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12/23/2013 - The 2013 LGS Newsletter is out!

The 2013 LGS newsletter is out and can be read here.


02/01/2013 - Assistant Director Johnston retires

After many years of service, John Johnston III has retired from the Louisiana Geological Survey. In over thirty years at the LGS, John served the LGS as a Senior Research Geologist, as Chief Economic Geologist, as Assistant Director, and as Deputy Director, and also served for several years as the acting head of the LGS. LGS emergency support teams under John's leadership, detached from the LGS during critical emergencies, have been repeatedly commended for their emergency, scientific support, mapping, and search and rescue efforts during and after hurricanes - including Andrew, Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike - and have been credited with saving lives. John is a Certified Professional Geologist and is the recipient of a Louisiana Governor's Award for outstanding public service. John is also a published fiction and non-fiction author and a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA); he received its highest award in 2011. John is a past president and past director of the Baton Rouge Geological Society. He was appointed by Governor Jindal to the Louisiana Board of Professional Geoscientists in 2012.

John will continue to work for the university as a part-time faculty member.


01/17/2013 - David Dismukes of LSU'S Center for Energy Studies on Unconventional Natural Gas

David Dismukes' opinion piece on unconventioanl natural gas can be read here.


01/03/2013 - The 2012 LGS newsletter is out!

The 2012 LGS newsletter is out and can be read here.


10/07/2012 - New 100K maps available!
Our new Terrebonne and New Orleans 100K maps are now available from the Publications section of our web site, as well as a statewide compendium of all of our 100K maps to date.

06/04/2012 - 2011 Atchafalaya Basin Inundation Data Collection and Damage Assessment Project is now available in PDF form via Print On Demand
The "2011 Atchafalaya Basin Inundation Data Collection and Damage Assessment Project" by Douglas Carlson, Marty Horn, Thomas Van Biersel and David Fruge is out and can be obtained via Print On Demand. Please contact Patrick O'Neill at 225-578-8590 or poneil2@lsu.edu to make purchasing arrangements.

01/13/2012 - The 2011 LGS newsletter is now available

The 2011 LGS newsletter is out and can be read here.


01/09/2012 - LGS Geothermal Energy Research Cited in AAPG Publication
The January 2012 edition of the AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) Explorer, which has worldwide circulation, features Chacko John, Louisiana Geological Survey director, state geologist and research professor, discussing the U.S. Department of Energy's research program on geopressured-geothermal resources. LGS, along with all 50 states, is participating in a three-year, DOE-funded project to compile a National Geothermal Data System (NGDS), now in its second year, which will make data available to companies that seek to develop geothermal energy resources. The article recognizes LGS's previous work in geothermal energy along the Gulf Coast, including a DOE-funded program from 1975 to 1992 that gathered geological, engineering, environmental and economic information to determine the viability of development of the resource. John said the current interest in alternative energy sources indicates that now may be the appropriate time to pursue geopressured-geothermal resource development. To view the Explorer article, go to http://www.aapg.org/explorer/2012/01jan/hot_water0112.cfm?zbrandid=4051&zidType=CH&zid=9557021&zsubscriberId=1001006817&zbdom=http://aapg.informz.net

09/23/2011 - Governor Jindal Procliams Earth Science Week

At the request of the Louisiana Geological Survey, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has proclaimed October 9-15, 2011 as "Earth Science Week" in the State of Louisiana. You can download a copy of the proclamation from here.


08/28/2011 - LGS Newsletter archive available for download

The LGS has made all of our newsletters from 2000 to 2010 available online in one archive (.zip) file for your convenience. You can download it now from here.


08/24/2011 - The 2011 LGS Publications Catalog is out

The 2011 LGS Publications Catalog is out and can be read here.


08/23/2011 - Louisiana Geological Survey Publishes New State Parks Series, New Geologic Quadrangle Maps
The Louisiana Geological Survey has published two documents in its new State Parks and Lands publication series, which summarize the geology, mineral resources, natural regions of Fontainebleau State Park and the Port Hudson State Historic Site. The Fontainebleau document includes the park's archaeological sites and its environs, as well as data sources and a glossary. The Port Hudson document provides a history of the Port Hudson State Historic Site and National Historic Landmark and surrounding areas. It includes data sources and a historic map, a soil report, a gallery of photographs, related links, and a self-guided driving trip. The LGS has also published two new 30 x 60 minute geologic quadrangle maps (1:100,000 scale) of the surface geology of the New Orleans and Terrebonne Bay quadrangles in the south Louisiana delta plain. The colorful 28"x 46" maps identify the various surface geologic formations and their composition, and the locations of fault lines and waterways. In addition to rendering the geologic framework of the surface of these areas, the maps can serve as a potential guide to derivative engineering properties of surface materials, such as in connection with the design and construction of flood-protection structures. These and other LGS geologic maps and publications are available from the LGS at 225-578-8590 or via the LGS catalog, available online here.


11/15/2010 - Ron Zimmerman passes away
Retired LGS petroleum geologist Ron Zimmerman passed away on Saturday, November 13th. Ron worked as a geologist with the Basin Research Institute and the LGS since 1991. He will be missed.

09/29/2010 - Louisiana Geological Survey Publishes Geologic Quadrangle Map for Monroe Area
As part of its legislatively mandated mission to map the state, the LGS has published the Monroe South 30 x 60 minute Geologic Quadrangle map (1: 100,000 scale), which describes and illustrates the surface geology of the South Monroe area. The colorful 28"x 48" map identifies the various geologic formations, composition of the surface soils and locations of fault lines and waterways. The Monroe South map and the other quadrangle maps published by LGS are available from LGS publications, which can be reached at 225-578-8590 or via the LGS catalog, available online at http://www.lgs.lsu.edu/deploy/publications/publicationcatalog.php

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