| Year : 2018 (10)
Are You Ready to Shake?
9/17/2018 11:00 AM|
More than 6 million Californians already have registered for the Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill. Practice how to drop, cover, and hold on in the event of a big quake at 10:18 a.m. on October 18. Visit The Great California ShakeOut web site for more information.
CGS Deployed to Identify Post-Fire Debris Flow Hazards
9/17/2018 10:00 AM|
One of the many services provided by the California Geological Survey is post-wildfire assessment of the potential for debris flows. Working with CAL FIRE, CGS sent a crew of geologists to San Bernardino County to map potential debris flow hazards in the Holy Fire burn area. Learn more about debris flows and other landslides at our Types of Landslides page
Map Sheet 52 (2018 update): Aggregate Sustainability in California - Fifty-Year Aggregate Demand Compared to Permitted Aggregate Reserves
7/16/2018 2:00 PM|
The building and paving industries in California consume large quantities of aggregate, and future demand for this commodity is expected to increase throughout California. Aggregate materials are essential to modern society, both to maintain the existing infrastructure and to provide for new construction. Map Sheet 52 is a statewide overview of projected future aggregate needs and currently permitted reserves. The purpose of the map is to compare projected aggregate demand for the next 50 years with currently permitted aggregate reserves in various regions of the state. The map also shows the projected years of permitted reserves remaining and highlights regions where less than 10 years of permitted aggregate supply remain. Map Sheet 52 was originally published in 2002 and subsequently updated in 2006 and 2012; this 2018 release is an update of the version published in 2012.
View/download the full release statement (PDF document) - The release statement provides background information and a summary of findings, as well as pricing for printed versions of the map.
Links to the Report and Map
View/download 'Map Sheet 52 (2018 update): Aggregate Sustainability in California - Fifty-Year Aggregate Demand Compared to Permitted Aggregate Reserves' (4 MB PDF document)
View/download the Report (PDF document) - The report provides detailed information, and is divided into three parts:
- Part I - provides data sources and methods used to derive the information presented.
- Part II - compares the updated 2018 Map Sheet 52 to the prior (2012) map.
- Part III - provides an overview of construction aggregate.
Landslides, Geomorphology, and Geology of the Owl Creek and Iaqua Buttes 7.5’ Quadrangles, Humboldt County, California
7/6/2018 2:00 PM|
CGS is pleased to announce the release of two new geologic maps: Landslides, Geomorphology, and Geology of the Owl Creek 7.5’ Quadrangle, Humboldt County, California, and
Landslides, Geomorphology, and Geology of the Iaqua Buttes 7.5’ Quadrangle, Humboldt County, California, both by James N. Falls, Gerald J. Marshall, Don R. Braun, and Shannon M.B. Utley. Both maps are available as downloadable PDF files.
The Owl Creek Quadrangle straddles the boundary of the Coastal and Central Belt portions of the Franciscan complex, and is underlain by three distinct northwest trending fault-bounded packages of sedimentary rocks. From west to east, late Pleistocene- to Miocene-aged marine and non-marine overlap deposits of the Wildcat Group are faulted against rhythmically interbedded Eocene- to Paleocene-aged sediments of the Yager Terrane (Coastal Belt) along the Little Salmon fault. The Yager Terrane rocks are faulted against Paleogene- to late Cretaceous- aged tectonic mélange of the Central Belt along the Freshwater fault. The faults are related to initial emplacement of Franciscan complex rocks along the western edge of North America, and more recent faulting related to northwest migration of the Mendocino Triple Junction. Age of faulting within the Owl Creek Quadrangle may be late Quaternary, however, faulting on the Little Salmon fault northwest in the adjacent Hydesville Quadrangle is considered Holocene based on relatively fresh scarps and topographic lineaments observed in recent alluvium.
The Iaqua Buttes Quadrangle straddles the boundary of the Coastal and Central Belt of the Franciscan complex, and is underlain by two distinct northwest trending fault-bounded packages of sedimentary rocks. From west to east, rhythmically interbedded and sheared Eocene- to Paleocene-aged sediments of the Yager Terrane (Coastal Belt) are faulted against Paleogene- to late Cretaceous-aged tectonic mélange of the Central Belt along the Freshwater Fault. The Freshwater fault is related to initial emplacement of Franciscan complex rocks along the western edge of North America and shows evidence of early Quaternary movement.
These are the first two maps in a series of adjacent geologic maps that will include Owl Creek, Iaqua Buttes, Mad River Buttes, and Yager Junction.
Download the map, 'Landslides, Geomorphology, and Geology of the Owl Creek 7.5’ Quadrangle, Humboldt County, California'
Download the map, 'Landslides, Geomorphology, and Geology of the Iaqua Buttes 7.5’ Quadrangle, Humboldt County, California'
California’s Non-Fuel Mineral Production in 2016
6/12/2018 8:00 AM|
The California Geological Survey provides an annual summary of the state’s mineral production exclusive of oil, gas, geothermal, and coal. In 2016, California ranked fourth among the states in non-fuel mineral production, accounting for approximately 4.5 % of the United States total. There were 663 active mines in the state producing non-fuel minerals during 2016. The total market value of production was $3.4 billion. In terms of value, the top five non-fuel minerals produced in 2016 were construction sand and gravel, portland cement, boron minerals, crushed stone, and soda ash.
Download the report, 'California Non-Fuel Minerals 2016'
Follow this link to learn more about California’s Non-Fuel Mineral Production
Earthquake Hazards Search is easier with EQ Zapp
California Geological Survey unveils web application to help public locate Earthquake Hazard Zones
3/21/2018 10:00 AM|
The California Earthquake Hazards Zone Application is an online map that allows anyone with a computer, tablet or smartphone to conveniently check whether a property is in an earthquake hazard zone. With this tool, you can type in an address or use the location capability of your computer or mobile device to determine whether a property lies within any of CGS’s mapped earthquake hazard zones. It will also tell you if CGS has not yet evaluated the hazards in that area.
Follow this link to explore the California Earthquake Hazards Zone Application
Anniversary of the 1933 Long Beach Earthquake
3/10/2018 8:00 AM|
On March 10, 1933, a large earthquake tore thru the city of Long Beach, California. Extensive damage to schools prompted the California State Legislature to pass the Field Act just one month after the earthquake. The Field Act authorizes the Division of the State Architect (DSA) to review and approve all public school plans and specifications and to furnish general supervision of the construction work. The California Geological Survey assists the DSA by reviewing geologic hazards affecting schools subject to the Field Act.
Follow this link to learn more about the 1933 Long Beach Earthquake and the Field Act
Special Report 240 - Update of Mineral Land Classification: Portland Cement Concrete-Grade Aggregate in the Western San Diego County Production-Consumption Region of California
2/16/2018 8:00 AM|
Major Revision to California Guide for Assessing Fault Rupture Hazards
1/11/2018 8:00 AM|
Several New and Revised Official Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zone maps and Seismic Hazard Zone maps
1/11/2018 8:00 AM|
CGS released two new and two revised Official Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zone maps, and eight new and two revised Official Seismic Hazard Zone maps.
Areas covered by new and revised AP Earthquake Fault Zone maps are within Los Angeles and Napa counties, and affect the cities of Beverly Hills, Culver City, Los Angeles, Napa, Santa Monica, Vallejo, and West Hollywood.
Areas covered by new and revised Seismic Hazard Zone maps are within Contra Costa, Riverside and San Mateo counties, and affect the cities of Antioch, Belmont, Brentwood, Burlingame, Foster City, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Murrieta, Oakley, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, and Temecula.
Follow this link to download the maps, reports and GIS data
| Year : 2017 (7)
SMIP17 Seminar on Utilization of Strong Motion Data
10/19/2017 8:00 AM|
CSMIP (California Strong Motion Instrumentation Program) holds annual seminars to transfer recent research findings on strong-motion data to practicing seismic design professionals, earth scientists and earthquake response personnel as part of its Data Interpretation Project. This seminar was held on October 19th at UC Berkeley. The seminar’s program included an invited presentation on the recent damaging Mexico earthquake.
Follow this link to learn more about SMIP seminars
Preliminary Geologic Map of the Cedarville 30’ × 60’ Quadrangle, Modoc County, California
10/9/2017 8:00 AM|
The Preliminary Geologic Map of the Cedarville 30’ × 60’ Quadrangle, Modoc County, California, by Thomas L.T. Grose, Anne E. Egger, and Matt D. O’Neal, is available as a downloadable PDF file with a companion pamphlet.
The Cedarville Quadrangle is the fourth and final map in a series of adjacent geologic maps, including (from south to north): Susanville, Eagle Lake, Alturas, and Cedarville. The Cedarville Quadrangle spans portions of the Basin and Range and Modoc Plateau geomorphic provinces, and is largely underlain by Tertiary age volcanic rocks and associated volcaniclastic sedimentary rocks. Major geologic features of the area include the Devils Garden Plateau, a region of horizontal strata with little structural relief, the Goose Lake Valley graben, the north-south – trending horst of the Warner Range and the Surprise Valley half graben. The Surprise Valley fault between the Warner Range and Surprise Valley is characterized by fresh scarps in modern alluvium associated with Holocene activity.
Download Preliminary Geologic Map of the Cedarville 30’ × 60’ Quadrangle, Modoc County, California
Download companion pamphlet containing explanatory text, tables and figures
Geologic Map of the Independence Lake and Hobart Mills 7.5’ Quadrangles, Sierra and Nevada Counties, California
10/9/2017 8:00 AM|
CGS is pleased to announce the release of a new geologic map, Geology of the Independence Lake and Hobart Mills 7.5’ Quadrangles, Sierra and Nevada Counties, California (Map Sheet 63), by Arthur Gibbs Sylvester and Gary L. Raines. The map is available only as a printed product from CGS Publications. Price is just $30 each.
This new map covers a portion of the northern Sierra Nevada, just north of Donner Lake and the town of Truckee. The map represents the work of the authors with contributions from 32 students and graduate teaching assistants. Cretaceous hornblende-biotite granodiorite, Miocene and Pliocene andesitic lava flows and volcaniclastic deposits are the principal rock types in the map region. Large areas are covered with Pleistocene glacial drift related to at least three stages of glaciation. Two major fault zones strike northwestward through the region. The faults represent the westward incursion of Basin and Range faulting into this part of the northeastern Sierra Nevada.
Follow this link to order the map or other CGS Publications
California ranks sixth among the states in Non-Fuel Mineral Production in 2015
7/28/2017 8:00 AM|
In 2015, California non-fuel mineral production accounted for approximately 4.2 % of the United States total. There were 717 active mines in the state and the total market value of production was $3.6 billion.
Download 2015 California Non-Fuel Minerals report
Web Services for Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault and Seismic Hazard Mapping Zones
7/27/2017 8:00 AM|
The California Geological Survey (CGS) is pleased to announce the release of earthquake regulatory zone maps as a web services product that can be incorporated into geographic information systems (GIS). Access to these maps via the internet provides an alternative to downloading individual 7.5-minute quadrangle maps and an automated way to maintain the most up-to-date versions on individual systems.
The web-based earthquake hazard zone maps include:
- Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zones
- Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zone Fault Traces
- Seismic Hazard Zones for Earthquake-triggered Landslides
- Seismic Hazard Zones for Liquefaction
- Seismic Hazard Zones for Overlapping Areas of Landslide and Liquefaction
- Areas not evaluated for Landslide and Liquefaction Hazards.
Click here to access the earthquake hazard zone map data
Attributes included with these data provide links to reports on how the maps were prepared and to the PDF cartographic versions. Metadata pages are available at:
Access to the 7.5-minute quadrangle tile data is still available through the CGS Information Warehouse (http://maps.conservation.ca.gov/cgs/informationwarehouse). These data include GIS Shapefiles and metadata, GeoPDF cartographic maps, as well as associated reports.
Geological Gems of the California State Parks interactive web map
4/19/2017 8:00 AM|
California is a veritable treasure chest of nationally acclaimed natural landmarks and much adored scenery. This geologic legacy on display in the landscape can be observed throughout California's State Park system. The mission of California State Parks is "to provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state's extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation."
We selected exemplary units of the State Park system to highlight California's geologic legacy. The selected parks are dubbed "GeoGems." CGS Special Report 230 is a collection of more than fifty short articles explaining the geologic features of the "GeoGems" for the public.
Follow this link to explore the GeoGems interactive map
Updated Map Products for Alquist-Priolo Fault and Seismic Hazards Mapping Zones
4/13/2017 8:00 AM|
The CGS Seismic Hazards Program is pleased to announce a complete revamping of all regulatory earthquake hazard zone GIS files available through the CGS Information Warehouse. A significant upgrade also has been made to PDF versions of zone maps – Alquist-Priolo fault rupture hazard zones have been combined with liquefaction and earthquake-triggered landslide zones in 7.5-minute quadrangles where multiple zone types exist.
The CGS Seismic Hazards Program has significantly updated two versions of its regulatory hazard zone map products. First, all GIS data files (in ESRI Shapefile format) for fault rupture, liquefaction and earthquake-induced landslide zones have been re-projected to California (Teale) Albers, in meters, with a North American Datum 1983. In addition, all GIS zone polygons now include attributes that provide the name of the 7.5-minute quadrangle, map release date(s), and links to zone reports and PDF maps. Active fault traces within earthquake fault zones have attributes for fault name and fault type.
A second significant upgrade has been made to PDF versions of zone maps in counties where there are overlapping fault rupture, liquefaction and earthquake-induced landslide zones, and where official zone maps have been prepared since 2012. These PDF maps allow users to turn layers on and off to create custom displays. The updated map products can be viewed and downloaded from the CGS Information Warehouse.
Follow this link to explore the CGS Information Warehouse
NOTE: By adding the free TerraGo Toolbar to Acrobat Reader, users can read zone map attributes and other geographic information. Features of the TerraGo Toolbar include:
- Toggle layers on/off
- View coordinate displays for over 300 coordinate systems regardless of underlying coordinate system for the GeoPDF
- Identify and search for attributes within layers
- Coordinate searches
- Length and area measurements
- Drawing and Markups on the map which can be saved as shapefiles and other vector formats to later be imported into ArcGIS
Click here to learn how to obtain, install and use the free TerraGo Toolbar
| Year : 2016 (6)
In Memory of Jeffery Owen Tambert, 1942-2016
8/30/2016 8:00 AM|
We remember our friend and colleague Jeffery Owen Tambert who passed away on July 16, 2016.
In Memory of Dr. M. Lee Allison, 1948-2016
8/25/2016 8:00 AM|
CGS Publications Discontinues Walk-In Sales at Field Offices
8/15/2016 8:00 AM|
In Memory of Tom Montgomery Wootton, 1921-2016
6/2/2016 8:00 AM|
We remember our friend and colleague Tom Montgomery Wootton who passed away on May 31, 2016.
In Memory of Earl William Hart, 1927-2016
1/26/2016 8:00 AM|
We remember our friend and colleague Earl William Hart who passed away in early January.
California Landslide Inventory Update
1/21/2016 8:00 AM|
| Year : 2015 (4)
Index to California Mines in the Mining and Scientific Press
12/18/2015 8:00 AM|
The Index to California Mines in the Mining and Scientific Press is now available online. This index provides access to records of historic mine activity (1860-1922) in California.
Click here to explore the M&SP index
Web Map: Wildfire Perimeters and Deep Landslide Susceptibility
11/10/2015 8:00 AM|
Interactive web maps for the 2010 Fault Activity Map and 2010 Geologic Map of California
7/28/2015 8:00 AM|
2015 Update to the Long-term Earthquake Forecast for California
3/10/2015 8:00 AM|
USGS, CGS, and SCEC have updated the Third California Earthquake Rupture Forecast (UCERF3).
| Year : 2014 (7)
Publication Release: Map Sheet 62-Geology of Ring Mountain and Tiburon Peninsula
12/30/2014 8:00 AM|
Highly detailed geologic maps by David Bero of Sonoma State University cover the classic locality of Ring Mountain as well as the Tiburon Peninsula, located in southern Marin County, California. This area is well known for the number and variety of high-grade metamorphic blocks within the Franciscan Complex. The variety of temperature and pressure conditions recorded by the metamorphic blocks at Ring Mountain have made this area a key laboratory for the understanding of the subduction process represented by the surrounding Franciscan Complex. Detailed geologic mapping and petrographic analyses reveal that Ring Mountain and the Tiburon Peninsula are underlain by four distinct structural units separated by low-angle faults. The structurally highest unit consists of partially serpentinized peridotite (harzburgite), a possible remnant of the Coast Range Ophiolite. The underlying unit is the structurally thin Ring Mountain serpentinite-matrix mélange. Entrained within, and commonly eroded from, the mélange matrix are exotic blocks of variable size, shape, and metamorphic grade. The Ring Mountain serpentinite-matrix mélange is underlain by the Tiburon Ridge Terrane, consisting of blueschist facies, schistose metagraywacke and related lithologies. The structurally lowest unit within the area, referred to as the Metalitharenite of Reed Station, is dominated by prehnite-pumpellyite facies metalitharenite. These maps, focused on the geology and structure of Ring Mountain and the adjoining Tiburon Peninsula, provide background and context for numerous detailed studies.
This report is available as printed maps at 1:6,000 and 1:12,000 scales with an accompanying 34 page pamphlet. A limited number of rolled maps are available on request (please specify when ordering; additional shipping and handling costs apply).
Click here to order Map Sheet 62-Geology of Ring Mountain and Tiburon Peninsula
Publication Release: Map Sheet 61-Geologic Map of Part of Eastern Placer County, Northern Sierra Nevada
11/7/2014 8:00 AM|
This geologic map shows the distribution of major rock types that make up the Sierra Nevada
in part of eastern Placer County, west of Lake Tahoe and south of Interstate 80. Topographically,
the western slope of the Sierra Nevada is relatively gentle, while the eastern slope is steep and
broken by late Cenozoic faults along which the range is being uplifted and tilted westward. Part of
the eastern range-front fault system crosses the map area between Donner Pass and Lake Tahoe
and separates large tracts of Paleozoic and Mesozoic metamorphic and plutonic rocks exposed in
the west from Tertiary and Quaternary volcanic rocks in the Truckee and Tahoe basins to the east.
Metamorphosed Paleozoic and Mesozoic oceanic and volcanic-arc rocks are exposed over much of
the map area. These include parts of the Shoo Fly Complex, an accretionary prism of oceanic rocks
and trench-fill deposits, overlying volcanic arc rocks of the
Taylorsville sequence and later Permian and Mesozoic rocks.
Intruding the metamorphic rocks are plutonic rocks of the Sierra
Nevada batholith, which range in age from Middle Jurassic to Early
Cretaceous. Tertiary volcanic rocks unconformably overlie the
metamorphic and plutonic rocks in large parts of the mapped area.
Evidence for four periods of Pleistocene glaciation is recognized in
extensive moraine, till, and outwash deposits along the upper
Truckee River and its tributaries.
This publication is available as a printed map at 1:48,000 scale
with an accompanying 37 page pamphlet.
Click here to order Map Sheet 61-Geologic Map of Part of Eastern Placer County, Northern Sierra Nevada
8/24/2014 8:00 AM|
In Memory of Rodger Chapman, 1925-2014
8/18/2014 8:00 AM|
In memory of Rodger Chapman (1925-2014). Rodger established and supervised the CGS Geophysics Program, which contributed greatly to our understanding of the subsurface geology of California.
Earthquake Scenarios for the Long Valley Caldera-Mono Lake area
6/30/2014 8:00 AM|
CGS School Project Reviews
2/25/2014 8:00 AM|
CGS can now accept electronic submittal of school projects. In addition, the 2013 CBC requires a “Site Data Report” be submitted. Click the article title to see more information about submitting school projects for CGS review.
Northridge Earthquake 20th Anniversary
1/17/2014 8:00 AM|
| Year : 2013 (4)
Tsunami Scenario: Magnitude 9 Alaska Earthquake
9/4/2013 8:00 AM|
CGS has partnered with the USGS Science Application for Risk Reduction (SAFRR) project to evaluate the effects of a statewide tsunami scenario generated by a magnitude 9 earthquake off Alaska.
Find CGS Maps and Reports at the Information Warehouse
7/5/2013 8:00 AM|
In Memory of Wesley G. Bruer, 1926-2013
1/9/2013 8:00 AM|
Wesley G. Bruer, California State Geologist and Chief of the California Division of Mines and Geology (California Geological Survey) from 1969 to 1973, passed away on January 4, 2013.
1/1/2013 8:00 AM|