Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Some Random News

Below is some random news of interest - and it's all taken from the Arizona Geology Blog.

*Arizona AEG cannot and does not endorse or denounce indivual candidates one way or another.

Monday, January 25, 2010

2010 Student Night

For All Arizona Students and Professionals in Groundwater,
Environmental, & Engineering Geology,
Geotechnical Engineering and Geological Engineering Fields

Hosted By: AEG and AHS

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Student/Professional Meeting



Schedule of Events:
5:30 – 7:00 Career Fair and Mingling
7:00 – 7:45 Dinner
7:45 – 8:45 Student Presentations
8:45 – 9:00 Award Presentations

Arizona State University, Tempe
Student Memorial Union
Cochise and Mohave Meeting Rooms

Hosted By: Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists
Arizona Section
Arizona Hydrological Society
Phoenix Chapter

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Shlemon Conference: Modern Subsidence, Sea-Level Rise, and Future of the Gulf Coast

Shlemon Specialty Conference

Modern Subsidence, Sea-Level Rise, and
the Future of the Gulf Coast
May 13-15, 2010
Galveston Island, Texas

Call for Abstracts

Shlemon Specialty Conferences are sponsored by the AEG Foundation and the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists, and are supported, in part, by funds provided by Roy J. Shlemon, a Trustee of the AEG Foundation, an Honorary Member of the Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists, and a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. The conferences provide for an intensive 3-day forum of technical discussions among researchers and practitioners, and focus on topics beneficial to society and directly related to application of the engineering and environmental geosciences. The conferences are intended to promote and disseminate practice and research results, and to foster improvement and understanding of applied geology.

The sixth Shlemon Specialty Conference, Modern Subsidence, Sea-Level Rise, and the Future of the GulfCoast, will include keynote oral presentations by invited experts, a field excursion, poster sessions, and ample time for informal interaction. The field trip held in conjunction with the conference will include various stops around Galveston and the Bay Area to observe evidence of faulting and related subsidence effects on various engineered structures.

The technical focus of the conference concerns:
  • Subsidence measurements
  • Processes causing subsidence
  • Quaternary geology of the GulfCoast
  • Engineering geology, coastal flooding, and protection
  • Space-based geodesy and subsidence of New Orleans
  • Northern hemisphere glaciations and crustal physics, subsidence modeling
  • In-SAR and oil field subsidence
  • Groundwater subsidence of the GulfCoast
Abstracts for poster sessions are invited and will be organized on various topics. Posters will be on display throughout the entire conference with time set aside each day for review and discussion.

Abstracts for poster sessions should be no more than 350 words and include the title of the abstract, author(s) full name, affiliation, affiliation address, and email address and sent to Julie Keaton, Conference Director (aegjuliek@aol.com). Abstracts may be selected for oral presen-tation.

If you have any questions, please contact either Cynthia Palomares, General Chair (
cpalomar@tceq.state.tx.us) or Roy Dokka, Technical Program Chair (dokka1@lsu.edu).

Geo-related bills at the Arizona Legislature

Here are new bills filed in the Arizona legislature that are relevant to the geoscience community (from Arizona Geology):

SB1126 - Declares that nuclear fuel produced entirely within the state boundaries are not subject to federal interstate commerce laws

HB2290 - Amendment to allow used tires as filler material for abandoned mines through 12/31/2015, with a cover of at least 10 ft of earthen materials.

HB2180 - Amendment to exempt Class II injection wells used in natural gas storage projects from aquifer protection permit requirement

Friday, January 15, 2010

New Earth Fissure Map for Maricopa County

The Arizona Geological Survey has just realeased a new earth fissure map for Maricopa County. This map is combination of the study area maps that cover parts of the county, so it's not really anything new, just a new (and perhaps more convinient) way of presenting the info.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Next Meeting January 21st - Joint AEG and SME

AEG is excited to announce our first meeting of 2010! We are having a joint meet with SME to start the year off. The meeting will be on held Thursday January 21, 2010 at the Lexington Hotel (formerly Best Western) at 1100 North Central Avenue in Phoenix. We'll start off at 6:30pm with mingling and drinks. Dinner will be at 7pm with the presentation starting shortly after dinner.

Our speaker is Mr. Tim Casten, the Director of Underground Planning with Freeport-McMoRan. Mr. Casten will be presenting on Underground Mining at PT Freeport Indonesia's Grasberg District.

Thank you to meeting sponsor Karen Schwab, R.G. of Kimberlite Water Quality Permitting and Compliance Service LLC.

Please RSVP to Bonnie Whitley at
bonniewhitleype@gmail.com by noon on Monday January 18th.

Please note that as this is a joint meeting with SME, the cost will be $25 for members and non-members. Thank you and hope to see you there!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

AEG North Central Section Short Course: A New World in Geophysics

AEG North Central Section Short Course May 18-19, 2010
A New World in Geophysics
About the Course

Sponsored by the North Central Section of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists, the short course is designed for practicing Civil Engineers, Geologists, Engineering Geologists, Archaeologists, Law Enforcement Investigators,Consultants, Owners, Managers and others responsible for development orevaluation of site characterization studies that might benefit from the applicationof modern geophysical methods. Many of us were exposed to geophysics during our undergraduate or graduate studies, which may have been completed may years ago now. There has been much progress in geophysics since your undergraduate studies. This course will bring you up-to-date with the latest developments in geophysical methods for land, water, and subsurface characterization. In addition to providing the student with the working knowledge of each of the available geophysical tools, pitfalls in subcontracting geophysical services will be presented. After you complete this course, you will be an informed consumer of geophysical services and be cable of scoping and applying the correct geophysical methods to solve your particular problem. Course participants will earn 2.0 hours of Continuing Education Credit.

click here for more information.

Southwest Hydrology Ceases Publication

Arizona Geology is reporting that Southwest Hydrology is ceasing publication after the current issue. This is rather unfortunate since it was a great source for articles specific to Arizona and the Southwest.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Some Updates

Well I hope that everyone had a nice holiday break, but now it’s back to business. I plan to write up a newsletter soon, but don’t hold your breath. But I do have the meeting schedule for the next few months and a few updates from the Arizona Geology blog.

The next meeting is on January 21st. It’s a joint meeting with SME – more info to come. The topic is “Underground Mining at PT Freeport Indonesia's Grasberg District" by Tim Casten and the location will be at the Lexington Central Hotel (formerly Best Western), 1100 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona.

Other scheduled meetings:

March 4th – Paul Marinos, 2010 Jahn’s Lecturer
April 6th – Student Night at ASU

Times, locations, and other info to come later.

On the geological front:

  • And finally – geologists love beer.