Saturday, January 01, 2011

Four years of blogging

Today marks the 4th anniversary of blogging at Arizona Geology and the start of year 5.

This afternoon, I looked back at my very first post, from January 1, 2007. In it, I laid out my philosophy and goals for the blog, not sure what I was getting into and how this would work out. Now, after 2325 posts I think I'm getting the hang of it. And I think I'm largely achieving the goals laid out four years ago. Thanks to all of you for your comments, suggestions, encouragement, criticisms, and ideas for posts.

So, it seems appropriate to reprint that first post:
Arizonans depend on groundwater for life, minerals to build our communities and create jobs, and amazing geologic scenery for tourism and our own enjoyment. Arizona recently became the fastest growing state in the nation, putting increased demands on our natural resources and reigniting concerns about the environmental impact of all this growth. Then there are natural disasters such as floods, landslides, debris flows, earth fissures, and earthquakes that threaten our homes and lives.

On top of that, our university geology programs are among the best in the country. We are the number one mining state in the nation and global demand for copper and uranium are drawing renewed interest in mineral exploration. The State's expanded Renewable Portfolio Standard, requiring 15% of our electricity to come from renewable energy sources, is generating re-examination of our geothermal resources.

Clearly, understanding our geology is critical to all Arizonans. Yet, one of the things I noticed when I came to Tucson a year ago is the fragmented nature of news coverage around Arizona. There is no state-wide newspaper or tv news. As a result, important geology-related news reported in one metropolitan area is often ignored elsewhere around the state.

The intersection of all this creates a need for collecting and sharing current activities, news, and opinions in the geosciences within the Arizona earth science community and to broader audiences. So, this site is an experiment.

My job as State Geologist of Arizona encompasses different responsibilities from my task as Director of the Arizona Geological Survey, giving me reign to work to ensure a healthy, dynamic, and robust earth science enterprise to benefit the State and the profession.

Within that scope, I'd like to try using this forum to
1. share news, ideas, opinions, and help foster a greater community sense in the geosciences,
2. reach out to the larger community to let them know how the geosciences affect all our lives, and
3. re-engage the public in better understanding of the nature and process of science.

Lee Allison
State Geologist and Director
Arizona Geological Survey


  1. Anonymous8:56 PM

    Thanks for 4 years of great info. Looking forward to another year of interesting posts.


  2. Anonymous7:51 AM

    Lee-- Thank you for continuing to provide such a great service. Your blogs are very interesting and provide information to those of us in the geology profession as well as to the larger community so that all are more aware of what's happening in the geosciences in Arizona and the world. I really appreciate your efforts to keep the blog going. Thank you!!!!