Recently falling commodity prices have brought the state’s reliance on revenue from natural resources to the forefront. Alaska is not immune to national and world events and market changes. Many global commodity prices have fallen from peak values in the recent past to multi-year lows. Recent success around the nation in unconventional oil and gas development, a product of high commodity prices, led to domestic gluts of these commodities and factored into subsequent depressed prices. We can expect this situation to persist until the demand–supply relationship is reset at this new supply level. Low commodity prices can challenge the resolve to keep moving forward and exploring today for the resources of tomorrow. New explorers coming to Alaska depend on publicly available data to come up to speed quickly and make informed decisions. Increasing the data available to all explorers reduces exploration costs, making Alaska more competitive. Alaska cannot afford to stop exploring for tomorrow’s resources; to do so means that we will not be appropriately positioned once global commodity prices rebound.
The Association of American State Geologists (AASG) is an organization of the chief executives of the state geological surveys in 50 states and Puerto Rico. The responsibilities of the various state surveys differ from state to state, depending upon the enabling legislation and the traditions under which the survey evolved. Almost all function as a basic information source for their state governments' executive, legislative, and judicial branches. Some have regulatory responsibilities for water, oil and gas, land reclamation, etc.
SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) is dedicated to the dissemination of scientific information on sedimentology, stratigraphy, paleontology, environmental sciences, marine geology, hydrogeology, and many additional related specialties.
The North American Commission on Stratigraphic Nomenclature celebrated its 60th anniversary in December, 2006. Originally named the American Commission on Stratigraphic Nomenclature, the Commission was later expanded to include representatives from the major geological organizations in Canada and Mexico, with the goal of promoting uniformity in stratigraphic nomenclature throughout North America.
To serve as a connective link among the individual state geologic registration licensing boards for the planning and preparation of uniform procedures and the coordination of geologic protective measures for the general public. One of ASBOG's principal services is to develop standardized written examinations for determining qualifications of applicants seeking licensure as professional geologists. State boards of registration are provided with uniform examinations that are valid measures of competency related to the practice of the profession.
Thanks to new high-resolution surveys of the seafloor, scientists think they have evidence of the subduction process starting in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Portugal. If they are right, this nascent subduction zone could close the Atlantic Ocean — in roughly 200 million years.