In 2013, the Arizona Geological Survey (AZGS) celebrates its 125th Anniversary. We trace our roots to the Arizona Territorial Legislature appointment of Territorial Geologist John Blandy in 1888. From this auspicious start came the present-day Arizona Geological Survey (1988 to present) and its predecessor agencies: The University of Arizona Bureau of Mines (1893 - 1915), Arizona Bureau of Mines (1915 - 1977), and the Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology (1997 - 1988).
In this, our 125th anniversary year, we are celebrating the efforts of hundreds of geologists and geoscientists to understand Arizona’s remarkable geology. All told, AZGS and its predecessor Earth science agencies have published more than 1,000 geologic products – maps, reports, geologic hazard assessments, and more. As we celebrate our 125th anniversary, we’ll be hosting new products and establishing new communication pathways to serve Arizona.
Celebratory events in the works
- GeoSnaps – geologic snapshots capturing Arizona’s geologic setting and mining history with a picture of the day from 1 January through 31 December 2013.
- Arizona Mining Review – a monthly webinar hosted by State Geologist Lee Allison to discuss Arizona mining – past, present and future.
- Release of new & old geologic products bearing our 1888 – 2013, 125th anniversary logo.
- Symposium on 125 Years of Arizona Geology (arrangements pending).
- Symposium on Arizona Geology at the 2013 Geological Society of America Annual Meeting – Denver, Colorado (pending).
- Timeline graphic demarcating milestones in the history of Arizona geology.
- A retrospective review on the state of geology of Arizona ca. 1888. Arizona Geology Magazine 125th year anniversary issue.
- 125th anniversary field trip(s).
Arizona Mining Review kicks off on 23 January 2013 with news and update on the state of Arizona mining. Each month we’ll introduce a new topic and select a format – featured guest, panel discussion, Q&A session – to draw the most out of the topic.
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- 23 January | Arizona Mineral Resources – Lee Allison | Nyal Niemuth -- Click to watch the video of our first broadcast!
- 20 February | Topics: Nyal Niemuth discussing gold mining in Arizona; Jon Spencer on mineral resources of the proposed Sonoran Desert Heritage area; and wrap-up of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society Show. Click to watch the video of the broadcast.
- 27 March | Topics: Lee Allison and Nyal Niemuth explore the newest developments and trends in Arizona mining; Dr. Kenneth P. Green, Senior Director, Energy and Natural Resources at the Fraser Institute, discusses the recent "Survey of Mining Companies" report and what it means for Arizona mining; VP Dan Johnson talks with Lee Allison about Curis's plans for in situ copper recovery on 160 acres of Arizona State Trust lands.Click to watch the video of the broadcast.
- 26 April | Topics: Lee Allison and Nyal Niemuth explore the newest developments and trends in Arizona mining; Dorothy Kosich, Deputy Editor/Americas Editor for MineWeb.com, discusses budgets and mining in the Western U.S.; Dr. Kent Hill, ASU's L. William Seidman Research Institute, discusses "The Economic Impact of the Mining Industry on the State of Arizona – 2011"; Geologist from the Utah Geological Survey describes the recent pit wall collapse at Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine. (Schedule dependent.) Watch live at 10 am, April 26: Click to watch the video of the broadcast.
- May-December | Topics pending
Join us in 2013 as we celebrate 125 years of Arizona geology.