Geotimes (formerly GeoSpectrum)

Geotimes is the free electronic blog of the geosciences. Originally launched as GeoSpectrum, a newsletter of the American Geosciences Institute in 1995, Geotimes has been reborn as the go-to source of information on AGI's 51 Member Societies. The American Geosciences Institute coordinates and edits the blog, but it is the result of contributed materials from societies, geoscience organizations and others in the community.

To submit information to Geotimes, please contact Maureen Moses at geospectrum@agiweb.org.

Critical Issues: AMS coastal resilience workshop, Day 1

Screenshot of the USGS Coastal Change Hazards Portal map
On September 27th and 28th, our intern attended a workshop hosted by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Policy Program: “Opportunities and Needs in Integrated Water Prediction, Risk Assessment, and Management for Coastal Resilience.” The first day focused on resilience issues along the Eastern seaboard. We have summarized highlights from the first day below:

Critical Issues: Map of the Day - Minnesota's Bedrock Geology

Screenshot of tweet highlighting the MN Geological Survey's interactive map of Minnesota's bedrock geology. Image Credit: Minnesota Geological Survey
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map of Minnesota's bedrock geology from the Minnesota Geological Survey, which you can find at http://bit.ly/1E3SYLw. You can find over 40 more resources on geoscience issues in Minnesota in our Critical Issues Research Database.

Critical Issues: Map of the Day - Geothermal Power Generation by State

Map of U.S. Geothermal Power Capacity. Image Credit: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared a map of geothermal power generation capacity in each U.S. state from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (@NREL), which you can find at http://bit.ly/1BnlUkJ. If you're interested in learning more about the cutting edge of geothermal energy, check out our FAQ on enhanced geothermal systems.

Critical Issues: Recording and Slides Available for Critical Issues Webinar, "Desalination as a Source of Fresh Water"

Flyer for Desalination Webinar. Image Credit: U.S. Geological Survey
On Tuesday September 20, the Critical Issues Program hosted a webinar on the state of desalination in the United States and further afield. The three speakers were Tzahi Cath (Colorado School of Mines), Jessica Jones (Poseidon Water), and Katherine Zodrow (Montana Tech). Topics covered included the past, present, and future of desalination technologies; the costs and waste management challenges of desalination plants; the recently opened seawater desalination plant in Carlsbad, California; and brackish groundwater use and desalination in Texas. A recording of the webinar and the speakers’ slides can be found at bit.ly/desal-webinar.

SSA: Session Proposal Deadline October 1

Seismological Society of America Logo
The Sesimological Society of America is seeking submissions for special sessions for their 2017 Annual Meeting. The deadline to submit is October 1, 2016. They encourage geoscientists to submit a session on cutting-edge research, methodology and technology developments and sessions are encouraged from across the broad fields of earthquake science, geotechnical and earthquake engineering, and seismology. 

Critical Issues: Map of the Day - Fault Activity in California

Interactive map of California fault activity. Image Credit: California Geological Survey
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map of fault activity in California from the California Geological Survey, which you can find at http://bit.ly/1MM9qFS. If you're interested in learning more about faults and earthquakes in California, you can find related reports, maps, and other documents in the Critical Issues Research Database.

Critical Issues: Map of the Day - Water Wells in Illinois

Interactive map of Illinois water wells. Image Credit: Illinois State Geological Survey
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map of water wells in Illinois from the Illinois State Geological Survey (@ILGeoSurvey), which you can find at http://bit.ly/1EE9HoT. If you're interested in learning more about groundwater resources, check out our webinar, Water as One Resource: How interactions between groundwater and surface water impact water availability.

Critical Issues: Map of the Day - Shoreline Change in Texas

Interactive map of Texas Gulf shoreline change rates. Image Credit: Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map of shoreline change rates along the Texas Gulf Coast from the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas Jackson School of Geosciences (@txgeosciences), which you can find at http://bit.ly/1GoF214. If you're interested in learning more about coastal hazards, check out Flood Basics.

"America's Geologic Heritage: An Invitation to Leadership" Recognized for Design Excellence

Book cover showing a stream running through a small slot canyon with two hikers in the stream.
The book, "America's Geologic Heritage: An Invitation to Leadership" published by the National Park Service and the American Geosciences Institute has won an award. Book designer, Angela Terry, just won an American Graphic Design Award from the Design Magazine Graphic Design USA. The design of the book underscores the great beauty and irreplaceable value of our geologic heritage. The recognition is especially timely as Earth Science Week prepares to celebrate the 2016 theme of “Our Shared Geoheritage” in October. The book is available as a free PDF download. 
 

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