Tennessee Current Events
Wall Maps of US States|
December 1, 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.
Higher Risk in the New Madrid Seismic Zone|
October 17, 2013 | USGS
New research provides insight on why the New Madrid Seismic Zone is unique and may continue to pose a higher earthquake risk than adjacent areas in the central United States.
A Spanish Fort in the Appalachians in 1567?|
August 9, 2013 | University of Michigan
“The remains of the earliest European fort in the interior of what is now the United States have been discovered by a team of archaeologists, providing new insight into the start of the U.S. colonial era and the all-too-human reasons spoiling Spanish dreams of gold and glory.” Quoted from the University of Michigan press release.
University of Tennessee Gas Leases?|
June 14, 2013 | The Tennessean
The University of Tennessee is seeking bids from companies interested in leasing the natural gas rights on 8,600 acres it owns in Morgan and Scott counties.
United States Gemstones|
June 11, 2013 | Geology.com
A diversity of gemstones are produced in the United States. However, the $11 million per year in domestic production is tiny compared to the $23.5 billion that are imported.
New Roadside Geology of Georgia|
May 30, 2013 | Geology.com Store
Pamela Gore and William Witherspoon have recently published “Roadside Geology of Georgia“, a new guidebook in the Mountain Press Roadside Geology Series.
This is a field guidebook for the state of Georgia with road logs and maps that describe the physical and historical geology.
USGS Redesigned the Topo Map|
May 18, 2013 | USGS
USGS has redesigned their PDF topo maps! Just released are complete map sets for Tennessee (694 maps) and Kentucky (671 maps) with more states coming soon (Alaska and Hawaii).
These maps are beautiful. If you want to see a sample we have Mammoth Cave, Kentucky unzipped and ready for you to download – but be warned that it is a really big file (30 megs) and will take quite a while to download – but well worth the wait…
If you have Adobe Reader or equivalent software, click here, get the download started, go for coffee, come back to a great map. Be sure to zoom in to see the great detail.
Homeowners Insurance and Sinkhole Damage|
March 8, 2013 | Geology.com
Did you know that most homeowners insurance policies do not cover damage from any type of subsidence? That includes collapse from sinkholes, oil production, ground water pumping and underground mining activity. Most insurance companies offering homeowners coverage exclude almost any type of geologic hazard from coverage – unless you make specific arrangements to acquire it yourself.
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|Frac Sand is a high-purity silica sand used in hydraulic fracturing to enhance the flow of oil and gas from tight rock units.|
|Diamonds from Coal? Diamonds form under a variety of conditions that rarely involve coal as a source of carbon.|
|Fluorescent Minerals glow with spectacular colors when illuminated in the dark with an ultraviolet lamp.|
|Helium is a byproduct of the natural gas industry. Its most important use is in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines.|
|Utica Shale: New wells in eastern Ohio prove that the Utica Shale will be a major source of natural gas and natural gas liquids.|
|Spectacular Fossils of the Green River Formation. Some of the world's best-preserved fossil fish from an intermountain lake. |
|Opals: Gem quality opal is one of the most spectacular gemstones. A single stone can flash with every color of the spectrum.|