KMSB "Fox-11 Forum," 11/20/11, 7:30 AM & KTTU "In Focus," 11/27/11, 10:30 AM

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

Host Bob Lee interviews Mike Conway, Chief of the Geologic Extension office of the Arizona Geological Survey. AZGS was established by the Arizona Legislature to investigate and describe the geology of Arizona and to educate and inform the public.

Conway says AZGS issues numerous maps and publications, maintains a large geological library, performs geologic mapping, and assesses geologic hazards.  He says all the date compiled by the various incarnations of the agency since the 70’s has been digitized and is now available on-line.

Conway talks about earthquakes and says it’s unlikely that any major quake could occur in Arizona but there are underground conditions near Douglas that could one day cause an earthquake.  He also talks about earth fissures.  He says they are associated with basin subsidence that accompanies
extensive ground water mining. He says the rapid population growth that occurred in southern Arizona is increasingly juxtaposing population centers and fissures.

Conway also discusses geothermal energy, which he says is basically generated from warm water below the earths surface.  He says Arizona is particularly well-suited for development of solar, wind, and geothermal energy resources. He says AZGS is spearheading a coalition of about 45 state geological surveys to populate a new National Geothermal Data System.