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Tucson-based Mintec acquired by Hexagon

Sun, 2014-04-20 13:55
Mintec, Inc., announced that Hexagon AB, a leading provider of design, measurement and visualization technologies, has of today entered into an agreement to acquire the company, a resource modeling, optimization, mine planning and scheduling software developer for the mining industry.

"Headquartered in Tucson, AZ, USA, Mintec has with its 232 employees grown into a global network of mining professionals providing technology, service and support in some of the most complex mining operations around the world. MineSight, the company’s modeling and mine planning brand since 1970, is well-known and respected in the industry," according to a post on the company's website.

 
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Kinder Morgan permits 5 wells in St Johns CO2 field

Sat, 2014-04-19 21:23
The Arizona Oil & Gas Conservation Commission approved permits (#1189-1193) to Kinder Morgan CO2 Co. for 5 wells to develop the St. John's carbon dioxide field in eastern Arizona.

Kinder Morgan plans on investing $1 billion in the CO2 operation - $700 million for field development and $300 million for a 230 mile pipeline to move the gas to a main pipeline in New Mexico that takes it to the Permian Basin oil fields where it will be used in enhanced oil recovery.




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Directory of Geoscience Organizations of the World

Wed, 2014-04-16 08:07


The Geological Survey of Japan has published the 2014 version of the “Directory of Geoscience Organizations of the World.”  It includes major government and quas-government organizations of the world, relating to geological surveys and geologic research.  The online version is updated as needed at https://www.gsj.jp/en/gsj-link/directory/index.html
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Meteorite fireball over central Arizona

Sun, 2014-04-13 19:00
An orange fireball seen Saturday night over the Phoenix valley, Globe, Superior and as far east as El Paso, was confirmed as a meteor, according to the only news report I've found so far, at the Arizona Republic.  

The online story includes a Channel 12 video report showing one photo taken from Papago Peak, and a view of its entry provided by a NASA meteorite tracking camera in New Mexico. 

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Kinder Morgan to invest $1 billion in St. Johns CO2-helium field and pipeline

Wed, 2014-04-02 02:52

Kinder Morgan is expected to spend about $300 million on a 213-mile pipeline to move carbon dioxide from the St. Johns field in eastern Arizona to oil fields in eastern New Mexico and West Texas to use for enhanced oil recovery, and "about $700 million to drill wells and build field gathering, treatment and compression facilities at the St. Johns field," according to a story in Phoenix Business Journal.

The report further says "The 16-inch diameter Lobos Pipeline will transport carbon dioxide from the company’s St. Johns source field in Apache County, Ariz., to its Cortez Pipeline in Torrance County, N.M., and will have an initial capacity of 300 million standard cubic feet per day."  [Right, proposed Lobos pipeline route. Credit, Kinder Morgan].   Earlier reports indicated that initially the pipeline would carry only 200 million cubic feet per day.    All of this is contingent on the company getting the required permits.

The St. Johns field is also expected to produce commercial quantities of helium, a gas in growing demand for industrial purposes.  
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Canal will extend Gulf of California into Arizona

Tue, 2014-04-01 16:06


Plans were announced today to dig a 245-mile long canal from the northern Gulf of California into southwestern Arizona to flood the region with sea water creating new economic opportunities and beach-front housing across thousands of square miles of mostly uninhabited desert.    The City of Phoenix could become one of America’s busiest seaports under the plan.
Hector Fledermaus, President of the Southwestern North America Financial Union (SNAFU) unveiled the plan at a press conference in Gila Bend, which would eventually be sunk under 150 feet of water when the project is complete.
Fledermaus said this is the biggest SNAFU project ever undertaken including canal, pumps, and a set of locks like in the Panama Canal to keep the water from draining back into the Gulf.
“We considered waiting for global warming to melt the Greenland ice cap and letting this happen naturally but decided that we wanted the big bucks now,” Fledermaus said.    “We will start platting out home sites on the beaches-to-be of the new Gulf of Arizona by June and accepting deposits from buyers by year end.”
SANFU is working with Princess Cruise Lines to make Phoenix a new port destination, and with the Tohono O’odham Tribe to launch floating casinos on their part of the new inland sea.The Defense Department will convert part of the Goldwater Test Range in western Arizona into a submarine training base.
Potential buyers and investors can learn more at www.bigf#@kingSNAFU.com
And that's the news for April 1.
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Is this a teachable moment for dealing with natural hazards?

Sat, 2014-03-29 20:09
The ABC Evening News tonight led with a story about the magnitude 5.1 earthquake that hit the Los Angeles basin tonight that was widely felt with modest damage.  The next story reported on the continued search for victims in the Oso, Washington landslide. [Right, Oso landslide. Credit, Dave Norman, State Geologist, Washington Dept. of Natural Resources]  Then, still in the first half of the news, they showed a sinkhole in Michigan as the start of a quick assessment of sinkholes nationwide.

Three compelling geologic hazards stories on the national news in less than 15 minutes.

The new issue of Time magazine (April 7) has a two-page aerial photo of the Washington landslide and companion article subtitled, "A deadly disaster in Washington drives home the danger posed by landslides."    They say that "landslides are the most widespread natural hazard - all 50 states face at least some risk."    Landslides kill 25+ Americans each year on average and cause $1-2 billion in damage according to Time.

We can't agree more.    Calls for national landslide hazards assessments have been made for the past decades without much action.  The issues and solutions are pretty much unchanged.   Action plans sit on shelves ready to be implemented. 

Is the Oso slide the "teachable moment" we need or as the news attention wanes, will we go back to business as normal?

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Crowd of potential buyers examining Augusta Resources (Rosemont Copper)

Fri, 2014-03-28 11:25

Augusta Resources, parent of the Rosemont Copper project, revealed today that "Nine interested parties, including a number of significant industry players, have signed confidentiality agreements and have been conducting an extensive review of the materials in Augusta's electronic data room.  The Company will commence the process of site visits to its Rosemont Copper Project next week and expects that the site visits will take place largely over the next three to four week period."  [Right, artists concept of the proposed Rosemont copper mine. Credit, Rosemont Copper]

The Augusta Board of Directors has recommended that shareholders reject Canadian mining company HudBay's unsolicited buy-out of the company, arguing it is undervalued and predatory, given expectations that permits to begin mining at the Rosemont property will be issued soon.






 

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Small quake in northwest Arizona on Saturday

Mon, 2014-03-24 16:58
Northwest Arizona had a small earthquake at about 4:30 a.m. local time on Saturday morning. The magnitude 2.2 event was 13 miles east of Beaver Dam, Arizona.    [Right, orange star marks the epicenter.  Red lines are active faults. Credit, USGS]



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CO2 sequestration potential in Arizona's Cedar Mesa Sandstone

Sun, 2014-03-23 20:08
AZGS has published another report in our series of assessments of the potential for geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide. This latest report examines the Permian-aged Cedar Mesa Sandstone in the northeast part of the state.     There are large coal-fired power plants in the area that may need to find ways to dispose of CO2 generated by burning the coal for electricity.  [Right, geologic map showing study area.  Black squares indicate power plants.  Credit, AZGS]
The report is posted online in the AZGS Document Repository for free viewing and downloading.  The publication summary notes:Northeastern Arizona encompasses the southwestern part of the Colorado Plateau, an area of gently dipping to slightly tilted Paleozoic and Mesozoic strata that include porous and permeable sandstone units. The Lower Permian Cedar Mesa Sandstone was identified for study as a potential target for CO2 sequestration in order to reduce anthropogenic CO2 emissions to the atmosphere. The Cedar Mesa Sandstone is overlain by the impermeable Organ Rock Formation, which is necessary to prevent escape of sequestered CO2. The salinity of groundwater in the Cedar Mesa Sandstone is unknown, but must be determined before CO2 can be sequestered because CO2 sequestration is not permitted in potable groundwater under current regulatory conditions. Well logs for 755 drill holes were used to evaluate the extent, depth, and thickness of subsurface formations. ESRI® ArcMap™ software was then used to calculate the volume of the Cedar Mesa Sandstone where the top of the unit is below 3000 feet (915 meters) depth, which is the minimum depth necessary for CO2 sequestration where the CO2 is under sufficient pressure to remain in a dense, nearliquid state. Well logs were used to evaluate porosity, which was then used to calculate the amount of pore space that is theoretically available for CO2 storage (the effective porosity). We calculate that there are between 30 km3 and 80 km3 of pore space in the Cedar Mesa Sandstone. The fraction of pore-space volume that is accessible to CO2 injection is estimated to be approximately 0.5% to 5%. Applying this storage efficiency to the Cedar Mesa Sandstone indicates that 0.15 km3 to 4.3 km3 of pore space is accessible to injected CO2, and that 0.114 to 3.24 billion tonnes of CO2 could be sequestered in this pore space at a density of approximately 750 kg/m3.  Ref:  Rauzi, S. L. and Spencer J.E., 2014, An evaluation of carbon dioxide sequestration potential of the Permian Cedar Mesa Sandstone, northeastern Arizona. Arizona Geological Survey Open File Report, OFR-14-03, 22 p.
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Call for papers - 9th Annual AEG Student Night

Fri, 2014-03-21 12:51

An Event for All Arizona Students and Professionals in Geology, Groundwater, Environmental & Engineering Geology, Geotechnical Engineering and Geological Engineering Fields

The Arizona Sections of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG) and the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG), and the Arizona Hydrological Society (AHS) are co-hosting the Ninth Annual Arizona AEG meeting on April 15, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM in the Memorial Union at Arizona State University. This event provides students studying in the many fields of applied geology with opportunities to meet professionals in practice, network with others in the geosciences and make presentations on their current research projects or other work.


Highlights for students attending the meeting will include:
  • Great networking opportunities
  • FREE DINNER! – Student dinners are paid for by the AEG, AIPG and AHS professional members, and industry sponsors.
  • Opportunity for students to present their research and projects via poster session or formal oral presentation to industry professionals, faculty and students from other departments and schools in Arizona.
  • $200, $100 or $50 cash prizes for the top 3 student oral presentations, and $25 each for the top 2 poster presentations.
CALL FOR PAPERS: Students interested in presenting their research and projects at the meeting should submit an abstract (300 words or less) of their proposed presentation via email to Nasser Hamdan at the address below NO LATER THAN 5 pm on Thursday, March 27, 2013. Upon receipt of all abstracts submitted by the deadline, approximately 3-4 will be selected for oral presentation at the meeting (with one possible alternate). Those selected will be notified by April 10, 2013. All selected final presentations must be in PowerPoint format and must not exceed 12 minutes presentation time--3-5 minutes for questions will be allowed. All students who submit abstracts and are not selected for formal oral presentations at the meeting are encouraged to create a poster or other still graphic for display and presentation during the poster session.
 

Please RSVP by April 4th
Tentative Schedule of Events: 5:30-7:00 pm Networking & Poster Session 7:00-7:45 pm Buffet Style Dinner 7:45-8:45 pm Student Presentations 8:45-9:00 pm Award Presentations










For further information and to RSVP, please contact:
Nasser Hamdan, Student Liaison, Arizona AEG
E-mail: nasser.hamdan@asu.edu
Phone: 480-221-2910480-221-2910
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Free webinars for household water well owners

Fri, 2014-03-21 12:40


Our friends at the National Ground Water Association are offering 3 FREE webinars for household water well owners scheduled for April 2, 9 and 17. Registration links are below.
Groundwater Protection: How You Can Protect Your Well Water QualityApril 2nd, 1 p.m. Eastern Time / 10 a.m. Arizona time (MST)
Registration link: http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=1035&evt=04022014&t=1394736447031&t=1395171470828
Presenter: Tom Christopherson is the program manager for Nebraska’s Water Well Standards and Contractors’ Licensing Program for the Department of Health and Human Services. A licensed water well drilling and pump installation contractor, he has more than 25 years of hands-on field experience, complemented by his 12 years in water regulation enforcement and inspection.
In this webinar, you will learn about some of the common causes of preventable groundwater contamination and actions you can take to protect your groundwater-supplied drinking water from contamination.
Water Well Maintenance: Where Do You Begin?April 9th, 1 p.m. Eastern Time/ 10 a.m. Arizona time (MST)
Registration link: http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=1047&evt=04092014&t=1395175535653
Presenter: Gary Hix is a registered geologist, certified well driller and pump installer, and immediate past president of the Arizona Water Well Association.
Water wells are expertly engineered systems that sometimes require maintenance. Learn how to stay on top of maintenance needs to protect water quality.

Water Well Flooding: What Do You Do?April 17th, 1 p.m. Eastern Time / 10 a.m. Arizona time (MST)Registration link: http://login.icohere.com/registration/register.cfm?reg=1059&evt=04172014&t=1395157535576
Presenter: Michael Schnieders is a professional geologist and hydrologist, and senior consultant for Water Systems Engineering in Ottawa, Kansas.
In this Webinar, you will learn what to do and not to do if your well is infiltrated by flood waters. You will learn how best to restore your water quality and the functioning of your water well system.
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Small quake in Lake Mead

Thu, 2014-03-20 03:35
A magnitude 2.4 earthquake occurred under Lake Mead earlier this week (Tuesday, March 18 at 2:30 pm local time).  [Right, orange star marks epicenter.  Red lines are active faults.  Credit, USGS]


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Arizona Geological Society announces student poster competition

Mon, 2014-03-17 03:44


Second Annual Arizona Geological Society Doug Shakel Memorial Student Poster EventThe AGS will host a special meeting on Thursday April 24, 2014 in Tempeat the Embassy Suites Hotel (address - 4400 South Rural Road; located at  the intersection of South Rural Road and the Superstition Freeway, which is one mile due South of the ASU campus).

Prizes to be awarded: 
First Prize: $500; Second Prize $250; Third Prize $100; Three honorable mentions at $50. Special geological gifts will be given to each entrant.
520-663-5295Schedule:

6:00-7:00 PM: Viewing of posters during the social hour. (Judging will begin as the student hangs his or her poster.)

7:00-8:00:  Dinner is FREE for students who make a reservation by calling520-663-5295 or registering at http://www.arizonageologicalsoc.org/no later than April 17.Students are encouraged to sign up for free AGS membership at the meeting. Please bring a student ID with you. Students who are not presenting a poster are also welcome and will receive a free dinner.

7:00-9:00: Students give a brief (3 minute) oral presentation, summarizing their poster.9:30: Presentation of prizes.

For more information about this event please visit:Second Annual Arizona Geological Society Doug Shakel Memorial Student Poster Event
 More information and online registration: Second Annual Arizona Geological Society Doug Shakel Student Poster Event




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Value of US mineral production dropped slightly in 2013 due to commodity price declines

Sun, 2014-03-16 13:55
I reported earlier on the preliminary results of the USGS annual Mineral Commodity Summary report for 2013 production, noting that Arizona retained its #2 position in non-fuel mineral production (ie, not including coal).    The USGS has now released the full report online.   I'm posting their announcement below:




Last year, the estimated value of mineral production in the U.S. was $74.3 billion, a slight decrease from $75.8 billion in 2012. According to the U.S. Geological Survey’s annual Mineral Commodity Summaries 2014report, the 2013 decrease follows three consecutive years of increases. Net U.S. exports of mineral raw materials and old scrap contributed an additional $15.8 billion to the U.S. economy. 

“To put this in context, the $90.1 billion value of combined mined, exported, and recycled raw materials is more than five times greater than the 2013 combined net revenues of Internet titans: Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Yahoo.  This illustrates the fundamental importance of mineral resources to the nation’s economy, technology, and national security,” said Larry Meinert, USGS Mineral Resources Program Coordinator.

Minerals remain fundamental to the U.S. economy, contributing to the real gross domestic product at several levels, including mining, processing, and manufacturing finished products. The U.S. continues to rely on foreign sources for raw and processed mineral materials.

This annual USGS report is the original source of mineral production data for the world. It includes statistics on about 90 mineral commodities essential to the U.S. economy and national security, and addresses events, trends, and issues in the domestic and international minerals industries.

"Decision makers and policy makers in the private and public sectors rely on the Mineral Commodity Summaries and other USGS minerals information publications as unbiased sources of information to make business decisions and national policy," said Michael J. Magyar, Acting Director of the USGS National Minerals Information Center.

Production increased for most industrial mineral commodities mined in the U.S., and prices remained stable. Industrial mineral commodities include cement, clays, crushed stone, phosphate rock, salt, sand and gravel, and soda ash, which are used in industrial applications such as building and road construction and chemical manufacturing.

Production of most metals was relatively unchanged compared with that of 2012, but reduced prices resulted in an overall reduction in the value of metals produced. Domestically produced metals include copper, gold, iron, molybdenum, and zinc, which are used in a wide variety of products including consumer goods, electronic devices, industrial equipment, and transportation systems.

Domestic raw materials and domestically recycled materials were used to process mineral materials worth $665 billion. These mineral materials, including aluminum, brick, copper, fertilizers, and steel, and net imports of processed materials (worth about $24 billion) were, in turn, consumed by downstream industries with a value added of an estimated $2.4 trillion in 2013.

The construction industry began to show signs of improvement in 2012, and those trends continued in 2013, with increased production and consumption of cement, construction sand and gravel, crushed stone, and gypsum, mineral commodities that are used almost exclusively in construction.

Mine production of 14 mineral commodities was worth more than $1 billion each in the U.S. in 2013. These were, in decreasing order of value, crushed stone, gold, copper, cement, construction sand and gravel, iron ore (shipped), molybdenum concentrates, phosphate rock, industrial sand and gravel, lime, soda ash, salt, zinc, and clays (all types).
In 2013, 12 states each produced more than $2 billion worth of nonfuel mineral commodities. These states were, in descending order of value—Nevada, Arizona, Minnesota, Florida, Texas, Alaska, Utah, California, Wyoming, Missouri, Michigan, and Colorado. The mineral production of these states accounted for 64% of the U.S. total output value.

Government agencies and the industrial and financial sectors use data from this and other USGS minerals reports to prepare legislation and key economic reports and to evaluate national defense mineral requirements.  USGS produces more detailed and updated data throughout the year in the USGS Minerals Yearbookand Mineral Industry Surveys.
The USGS Mineral Resources Program delivers unbiased science and information to understand mineral resource potential, production, consumption, and their interaction with the environment. The USGS National Minerals Information Center collects, analyzes, and disseminates current information on the supply of and the demand for minerals and materials in the U.S. and about 180 other countries.

The USGS report "Mineral Commodity Summaries 2014" is available online.

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"Mining and You" series offers views on geology, history, politics

Sun, 2014-03-16 09:05

Tucson-based geologist has been publishing a series of articles about the geology, history, and politics of mining in Arizona, at both the Tucson Citizen and more recently, the Arizona Daily Independent.  [Right, Morenci copper mine.  Credit, Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold]

Here's a sampling of his recent articles:

History of the Florence Copper Deposit
http://www.arizonadailyindependent.com/2014/03/05/history-of-the-florence-copper-deposit/

Responsible Development of Our Domestic Mineral Resources Crucial to Meeting 21st Century Challenges
http://www.arizonadailyindependent.com/2014/02/19/responsible-development-of-our-domestic-mineral-resources-crucial-to-meeting-21st-century-challenges/

Update: The following articles were originally posted at the Tucson Citizen, but they have now dropped their citizen bloggers.  All of David's posts from there are now available at 

http://www.geomineinfo.com/archived_articles.html

  • Rosemont Copper's Actions Speak Louder than the Words of its Opponents
  • 60th anniversary of the Tucson gem and mineral show
  • Arizonans are looking forward to Rosemont Copper's approval
  • Supergene Enrichment
  • Mining and You - All Jobs are Important
  • What is a porphyry copper deposit?


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Public hearing on silver exploration project near Patagonia

Sat, 2014-03-15 17:02
The Coronado National Forest has scheduled a public hearing on the draft Environmental Assessment on a proposal by Wildcat Silver to drill exploration core holes looking for silver mineralization at its Hermosa project, about 6 miles southeast of the town of Patagonia, in Santa Cruz County in southern Arizona.  [Right, location map, courtesy of Wildcat Silver]

This EA is not about constructing a mine. It is only about permitting exploratory drilling.

The Forest Service says the total proposed disturbance from all exploration activities is estimated to be 13.9 acres.   Wildcat Silver says some of what is counted as disturbance includes lands already disturbed as existing roads.

An informational public meeting will be held on Monday March 24, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Patagonia High School Cafeteria, 200 Naugle Ave, Patagonia, AZ.  On its web site, the Forest Service announced that the "purpose of the meeting will be to provide an update on the proposed project, a summary of the draft analysis, instructions on how to comment on the Draft EA, and a summary of the analysis process.  A short question and answer session and an open house will follow.  Coronado personnel will be available to answer questions.  Comments will not be solicited at the meeting."

However, on Friday, Wildcat Silver announced at the Arizona Mining Alliance luncheon that the Forest Service was now making the event an "open microphone" format, with a first-come, first-to-be-heard agenda.   

The question starting to be heard is whether the region's mining opponents will shift their focus to the Hermosa project now that the Rosemont copper project increasingly appears to be on the final path to approval.


The Draft EA is available on-line on the project website at:
http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=41158.
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New earth fissure map released for North Sulfur Springs Valley, Cochise County, Arizona

Fri, 2014-03-07 16:44
The latest in our series of earth fissure maps has been released for the North Sulfur Springs Valley study area in Cochise County in southern Arizona.  The map is available for free viewing and download at our online document repository - http://repository.azgs.az.gov/sites/default/files/dlio/files/nid1562/dm-ef-26_fissuremap.pdf, and the fissures are viewable at the online interactive statewide map viewer of all earth fissures  - http://services.azgs.az.gov/OnlineMaps/EarthFissureViewer/.    [Right, index map showing fissure areas outlined in red, superimposed over basin subsidence map from ADWR]

This is one of a series of earth fissure maps prepared by the Arizona Geological Survey (AZGS) in accordance with Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 27-152.01(3). AZGS collected location information from previously conducted earth fissure studies, reviewed available remote-sensing aerial and satellite imagery, and conducted surface site investigations throughout the study area. A reasonable effort was made to identify all earth fissures in the study area. Nonetheless, some fissures may remain unmapped as a result of one or more of the following: 1) Existing fissures may have been masked by construction or agricultural activities. 2) Incipient fissures may lack clear surface expression. 3) The surface expression of fissures changes constantly as new earth fissures develop and old earth fissures fill in. A blank area on the map does not guarantee earth fissures are not present. However, blank areas within the study area boundary have been investigated, and no surface evidence of fissures was found as of the date of map publication. Determining the presence or absence of a fissure at any specific site may require additional mapping and/or geotechnical analysis. 4) Some earth fissures mapped in this study area were previously referred to as "combination earth fissure-desiccation cracks" (Harris, 2004). Based on similar appearance, morphology, and depth of surface crack to nearby known earth fissures, these features are depicted here as earth fissures. Other shallow polygonal surface crack networks within the study area were interpreted to be giant desiccation cracks and are not individually depicted on this map. However, zones of desiccation cracks are outlined.


Ref: Arizona Geological Survey, 2014, Earth Fissure Map of the North Sulphur Springs Valley Study Area, Cochise County, Arizona. Arizona Geological Survey Digital Map Series - Earth Fissure Map 26 (DM-EF-26), map scale 1:24,000.

[The report description is taken from the AZGS Document Repository]
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Arizona jumps 8 places in industry's world ranking of places to mine

Fri, 2014-03-07 07:23
The annual Survey of Mining Companies for 2013 conducted by the Fraser Institute, ranks Arizona 20th out of 112 jurisdictions worldwide, as a place to mine, based on perceptions by mining executives.  In the previous survey, Arizona ranked 28th out of 96 jurisdictions (countries, states, and provinces).    Wyoming (#5), Nevada (#8), Minnesota (#15), Utah (#16), and Michigan (#17) were the US states ranked higher than Arizona.  Arizona pulled ahead of Alaska (#22) in 2013.   Arizona's overall score rose dramatically from 76.2 from 64.2.

Arizona's attractiveness based on our geology, rose to 25th in the world, up from a ranking of 29th-31st during the past 5 reviews. Arizona was ranked 27th in quality of its geologic database.

Arizona ranked 22nd in Investment Attractiveness, which is a combination of geologic attractiveness and a composite index that "measures the effects of government policy on attitudes toward exploration investment."

According to the public announcement, "Since 1997, the Fraser Institute has conducted an annual survey of mining and exploration companies to assess how mineral endowments and public policy factors such as taxation and regulation affect exploration investment. Survey results now represent the opinions of executives and exploration managers in mining and mining consulting companies operating around the world. The survey includes data on 112 jurisdictions worldwide, on every continent except Antarctica, including sub-national jurisdictions in Canada, Australia, the United States, and Argentina."




There is a tremendous amount to absorb from the 134 page report which I hope to cover in a subsequent post.
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New Coalition to Support Federal Mineral Science and Information Activities

Sun, 2014-03-02 19:52
The American Geosciences Institute advises that fifteen organizations have formed the new Mineral Science and Information Coalition (MSIC) to advocate for reinvigorated minerals science and information functions in the federal government. Reliable supplies of mineral resources underpin the U.S. economy and national security. To maintain robust supply chains of critical mineral materials and make well-informed land-use decisions, the U.S. government and industry must have accurate, timely information on mineral resources and on the domestic and global flow of minerals and mineral materials.

Over the past decade federal programs in minerals science, research, information, data collection and analysis have been severely weakened. Funding for the U.S. Geological Survey's Mineral Resources Program has decreased by 30 percent in constant dollar terms during this time. The Coalition asks Congress and the administration to increase investment in and support for federal minerals research, information gathering, analysis, and forecasting to sustain economic prosperity and ensure national security.  Current members of the Minerals Science and Information Coalition include the Aluminum Association, American Exploration & Mining Association, American Geosciences Institute, Associated Equipment Distributors, Association of American State Geologists, Geological Society of America, Industrial Minerals Association – North America, Interstate Mining Compact Commission, Materials Research Society, National Electrical Manufacturers Association, National Mining Association, National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, Portland Cement Association, Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., and the Society of Economic Geologists. Other groups are in the process of joining the Coalition.
The Minerals Sciences and Information Coalition (MSIC) consists of trade associations, professional societies, scientists, engineers, and groups representing the extractive industries; geoscience, physical, chemical, and material science professionals; processors, manufacturers, and other mineral and material supply-chain users; state government; and other consumers of federal minerals science and information.
For more information or to get involved with the Mineral Sciences and Information Coalition please contact Maeve Boland (mboland@agiweb.org) or John Hayden (hayden@smenet.org). 
[reprinted from the AGI announcement]
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