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 […]

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 […]

Washington State Geology Library Launches New Online Catalog

The Washington Geology Library now has a new catalog. This tool will make it easier to access materials available in the library and online. The catalog can be accessed from the library website ( or by selecting the following link: Select the HELP link at the top of the catalog to learn more about useful […]

Seabeck-Poulsbo Geologic Map Now Available as 3D PDF

3D PDF files are a fun way to explore the relationships between topography, surface geology, and subsurface geology (represented by cross sections and borehole data). What’s even better is that no expensive or special software is needed to view them! Files can be viewed and manipulated with the freely-available Adobe® Reader®. Users can zoom, pan, […]

Geology Portal Gets Updated

Whether a newbie to DGER’s online geologic information portal or an old hat at using it, you’ll be interested to know that we have just released the latest version of it to the public! The latest version runs on Esri’s ArcGIS for Server 10.1 platform, but there won’t be a noticeable difference to the way […]

Celebrate Earth Day-KMZ style!

Happy Earth Day geology enthusiasts! We are celebrating Earth Day by announcing our new WA State geology Google Earth overlays! Have you ever wished you could view the surface geology information that we offer on our portal as a Google Earth overlay? Now you can! We have generated 39 .kmz files (one per county) that […]

Rain, Rain, Go Away…

The end of November is typically the wettest two weeks of the year, and today is statistically the wettest of 2012. In Washington State, prolonged or intense rainfall means landslides.Today, amidst the reports of several slides and road closures, the National Weather Service office in Seattle has issued a special weather statement warning for elevated […]

Launch of the Seismic Scenarios Catalog

Today Washington State Geological Survey scientists were on hand as John Schelling, earthquake program manager for the Washington Military Department Emergency Management Division (EMD), presented a live webinar release of the Seismic Scenario Catalog, hosted through DNR in a GIS environment. The catalog is a compilation of results from 20 scenario models run using FEMA’s […]

Welcome to Washington State Geology News

In Washington State we count ourselves fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful and geologically active states in the nation. Our majestic mountains, picturesque volcanoes, rugged coastlines, and hilly terrain are products of the geologic forces that formed them. We can experience their constant evolution through events such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and […]