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, […]

Meet our New Landslide Hazards Program

Washington’s widely varying climate and topography along with complex geology creates many areas that are prone to landslides.  Identifying past landslides is the best way to identify future landslide hazards. After the devastating SR530 “Oso” Landslide in March 2014, the state legislature recognized the need for a greater emphasis on landslide mapping. Resources were allocated to […]

New and improved! Have another look at DNR’s landslide hazard website

There have been some important changes to our landslide hazard website since we last blogged about it on November 1, 2012. We have improved the resolution of the map by adding the National Weather Service (NWS) forecast zones. A shaded relief of elevation, along with the addition of salt and fresh water features, improves the […]

Shallow landslides can be triggered by rainy weather–Do you know the warning signs?

Heavy rain this weekend can cause more than just localized flooding and high rivers. Prolonged or intense rainfall increases the chances of shallow landslides on steep slopes. During these rain events some rain will flow on the surface to streams and rivers, some is captured by vegetation, and some rain infiltrates into the ground. The […]

Watching Washington Evolve

Our talented cartographers have put together a great animation showing the evolution of Washington geology. Based on the previous work of Jack Powell and John Figge, the cartoon shows the accretion of terranes through geologic time from the Neoproterozoic (~750 million years ago) to the present. It demonstrates how the breakup and reconstitution of ancient […]

New Geology Display in NRB Rotunda

The introduction of the mandate that the DGER office door must now remain closed during business hours (due to security concerns) meant that the public could no longer view our rock and mineral collection on a walk-in basis. No matter–this inconvenience motivated us to keep geology in the public eye by creating an updated display […]

DGER launches new homepage

We have reorganized DGER’s webpages on the DNR website! After spending many months considering user feedback along with the needs of the Division, we have launched a new (and hopefully easier-to-navigate) version of our homepage (see below). Highlights of our new page include: (refer to the red number icons) A link to the Online Interactive […]

DGER on YouTube

Have you ever wanted to be a better Geologic Information Portal (online interactive map) user? Have you wanted to dive into the world of 3D geology with Google Earth KMZs and 3D PDFs, but didn’t know where to start? DGER has recently released a number of tutorial guides for our portal and 3D data offerings […]

November Geology Image of the Month: Exploratory Geothermal Well Logging in Snohomish County

Pictured are geothermal geologist Jeff Bowman (DNR) and Adam Lewis (Snohomish Co. PUD) logging an exploration well for temperature gradient. This well was located on private land next to the Garland Hot Springs in Snohomish County. The trip to the well required a 3 hour Snowcat (in picture) ride each way. They logged the well […]