DNR geologists and their research are big part of the industry’s annual scientific meeting

Sultan quadrangle subsurface geology
Screenshot showing subsurface geology near Sultan, Washington–a document that can be viewed in a 3-D PDF or downloaded from http://www.dnr.wa.gov.

Where do geologists go to learn new technical information, such as “Shallow and Deep Seismic Surveys in Washington: Shear-wave Data for Earthquake Recording Stations and Deep Sedimentary Areas” or catch up on the “Use of Remote Sensing Imagery to Produce Accurate and Reliable Products for Disaster Response and Mapping Operations in Washington”? The annual meeting of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG), of course. The AEG is holding its 56th annual gathering in Seattle this week and several geologists from DNR are on the program to present papers, conduct technical sessions and describe their research.

Presenting their research before peers is more than a day out of the office for these geologists. It’s an opportunity to share knowledge that can be critical to the safety and economic well-being of Washington’s residents and businesses. As the state’s geological survey, DNR’s Division of Geology and Earth Resources is the primary source of geological products and services in support of decision-making by Washington State’s governmental agencies, businesses and the public. In addition to educating the public, government and industry about the consequences of foreseeable geological events, including earthquake, tsunami, lahar and landslide risks, the division is the chief source of information about the availability of important resources, such as aquifers, minerals and sand and gravel deposits.

Learn more about the DNR Division of Geology and Earth Resources.

Visit the Washington State Geologic Portal to see maps and other information concerning the minerals, formations and hazards in the land around us.