Area of Study
Science Communication | Outreach | Informal Education
As described in the AZGS mission, one of our core duties is to inform Arizonans of the geologic setting, mineral & rock resources, and natural hazards encountered in Arizona. We strive to meet that responsibility with our on-line venues - this website, social media, and free access to our Document Repository. In addition, our Down-to-Earth (DTE) series of popular geology booklets were written for the public. DTE series booklets are well illustrated, jargon-free, introductions to the geology of well-visited geologic sites, e.g., the Chiricahua Mountains, Santa Catalina Mountains, Sedona's Red Rock Country, and the Flagstaff-San Francisco volcanic field area, among other locales.
Our DTE series booklets are free to download at AZGS Down-to-Earth.
March 24, 2018
Robotics & Drones at Biosphere2 - 24 Mar. 2018
Biosphere 2 is hosting a full day of robotics followed by an evening of drone racing. AZGS will be there to discuss our drone program. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event: http://biosphere2.org/visit/race.
March 18, 2018
Field Trip Guides to the Sonoran Desert
A compendium of 19 field trip guides stemming from the 1990 Geological Society of America Cordilleran Section meeting in Tucson, Arizona, are now available online (17 Mar. 2018). The field trip guides are for the Sonoran Desert region of Arizona and northern Sonora, Mexico.
March 11, 2018
Ask A Geologist off & running
Our newest web feature, Ask a Geologist, is off and running and we are receiving 3-5 inquiries weekly. Inquiries vary greatly, but common questions include: where to go to see geologic features; is this a meteorite; where can I collect mineral and rocks?
Each inquiry is addressed within 24 hours and when appropriate we include links to online resources at AZGS, USGS or elsewhere.
February 22, 2018
Meeting with Arizona Mining Caucus on 26 Feb.
Steve Trussell, Exc. Director of Arizona Mining Association and the Arizona Rock Products Association, invited AZGS to brief the Arizona Mining Caucus on mineral productivity in Arizona in 2017. The chief source of information is the U.S. Geological Survey's Mineral Commodity Summaries 2018. https://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/mcs/2018/mcs2018.pdf
February 21, 2018
Book Shuffling at Polly Rosenbaum Building, Phoenix, Arizona
Yesterday, I joined former AZGS and ADMMR employee Nyal Niemuth and 24 volunteers in boxing the geoscience library that was temporarily stored in the former Arizona Mines and Mineral Museum's Copper Gallery on the Government Mall in Phoenix. The library holdings were stored in ~500 boxes and staged for transport to a secure facility.
AZGS thanks the volunteers and the individuals accruing the cost for the secure storage site.