Update from the Virginia DGMR

From an e-mail I got today from the Virginia State Geologist:

Hello everyone,
It’s been a busy summer here at the Division of Geology and Mineral Resources.  I’d like to highlight three significant advances:

1. Geologic maps.  We’re working hard to publish our backlog of field-complete-but-not-yet-publicly-available geologic maps.  Newest available quads are Chesterfield, Dublin, and Radford South.  We also have an interesting map by students and faculty at the College of William and Mary focused on the Hardware-Seven Islands section of the James River (Buckingham and Fluvanna Counties).  All of these maps are available as free downloads from the Open File Report section of our website:


2.  More free downloads.  Many items in our Web Store are now available for free download.  Curiously, I’m hoping that this will actually increase sales!  Items that have been out of print for awhile are not yet in there, but they’re coming soon.  Check it out at https://www.dmme.virginia.gov/commerce/.

3.  Searchable databases.  We have two new ways to search DGMR holdings: a text-based interface and an interface using Google Maps technology.  Both are works-in-progress.  The Google-based interactive map is especially quirky, because our programmers recommended only displaying 26 items at a time to reduce the risk of slow performance and crashes.  I would be pleased to receive your comments on either or both of these new tools.  You can find them under “News and Announcements” on our home page – http://www.dmme.virginia.gov/divisionmineralresources.shtml.

I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at the Virginia Geological Field Conference in October.  In the meantime, enjoy the remains of the summer.


David B. Spears, PG
State Geologist
Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy
Division of Geology and Mineral Resources
900 Natural Resources Drive, Suite 500
Charlottesville, VA 22903


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