Hot Out of the Mantle…

Today, DGER brings you three new volcano-related resources: Volcano hazards are now on our portal and available in GIS format We have a new volcanoes webpage — you’ll lava it! We’ve just released a series of posters for Volcano Preparedness Month. Portal Update A new layer is now available on our Geologic Information Portal. The […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Seattle Times article profiles our Seismic Scenario Catalog, sends tremors through system

Yesterday’s article published in the Seattle Times, profiling the DNR-hosted Seismic Scenarios Catalog, prompted so many hits to our site that many users received intermittent service error notifications. Rest assured, we are working on this issue and expect service to return to normal soon. We first blogged about the Seismic Scenarios Catalog on its public […]

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 […]

Landslide season is upon us!

As you are no doubt aware, summer sun has now given way to fall clouds and rain in western Washington. Unsurprisingly, this weather transition marks the beginning of landslide season. Landslide events impact many more than just landowners of slide locales; resulting power outages, water supply disruptions, and impassable roads have wide-reaching effects, making it […]