Our Mission. The Arizona Geological Survey (AZGS) chief objective is to inform, advise, and educate the public about Arizona's geologic setting, and to encourage prudent development of Arizona's land, water, mineral, and energy resources.
We accomplish our mission through fundamental geologic research - geologic mapping, mineral assessment, and geohazard evaluation - and by broadly disseminating the results of that work. History. The Arizona Geological Survey is the latest in a line of academic departments and state agencies serving the people of the Arizona Territory and now the State of Arizona. In 1883, then Territorial of Arizona Governor Tritle, requested federal assistance in establishing a geologic survey for the Territory. The U.S. Congress responded in 1888 by creating the post of Territorial Geologist of Arizona. The unpaid position of Territorial Geologist went first to John F. Blandy, who served until the mid-1890s. Upon gaining statehood in 1912, the position of Territorial Geologist was abolished.
Territorial and State Geologic Agencies of Arizona from 1888 to Present
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|| Survey Name
|| Arizona Geological Survey
|| Arizona Bureau of Geology and Mineral Technology
|| Arizona Bureau of Mines
|| The University of Arizona Bureau of Mines
|| Office of the Territorial Geologist
The Arizona Geological Survey (AZGS) was established as an independent state agency on July 1, 1988. In 1991, the Survey became the institutional home of Arizona’s Oil and Gas Conservation Committee- a five-member commission charged with supporting and monitoring oil and gas exploration in the state. With the support of the US Geological Survey, we opened, “Tucson Earth Science Information Center” in August 1992. AZGS moved to its present location, 416 W. Congress St., Tucson, in July
Networks & Partnerships. AZGS networks with a host of geosciences agencies and societies in joint support of our collective mission to illuminate the role of the Earth sciences in meeting the needs of human society. Our network friends include: US Geological Survey, Association of American State Geologists, Arizona Geological Society, Arizona State Park, Arizona Dept. of Water Resources, Arizona Dept. of Mines and Mineral Resources, COPUS, OneGeology, and Year of Science 2009, among others.
Our partnership with the US Geological Survey provides partial funding for our role in the nationwide State Maps program. We collaborate with the Arizona Geological Society on developing and disseminating publications of both local and international significance. Resources. The AZGS Library, open M-F from 8:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m., is located at 401 W. Congress St., Tucson, Arizona. Library holdings total more than 15,000 volumes. Our collection of Arizona publications, reports, and geologic maps is particularly rich makes up the foundation of the library. Of course, we hold all reports, circulars, bulletins, and geologic maps and cross-sections published by the Arizona Geological Survey and its predecessor agencies.
Other Services. We also host a myriad collection of geologic guidebooks, fieldtrips, reports, and circulars for California -- this is our most robust out-of-state collection -- Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and to a much lesser extent, Oklahoma. Our other chief holdings include:
- Arizona Water Resources Bulletins
- Arizona Department of Mines and Minerals Resources publications
- Arizona County Soil Maps
- Select theses and dissertations pertaining to Arizona geology
- University of Arizona Geodaze Papers
- USGS Bulletins
- USGS Miscellaneous Investigations Series
- USGS Circulars
- USGS Miscellaneous Map Series
- USGS Water Resource Papers
- US Dept of Interior: Bureau of Mines - Report of Investigations
- Numerous general & specialized geology and geophysics texts.
- Arizona Geological Society Indexes and Field Trips.
- A Rock Core Library
- Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Rock Cuttings
- Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Well Logs
Director & Staff. AZGS’s current director, M. Lee Allison, is also Arizona’s State Geologist. For a full listing of AZGS Staff and staff profiles visit www.azgs.az.gov/staff.shtml. For web-based information: www.azgs.az.gov.
ContactDr. Michael Conway
Arizona Geological Survey
416 W Congress Street, Suite 100
Tucson, AZ 85701
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