Earth Day 2016: Moving Toward Green Energy

What is Geothermal Energy? Geothermal energy is thermal energy generated and stored in the earth. When most people think of geothermal they think of hot springs, fumaroles, and geysers. These are surface features that are linked (through faults and fractures) to the subsurface hydrothermal reservoir. Geothermal energy can be harnessed by drilling into hydrothermal reservoirs […]

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 […]

USGS Hydrologist to Give Public Lecture on the Role of Groundwater on Heat Flow in the Columbia Basin

Erick Burns, a USGS hydrologist at the Oregon Water Science Center in Portland, is in the final stages of publishing the results of modeling groundwater and heat flow in the Columbia Basin. He’s graciously agreed to come to Olympia to give a presentation about the results of the work. All are welcome. Anyone interested in […]