Wyoming State Geological Survey
     Wallace Ulrich
     Director, WSGS
Wyoming State Geological Survey
P.O. Box 1347
Laramie, WY 82073


News Release
November 16, 2011


Wyoming State Geological Survey Releases 10 New Geologic Maps

State Geologist and Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) Director Wallace Ulrich today announced the publishing of 10 new maps for specific areas in Wyoming, providing geologic information to address water, aggregate and mineral resources, surficial processes, and earthquake hazards, as well as a map on a potential new geothermal area for energy production in northwest Wyoming.

“A full year of work by our geologists is providing extremely important and timely information on Wyoming’s endowment, our natural resources,” Ulrich said. This project is in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that provided the funding, which was matched by the state Legislature, he said. “These maps provide fundamental science for policy decisions and are based on many years of work and continually upgraded, Ulrich said. “In addition, in the next year we will have available county-based surficial and bedrock geological maps to use for public policy decisions.”

This year’s WSGS statemap collection ranges from surface maps depicting the condition of rocks and deposits found on the surface of the land, to bedrock geology maps for specific regional areas. The maps are available to purchase in both print and CD/DVD formats. To place an order, log on to http://sales.wsgs.uwyo.edu/catalog/index.php, call (307) 766-2286, ex. 224, or visit the WSGS headquarters on the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie.

Director Ulrich said, “Seth Wittke, one of our talented geologists, has been appointed to lead the WSGS statemap program and will work with Deputy Director Jason Rolfe to see that the program continues.”

For more than 17 years the WSGS has developed site-specific statemaps for wide distribution. This effort is made possible through the USGS’ National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program. “The objective of this program is to establish the geologic framework of areas that are vital to the welfare of individual states,” Wittke said. “In Wyoming, land use decisions and the development of energy resources requires knowledge of regional geology, including structural geology and tectonics, stratigraphy, geomorphology, and our geologic history,” he said.

WSGS scientists use a variety of tools and information to interpret Wyoming’s geologic history and to evaluate its resources. The WSGS divides the state into priority areas for the map projects. Following the fieldwork and data collection activities, the scientists then coordinate with WSGS Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialists to compile the information for developing the digitized map products.

“Our mapping projects are primarily used to create a geologic framework for the formation and occurrence of energy, mineral, and water resources in the state,” Wittke said. WSGS geologic maps are used by a wide audience – from county planners to state and federal land managers, members of academia to industry leaders.

The new statemaps are $25 for rolled printouts and $10 for a CD/DVD. The following is the list from the WSGS “Online Store” at www.wsgs.uwyo.edu:

  1. Geologic map of the Baggs 30' x 60' Quadrangle, Carbon and Sweetwater Counties, Wyoming, and Moffatt and Routt Counties, Colorado (WSGS-2011-MS-95; rolled printout and CD/DVD)
  2. Geologic Map of the Bairoil 30' x 60' Quadrangle, Carbon, Fremont, Sweetwater and Natrona Counties, Wyoming (WSGS-2011-MS-86; rolled printout and CD/DVD)
  3. Preliminary Surficial Geologic Map of the Bairoil 30' x 60' Quadrangle, Carbon, Sweetwater, Fremont, and Natrona Counties, Wyoming (WSGS-2011-OFR-04; rolled printout and CD/DVD)
  4. Preliminary Geologic Map of the Best Ranch Quadrangle, Albany County, Wyoming (WSGS-2011-OFR-07; rolled printout and CD/DVD)
  5. Surficial Geologic Map of the Farson 30' x 60' Quadrangle, Sweetwater, Sublette and Fremont Counties, Wyoming (WSGS-2011-MS-84; rolled printout and CD/DVD)
  6. Preliminary Bedrock Geologic Map of the Farson 30' x 60' Quadrangle, Sweetwater, Sublette and Fremont Counties, Wyoming (WSGS-2011-OFR-06; rolled printout and CD/DVD)
  7. Preliminary Surficial Geologic Map of the Lysite 30' x 60' Quadrangle, Natrona, Fremont, Hot Springs, and Johnson Counties, Wyoming (WSGS-2011-OFR-02; rolled printout and CD/DVD)
  8. Preliminary Surficial Geologic Map of the Rattlesnake Hills 30' x 60' Quadrangle, Natrona and Fremont Counties, Wyoming (WSGS-2011-OFR-03; rolled printout and CD/DVD)
  9. Preliminary Geologic Map of the Shirley Basin 30' x 60' Quadrangle, Carbon, Natrona, Albany, and Converse Counties, Wyoming (WSGS-2011-OFR-08, rolled printout and CD/DVD)
  10. Preliminary Surficial Geologic Map of the South Pass 30' x 60' Quadrangle, Sweetwater, and Fremont Counties, Wyoming (WSGS-2011-OFR-05; rolled printout and CD/DVD)

For additional information on the WSGS geologic mapping efforts, log on to www.wsgs.uwyo.edu/GeologyBySubject/geologic_mapping.aspx.

 

Contact: Chamois Andersen
(307) 766-2286 x231
chamois.andersen@wyo.gov