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November 2013

The Geology Division had an interesting November.
Activities included participation in the 2013 Annual GIS Day on November 20th. This year's theme was "Discovering the World Through GIS."
As in previous years, presenters gave talks and poster presentations in the State Capitol Building (Olympia, WA) that highlighted the use of GIS in the public and private sectors.

We also welcomed USGS Hydrogeologist,
Erick Burns, from the Oregon Water Science Center in Portland. On November 18 he presented a talk on his results of modeling groundwater and heat flow in the Columbia Basin. He graciously agreed to come to Olympia to give his presentation, and did so to a very packed room of many interested listeners at the DNR.

Finally we wish you, your family, and friends, a very safe and happy Thanksgiving, and start to the holiday season. 

November Geology Image of the Month

The November geology image of the month was submitted by DGER Hydrothermal Geologist, Jeff Bowman. It pictures Jeff Bowman (DNR) and Adam Lewis (Snohomish Co. PUD) logging an exploration well for temperature gradient. This well was located on private land next to the Garland Hot Springs in Snohomish County. The trip to the well required a 3 hour Snowcat (in picture) ride each way. They logged the well in March of 2011.

Exploratory geothermal well logging is an important element of DGER work, and occurs statewide. Below is a picture of a drilling on U.S. Forest Service land in the upper Wind River Valley, Skamania County (from August 2012). In the picture geologists are collecting a sample of the drill cuttings for analysis and lithologic description. The drilling is part of DGER's National Geothermal Data System (NGDS) grant received from the U.S. Dept. of Energy. It is part of a larger effort to compile and collect existing and new data related to geothermal resources.
Geothermal drilling in Wind River Valley, Skamania County, Washington.
What's New on the Web?

The Washington Geology Library has a new icon! The garish red button linking users to the catalog, accessible from the library website
or library bibliography webpages, has been replaced by a stylish new icon designed by DNR's graphic designer Luis Prado. The functionality remains the same, however.
DGER on YouTube

Have you ever wanted to be a better Geologic Information Portal (online interactive map) user?

Have you wanted to dive into the world of 3D geology with Google Earth KMZs and 3D PDFs, but didn't know where to start?


DGER has recently released a number of tutorial guides for our portal and 3D data offerings via YouTube videos hosted on DNR's YouTube site. The portal tutorials are divided into 4 user-friendly presentations covering a variety of topics and frequently asked questions related to the geology map portal. The 3D PDF and Google Earth overlay tutorials serve as user guides and demonstrate the functionality of these products that we have previously highlighted on this blog.

To access these videos, click on the hyperlink or the YouTube logo above. This will take you to the Washington State DNR YouTube channel. From there scroll down until you see the "Geology" category and the tutorial videos. This is also where we will add other DGER-related videos in the future.
New Publications

TsuInfo Alert is a bi-monthly newsletter that links scientists, emergency responders, and community planners to the latest tsunami research. This newsletter is published by the Washington Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geology and Earth Resources on behalf of the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program, a state/federal partnership funded through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It is made possible by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency via the Washington Military Department, Division of Emergency Management.

Highlights of this issue include an article on the vertical tsunami evacuation structure to be incorporated into the design of the new Ocosta Elementary School in Grays Harbor County, and the publication announcement for Landslide and liquefaction maps for the Long Beach Peninsula, Pacific County, Washington: Effects on tsunami inundation zones of a Cascadia subduction zone earthquake, authored by DGER geologists.
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