March 29, 2013 | Geology.com
Salt Domes are mounds or columns of salt that have risen above their parent rock unit because of the salt’s low specific gravity.
They serve as oil and natural gas reservoirs; sources of sulfur; sources of salt; underground storage sites for oil, natural gas and helium; and, disposal sites for hazardous waste.
Supersized Topographic Maps|
February 17, 2013 | MyTopo.com
The folks at MyTopo.com are now printing supersized topo maps; large enough make a huge 8′ x 5′ (or 5′ x 8′) map that will look fantastic on the wall of your office, conference room, lobby, cabin or den. These maps are custom-centered on any location that you pick using their online map-making tool.
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Wall Maps of US States|
February 10, 2013 | Geology.com Store
Raven Maps are beautiful examples of shaded-relief wall maps that display the elevation of a state in vibrant colors. These large maps look great in a classroom, den or office. Use one to mark the locations of your work or company.
Oil and Gas from Fractures in the Austin Chalk|
December 27, 2012 | United States Geological Survey
“The Upper Cretaceous Austin Chalk forms a low-permeability, onshore Gulf of Mexico reservoir that produces oil and gas from major fractures oriented parallel to the underlying Lower Cretaceous shelf edge. Horizontal drilling links these fracture systems to create an interconnected network that drains the reservoir.” Quoted from USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2012–5159.
December 18, 2012 | Geology.com
Petrified Forest National Park is the most famous location in the world for observing petrified wood. It is one of several government and private parks in the United States that feature petrified wood.
West Nile Virus at Record Levels|
September 10, 2012 | Center for Disease Control
The Center for Disease Control reports record levels of West Nile virus in humans. Over 70 percent of the cases have been reported from six states (Texas, South Dakota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Michigan) and almost 45 percent of all cases have been reported from Texas. The common symptoms are fever and neck stiffness
Isaac Approaches New Orleans|
August 28, 2012 | NOAA
Tropical Storm Isaac has strengthened to nearly hurricane strength. NOAA has issued the following warning…
A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR… * EAST OF MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA TO THE ALABAMA-FLORIDA BORDER… INCLUDING METROPOLITAN NEW ORLEANS…LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN… AND LAKE MAUREPAS (more/updated)…
101 American Geo-Sites|
June 27, 2012 | Geology.com Store
Mountain Press Publishing has released a new book by Albert B. Dickas titled: 101 American Geo-Sites You’ve Gotta See.
It provides a two-page presentation on each site that features photos, text and a map. It is a good way to get a quick glimpse of these 101 fantastic sites. It sells for $23.99.
See a table of contents.
Mineral Clubs and Organizations Worldwide|
June 13, 2012 | The-Vug.com
The-Vug.com has an impressive listing of mineral clubs organized by state. You might be surprised at how many clubs are listed and there is probably one that meets within a short drive of your home.
Answering 10 Fundamental Questions about the Mississippi River Delta|
April 12, 2012 | MississippiRiverDelta.org
“The Mississippi River Delta is one of the largest and most productive coastal ecosystems in North America. From energy, to fisheries, to navigation, the richness of this ecosystem has sustained the U.S. economy for 300 years. [...] This document presents that evidence, based on a thorough examination of the primary questions people have raised about the future of the Mississippi River Delta.” Quoted from the report.
Coastal Topography Data|
January 31, 2012 | USGS
USGS has released a large number of coastal topography data sets for the eastern coast and Gulf of Mexico acquired using lidar technology.
Huge Coal Database Available|
January 23, 2012 | USGS
USGS has recently published: “Shallow Coal Exploration Drill-Hole Data—Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas”. Data is available by state in MS Excel files.