Policy & Critical Issues Blog

Stay up to date on issues at the intersection of geoscience and society with our Policy & Critical Issues blog posts from the AGI Geotimes blog.

Interactive map of Illinois water wells. Image Credit: Illinois State Geological Survey
(2016-09-26)
#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...
 
Interactive map of Texas Gulf shoreline change rates. Image Credit: Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas
(2016-09-23)
#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...
 
Interactive map of the surface geology of Arkansas. Image Credit: Arkansas Geological Survey
(2016-09-22)
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map of surface geology from the Arkansas Geological Survey (@ARGeological), which you can find at http://bit.ly/1N8Pu4B . If you're interested in learning more about Arkansas geology, further...
 
August 2016 Statewide Precipitation Ranks. Image Credit: NOAA
(2016-09-21)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) held their latest Monthly Climate Briefing on September 15, 2016, and we have summarized the highlights for you below: •  August 2016 is the 17th warmest (73.6°F, 1.5°F above average), 2nd wettest August (3.47", 0.85" above average) since 1895 for the contiguous U.S. •  Eight states (CT, DE, MD, MA, NJ, NY, PA, and RI) experienced their warmest August on record. •  This was Louisiana’s wettest August on the 122-year state record, exemplified by...
 
Interactive map of oil and gas resources in Illinois. Image Credit: Illinois State Geological Survey
(2016-09-21)
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map of geothermal resources and infrastructure from the Illinois State Geological Survey (@ILGeoSurvey), which you can find at http://bit.ly/1H4eAg6. If you're interested in learning more about oil and gas, check...
 
Interactive map of Nevada geothermal resources and infrastructure. Image Credit: Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
(2016-09-20)
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared an interactive map of geothermal resources and infrastructure from the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, which you can find at http://bit.ly/1xmR0Jp. If you're interested in geothermal energy, check out our Geothermal Energy Basics.
 
Interactive Map of Coastal and Marine Geoscience Features. Image Credit: NOAA, BOEM
(2016-09-19)
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared a map of U.S. coastal and marine geoscience features from the Marine Cadastre (@MarineCadastre), a joint program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (@NOAA) and the...
 
Industrial waste arrives at a wastewater disposal facility near Platteville, CO. The waste will be treated and then injected into deep underground storage wells. Image Credit: Bill Ellsworth, USGS.
(2016-09-16)
The September 3rd earthquake in Pawnee, Oklahoma, renewed national discussion on the link between earthquakes and human activity. "Induced seismicity," as human-caused earthquakes are referred to in the field, has been linked to the injection of industrial wastewater into disposal wells deep beneath the Earth's surface. Recently published research from the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Colorado has refocused the discussion, showing how geoscientists can work with state and local decision makers to better respond to earthquake risks. For the...
 
Interactive Map of Oil and Gas Resources in Kansas
(2016-09-16)
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared a map of oil and gas resources (and earthquakes!) in Kansas from the Kansas Geological Survey (@ksgeology), which you can find at http://bit.ly/1CDQ6Ze. If you're interested in the relationship between oil & gas operations and...
 
Interactive Map of Water Resources in Georgia
(2016-09-15)
#MapOfTheDay! Today the Critical Issues Program (@AGI_GeoIssues) shared a map of water resources in Georgia from the Georgia Soil & Water Conservation Commission (@GASoilandWater), which you can find at http://bit.ly/2bZ7px8. If you're interested in states' water resources, make sure to check...
 

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