Arizona Geology: earthquakes, potash and education

The Arizona Geological Survey has just released its newest issue of Arizona Geology Magazine. This issue features photos of earth fissures in Cochise County and an update on seismicity in Arizona. Seismometers recorded 17 earthquakes in Arizona from January to March.

Also featured is “SCINEWS” a link between classroom content and everyday life through the use of science current events. This adds relevancy to science education.

The new issue presents a summary of oil and gas activities in Arizona. Included within that article is a report on Potash mining. What’s that? Potash is potassium salts used mainly for fertilizers. Exploration is being conducted west of Petrified Forest National Park near Holbrook. Mining is usually by in situ solution extraction rather than digging holes.

Also featured  are papers on evaluation of basins for carbon dioxide sequestration and geothermal potential.

There are also links to new, downloadable publications. One not to miss is a paper on geological hazards in Sabino Canyon. You can see the whole issue here.