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North Dakota Geological Society

The main goal of the ND Geological Society is to increase the awareness of geology and earth science in the everyday lives of people. The society provides educational materials to schools, sponsor educational events, and have provided help or funding to many special projects throughout the state. Monthly meetings very often include a presentation on some aspect of geology or earth science, by one of the members or by nationally recognized experts. The Geologram, a monthly newsletter, is sent out to members with meeting announcements, treasury reports, and minutes of the last meeting. The North Dakota Geological Society also seeks nominations for their annual North Dakota Earth Science Teacher of the Year award. The North Dakota Geological Society has published or co-published a large number of journals and symposium reports dealing with the geology of North Dakota and the Williston Basin. These publications are great references, and give a tremendous amount of background data about the Williston Basin. All of the Publications of the North Dakota Geological Society are available electronically on DVD, through the AAPG website. Seventeen volumes published by the North Dakota Geological Society, representing the E&P geology of the Northern (USA) Plains, from 1952 through 1995, including 11 special volumes (including guidebooks) describing regional geology and 6 volumes, Williston Basin Symposia, hosted and published by NDGS.

The North Dakota Geological Survey was created by an act of the North Dakota Legislature in 1895. After more than 110 years, the Survey still serves as the primary source of geological information in the state. Its mission over the years has grown and is now three-fold, investigating the geology of North Dakota, administering regulatory programs and act in an advisory capacity to other state agencies, providing public service to the people of North Dakota.

The Geological Survey publishes maps and reports on the mineralogical, paleontological, and geochemical resources of North Dakota, including oil and gas, coal, uranium, clay, sand and gravel, volcanic ash, potash and other salts, etc. In addition to the mapping of subsurface resources, the Survey is actively mapping surface geology throughout the state with an emphasis on urban areas and the identification of geohazards such as landslides. Survey publications support the regulatory programs of the Industrial Commission, as well as other state and federal agencies, and assist mineral companies, geotechnical consulting firms, city and county governments, landowners, and citizens of the state. The North Dakota Geological Survey regulates coal exploration, subsurface mineral exploration and development (this includes all elements, minerals, and compounds other than oil and gas, sand and gravel, and coal), geothermal facilities (both commercial and residential), the Class III Underground Injection Control Program, and paleontological resources on state-owned lands.

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