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Petrified Forest Geologic Map Sets an Arizona Record
February 11, 2013 | Arizona Geological Survey

Last month the Arizona Geological Survey published a new Geologic Map of Petrified Forest National Park. Instead of charging people $25 or more as geological surveys have traditionally done for a paper map, AZGS made it available for free downloading on their website. The result was 1100 downloads in a couple of weeks. It might have taken years or decades to “sell” that many maps.

Now anybody anywhere can learn about petrified forest geology at any time without charge as long as they can use an internet connection. Isn’t this a great way to fulfill the duties of a geological survey?

Divide project costs by the number of people who will be educated by a downloadable product and compare that to print publication. Which will have a lower cost per person educated?

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January 21, 2013 | Arizona Geological Survey
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Arizona Geological Survey – 125 Years
January 1, 2013 | Arizona Geological Survey
The Arizona Geological Survey is celebrating its 125th anniversary with photos of the day, field trips, an Arizona mining review and much more. Hundreds of geoscientists have contributed to the production of more than 1,000 geologic products – maps, reports, geologic hazard assessments, and other valuable products.

Development of the Geological Map of Arizona
December 29, 2013 | Arizona Geology
Many events, programs, organizations and people influence the development of a geological map. An article in the winter edition of Arizona Geology traces the development of the Geologic Map of Arizona.

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