Friday, February 19, 2010

Landslides are Cool

Ok, landslides may be cool, but they can also be very tragic, so please don't pay much attention to the title. Anyway, there is a spectacular video of a landslide in Maierato, Italy. For more detailed info, head over to Dave's Landslide Blog, but the video is below.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Arizona Geo-News

As usual all of the Arizona Geo-News I have comes from the Arizona Geology Blog - something I recommend that everyone follow.

The New and Improved Earth Fissure Viewer at AZGS

The AZGS has just released the newest version of the Earth Fissure Viewer: It is much improved and incorporates a Google maps environment, complete with search engine. (

Some features:

Earth Fissure Viewer provides an interactive and searchable map that displays over 330 miles of earth fissures in Cochise, Maricopa, Pima and Pinal Counties.

Principal Features of the Earth Fissure Viewer

  • A Google Maps environment:
    > choice of street map or terrain background.
    > maximum zoom scale 1:18,000 (1 inch = 1,500 feet).
    > rapid address search via Google search engine.
  • Shows earth fissure study areas (e.g., Scottsdale, Luke)
  • Color-coded earth fissure key
  • Fissure study area maps available for download (*.pdf)

AEG Foundation Silent Auction

2010 is well underway and so are plans for this year’s AEG Foundation Silent Auction. This year the money that is raised by the auction will support the Lemke Fund. The Lemke fund supports the scholarly and professional development of student members of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists by awarding grants intended to offset part of the cost of attending and participating in the association’s Annual Meetings. These grants are awarded to students at the undergraduate or graduate levels. The AEG Foundation will make the awards to deserving student members who are sole author or first author of a paper or poster that they personally present at the annual meeting. Students are the future of AEG, so let’s start now thinking about making a contribution to this year’s auction and by contributing you will be supporting not only the association, but our students.

Attached you will find two documents that were developed for this year’s auction. One is a
Donation Form and the other is the Silent Auction Newsletter. Please review and if you have questions concerning either document, please contact Donna Schmitz, AEG Foundation – Silent Auction-Chair at

On behalf of the Foundation, thank you for your continued support!

ASU Student-Professional Meet and Greet

Greetings AEG Members and Supporters,

As part of our attempt to outreach to ASU students and faculty, AEG has been working closely with ASU’s GeoClub, a student organization within the School of Earth and Space Exploration. GeoClub will be hosting a Student/Professional Meet and Greet evening on Tuesday March 9th at 5:30 pm. The purpose of the meet and greet event is to provide an informal setting where students can meet with professionals and ask questions related to work in engineering, geology and geology related fields and how they can tailor their course choices and other trainings to prepare for work in the engineering and geologic consulting industry. It is anticipated that refreshments and networking will be the order of business from 5:30 to 6:00 pm with student/professional interaction following.

GeoClub has solicited the support of AEG’s professional membership by attending the event and meeting with students to answering their questions.

If you are a practicing professional, please consider supporting this event by attending and meeting informally with students to answer their questions. Official announcement of this event is expected from ASU’s GeoClub soon and will be forwarded to you upon receipt.

If you are interested, please contact me at the e-mail address provided below.

Best regards,

Gregg Mitchell, R.G.
Student Liaison, Arizona Section, AEG

PS Please also start thinking about supporting the upcoming Fifth Annual AEG/AHS Student Night event. This year’s event will be held at ASU’s Tempe campus on Tuesday, April 6th. The event is being promoted by the ASU School of Sustainable Engineering and the Build Environment’s Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering program, the School of Earth and Space Exploration, and GeoClub. Formal announcements are being formalized and will be forthcoming.