October TsuInfo Now Available

This issue of TsuInfo includes articles on: New Without Warning! Tsunami comic released A new comic book, Without Warning! Tsunami, is the latest collaboration by TsuInfo partners to bring preparedness messaging to youth. In 2013, Oregon Office of Emergency Management’s Geologic Hazards Program Coordinator Althea Rizzo approached Dark Horse Comics with a proposal. An avid comic book fan herself, Rizzo […]

Newly Published: San Juan Tsunami Inundation Hazard Maps

Tsunami Hazard Maps of the San Juan Islands, WA —Model Results from a Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake Scenario This new publication is part of a collaborative effort to show areas at risk of inundation by tsunamis that are generated from large earthquakes. See other reports and maps on our Tsunami Inundation webpage. For more on […]

Earth Science Week 2016

Earth Science Week kicks off Sunday, October 9, 2016, and this year’s theme, chosen by the American Geosciences Institute, is “Our Shared Geoheritage”. Geoheritage is “the collection of natural wonders, landforms, and resources that have formed over eons and come to this generation to manage, use, and conserve effectively. Geoheritage locations are valued for many reasons, including scientific, economic, […]

Subsurface Database Update

The Subsurface Database has been updated to include new geotechnical borings and quality water wells. This data is useful to anyone interested in subsurface geology. Lithology, layer thickness, USCS classification, links to documents, and other information can be obtained through the attribute tables. This dataset was also updated on the Subsurface Theme of the Washington […]

Peering into the earth: Geophysical techniques can find rock for forest roads — Ear to the Ground

Fresh off the stump and replete with water, fresh-cut timber is heavy stuff. A fully loaded logging truck can tip the scales at 68,000 pounds, which is the weight equivalent of approximately 17 average-size cars. To support this kind of weight, forest roads must be built strong with good, hard rock. How hard? Generally, the […] […]

New Map Poster Available-The Cheney-Palouse Tract of Washington’s Channeled Scablands

A new map poster is available titled The Cheney–Palouse Tract of Washington’s Channeled Scablands. Using elevation data, it highlights a remote portion of the Eastern Washington landscape shaped by catastrophic ice-age floods. During the last ice age, a lobe of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet formed an ice dam that blocked a major valley in what […]

Landslides and Landforms Database and Portal Update

The Landslides and Landforms database has been updated in order to fix some attribution issues and its appearance on the Geology Portal  has been given a minor make-over. Updated Citation: Washington Division of Geology and Earth Resources, 2016, Landslides and landforms–GIS data, July 2016: Washington Division of Geology and Earth Resources Digital Data Series 12, […]

New Data on the Geology Portal

The Oil and Gas and the Tsunami Evacuation databases have been updated and are now available on the Geology Portal. The datasets can also be downloaded directly from our GIS & Databases webpage. Updates to the datasets include: addition of new documents for recently abandoned  Jackson Prairie gas storage wells, addition of a new well, […]