Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Geologic Map Day: Celebrate on October 18

Celebrate the second annual Geologic Map Day! On October 18, as a part of the Earth Science Week 2013 activities, join leading geoscience organizations in promoting awareness of the importance of geologic mapping to society. Earth Science Week 2013 will be celebrated October 13-19.  [Right, Geologic Map of North America. Credit, USGS]

Be sure to check out the Geologic Map Day poster included in this year's Earth Science Week Toolkit at http://www.earthsciweek.org/materials/index.html.
Showing how geologic maps can be used to understand natural hazards, the poster also provides step-by-step instructions for a related classroom activity and links to state geologic maps and maps of national parks. Additional resources for learning about geologic maps can be found on the Geologic Map Day web page http://www.earthsciweek.org/geologicmap/.

"As the saying goes, 'Civilization exists by geological consent – subject to change without notice.' Outside of Alaska, California is the most seismically active state in the country, with more than 70 percent of the Nation's earthquake damage occurring in this state every year. Mapping earthquake faults and their surrounding geology is a key element in making California safer for its communities," says Dr. John Parrish, President of AASG and State Geologist of California.

Geologic Map Day partners include the American Geosciences Institute (AGI), the Association of American State Geologists (AASG), the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Park Service, the Geological Society of America, and Esri.

To find your state's geologic survey and additional geologic mapping information go to http://www.stategeologists.org/ and click on the state of interest.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

First Charles Mankin Award goes to Idaho Geological Survey map

The first recipient of the Charles J. Mankin Memorial Award will be  "Geologic Map of Idaho, 2012,  by Reed S. Lewis, Paul K. Link, Loudon R. Stanford, and Sean P. Long, Idaho Geological Survey Map # 9."

The newly established Charles J. Mankin Memorial Award recognizes state geological survey publications in regional, energy, or mineral resource geology, with an emphasis on surface or subsurface geologic mapping, compilations, and associated reports.

We owe a great deal to Charlie. He was Oklahoma State Geologist from 1967 to 2007, '75-'76 AASG President, '78-'79 AGI President, and 1987 Campbell Medalist. And he did so much for the good of us all, such as playing a key role in establishing STATEMAP.

Our first call for nominations over the summer resulted in an incredibly impressive set of highly worthy nominations that presented a great challenge for the selection.

The selection committee assessed uniqueness, significance as a model, and overall worthiness, with quantitative scoring on each of 1) nomination & letters, 2) project design, 3) quality of the science, 4) relevance to scientific & societal issues, 5) quality of the presentation, and 6) likely impact.