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Best of AZGS Social Media 2013

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Michael Conway

Social media is fast becoming one of the primary ways in which we inform stakeholders to new products, geologic hazard news and events. We are not alone. The US Geological Survey, American Geophysical Union and other state surveys are experimenting with the efficacy of social media for delivering information. The premise is simple, we are meeting our stakeholders where they live and communicate - online in social media outlets. As new social networking sites emerge, we will explore those as well.

Below are some of the top geologic stories from Lee Allison’s Arizona Geology blog for 2013. Enjoy! Join us online at:

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Saturday, December 14, 2013
Forest Service approves Rosemont Copper mine proposal

We just saw an email from Rosemont Copper, saying the U.S. Forest Service released the draft Record of Decision (ROD), approving the Rosemont Copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson.  In the draft ROD, the Coronado Forest Supervisor Jim Upchurch states ...



Thursday, November 07, 2013
Arizona mining: $4.8 billion income, 52,100 jobs

The Arizona Mining Association reports that "Mining activity in 2012 generated $4.8 billion in total income for workers, business and property owners, and governments across Arizona, as well as, accounting for 12,100 direct jobs through the payrolls of mining companies. Indirectly, mining generated an additional 40,000 jobs through vendor purchases of mining companies, consumer spending of workers, and ... 



Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Tackling governance of geoscience cyberinfrastructure

"Imagine a world with unlimited access to scientific data in any field, where researchers can plot data from any source and visualize it any way they'd like, and where they can model results and explore ideas from a desktop, a lab or the field.  EarthCube aims to make that vision a reality.  EarthCube is a National Science Foundation (NSF) effort to create a data and knowledge management system for geosciences in the 21st century ... 


Thursday, September 26, 2013
Natural Hazards Viewer gets news media attention

The Arizona Natural Hazards Viewer, created by AZGS and the Arizona Division of Emergency Management with support from FEMA, is drawing a fair amount of news media attention.  USA Today made it the item for Arizona in the national update.     Tucson's public TV station, Channel 6, interviewed AZGS Extension Service Chief, Dr. Mike Conway about the viewer on Arizona Illustrated ...


Saturday, August 17, 2013
Our role in digitizing the Earth

The cover for the September issue of EARTH magazine proclaims "Geoscience Embraces BIG DATA" with a feature article inside on "Digitizing Earth."
AZGS is showcased for our roles in the DOE-funded National Geothermal Data System ("One of the most successful programs to date...") and the NSF EarthCube initiative.
We are managing the largest of the four NGDS projects on behalf of the Association of American State Geologists, where we have set up distributed data nodes in most of the Geological Surveys across the country ... 


Friday, July 26, 2013
New USGS geologic map of Winslow 30' x 60' quad published

The USGS has published the geologic map of the Winslow 30'x 60' quadrangle in northeast Arizona. The map is one of many completed by George Billingsley and colleagues that we've been looking forward to seeing released.  [Right, cross section through Hopi Buttes ...


Sunday, June 30, 2013
GSA Kirk Bryan Award to AZGS's Phil Pearthree

AZGS Section Chief Dr. Phil Pearthree and his co-authors will receive the 2013 Kirk Bryan Award from the Geological Society of America’s Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division this fall at the GSA Annual meeting. The Kirk Bryan Award is bestowed upon the author or authors of a published paper of distinction advancing the science of geomorphology or some related field, such as  Quaternary geology ...


Thursday, May 09, 2013
Geothermal data video interview posted online

My Tuesday interview about the National Geothermal Data System with Jane Poynter on Arizona Illustrated is posted online at the Arizona Public Media website ...


Monday, April 29, 2013
Pinto Valley copper mine sold for $650 million

Capstone Mining announced today that "it has entered into a definitive agreement with BHP Copper Inc., a subsidiary of BHP Billiton Ltd. to purchase BHP Billiton's wholly-owned Pinto Valley copper mining operation and the associated San Manuel Arizona Railroad Company ("SMARRCO") in Arizona, USA for US$650 million ...


Sunday, March 31, 2013
Is there oil and gas potential in Arizona's Mancos Shale?

Growing recognition of shale oil and gas potential in northwest New Mexico might draw similar interest in Arizona's Mancos Shale. The Mancos  Shale in New Mexico's San Juan basin is exciting the petroleum industry as the country's next hot shale play.   More than 500 attendees showed up ...


Thursday, February 21, 2013
Bitter Spring landslide extends downslope from US89

In a video posted on the ADOT YouTube channel, Senior Deputy State Engineer Rob Samour says they have found cracks extending a couple of hundred feet downslope from the US89 guard rail indicating that the highway repair and remediation actions will have to cover a much larger area than just the immediate roadway. The downslope cracks are consistent with AZGS geologists' interpretation that the road buckling event is the result of a landslide ...


Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Arizona Mining Review program can be viewed online

 The premiere episode of our online video magazine Arizona Mining Review, was broadcast live this morning.  It was recorded and we posted it on the AZGS YouTube channel. It can be viewed at our channel ...

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