rock samples for Dr. Rock to examine and so much more!
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Field trip guide posted online: "Geologic Diversity of Arizona and its Margins"

Arizona Geology Blog - Mon, 2015-10-12 13:45
AZGS has posted a geologic classic online for free viewing and downloading.    Special Paper #5, "Geologic Diversity of Arizona and its Margins: Excursions to Choice Areas," was published in 1987 as part of 100th annual meeting of the Geological Society of America which was held in Phoenix.  As part of the online release, we are marking down printed copies from $20 to $10 in our store, "Arizona Experience."

"The occasion presented an opportunity for the organizing committee to provide, through 34 field trips, a comprehensive expose of the geology of Arizona. Thirty-three of the field guides to these trips are included herein. Field-trip plans were made with two chief goals in mind: to provide to participants a sense of the discovery and momentum that attend geologic research and exploration in the Southwest during this, the close of the first century of GSA; and to underscore the quality of geologic exposures and the natural aesthetic appeal of the Southwest in general and Arizona in particular. It seemed very appropriate that the 100th meeting of GSA be held in the Grand canyon State"
CITATION: Davis, G.H. and VandenDolder, E.M., 1987, Geologic Diversity of Arizona and its Margins: Excursions to Choice Areas. Field-Trip Guidebook, Geological Society of America, Arizona Bureau of Mineral Technology, Special Paper 5, 422 p.

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State General Counsel Bret Parke Named ADEQ Deputy Director

Arizona Geology Blog - Fri, 2015-10-09 15:25

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality announced today the appointment of Bret Parke, currently General Counsel for the state’s Department of Administration, as the agency’s deputy director. In his new capacity, Mr. Parke will serve as chief of staff to ADEQ Director Misael Cabrera and oversee the agency’s operations, including its budget and administrative support functions.
The appointment, effective Oct. 26, 2015, marks a return to ADEQ for Mr. Parke, who began his legal career as a staff attorney for the agency before eventually becoming its Administrative Counsel in 2010. He held that post until April 2012 when he was named ADOA General Counsel, where he provided legal advice on the state’s myriad administrative practices – everything from procurement and risk management to government accounting and finance, state facilities construction, IT security, and employment and personnel services. As General Counsel, Mr. Parke also chaired the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council, which oversees and approves adoption of state agency rules.
As Administrative Counsel at ADEQ, Mr. Parke served as the top legal advisor to the agency director. He also chaired five internal committees, managed ADEQ’s Strategic Enforcement Unit and was the agency’s representative on the Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee.
About ADEQEstablished by the Arizona Legislature under the Environmental Quality Act of 1986, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is the state agency responsible for protecting and enhancing public health and the environment of Arizona.
[excerpted from the ADEQ news release]
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Erroneous earthquake report in Sedona area

Arizona Geology Blog - Wed, 2015-10-07 10:06
Tucson News Now has published a report of a magnitude 4.7 earthquake near Sedona on Sunday night saying they got it from the Associated Press, and quoting the Arizona Geological Survey as the source of information.    However, no such earthquake occurred.

The information and quotes in the release are taken entirely from the news story of the November 30, 2014 earthquake of that magnitude at the location.

We've alerted AP and Tucson News Now of the error and presume they will remove the story from their site.

Here's today's report as published by Tucson News Now -

Oct. 6, 2015 report -
And the original Dec. 2, 2014 report –

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Rock slab stabilized at Glen Canyon Dam

Arizona Geology Blog - Tue, 2015-10-06 08:05
The 250-ton slab of Navajo Sandstone peeling off the south wall of the canyon at Glen Canyon dam has been bolted into place to prevent it from falling on to power plant facilities immediately below (bottom photo).   The photo below shows the slab in the lower left area of the circle below with dozens of dark circles marking the rock bolts.  [my photo, 10-5-15]

An official at the dam said plans are to remove small pieces of the slab over time to eliminate the threat.

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