Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys

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Inspecting engineering plans for a stream in Alaska

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Alaska Department of Natural Resources


Our mission is to determine the potential of Alaskan land for production of metals, minerals, fuels, and geothermal resources, the locations and supplies of groundwater and construction material, and the potential geologic hazards to buildings, roads, bridges, and other installations and structures. The Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS) is charged by state statute to generate new, objective, peer reviewed information about the geology of Alaska, the potential of Alaska’s land for production of minerals, fuels, and construction materials, and the potential geologic hazards to its people and infrastructure. The division performs geological and geophysical mineral inventory mapping, generates new geologic data to support energy exploration, conducts hazard investigations, performs geologic and hazards studies on active volcanoes, and archives and disseminates geologic data and reports. DGGS is one of seven divisions and four offices in the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. Under the overall administration of the Director’s Office, the Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys is organized into five sections and the Geologic Materials Center. The Division also administers the 11-member Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission.