Amazing Geology Destinations to Visit During Leaf Season

Another beautiful leaf season has arrived. Imagine the enjoyment and awe-inspiring beauty of driving through the stunning leaves. Here are five destinations with amazing geology that will also scratch your leaf-viewing itch for 2022.

Bar Harbor, Maine
Take a trip to Bar Harbor, Maine. The fall foliage will be dramatic and breathtaking. While you’re here visit the geologic treasure that is Acadia National Park. It is one of the top ten most visited parks in the United States. Watch the first sunrise in America from the rocky shoreline on Ocean Drive; then drive, bike or walk around the park taking in the spectacular views. The park boasts 16-foot-wide broken stone roads, which are, often referred to as an engineering wonder. Local workers quarried granite on Mound Desert Island to build the network of roads as well as 17 stone bridges.

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Geology Podcasts

By Sarah Kalika

Sometimes you just want to hear people talk about science.  If you’re like me (unapologetic nerd, particularly about geologic topics) and find yourself looking for some geology-themed audio for your road trips, commute, or just to fill some spare time with learning - check out these geology podcasts and YouTube series!  These are available wherever you get your podcasts, with more information online at their individual websites.

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Why You Should Always Use Remote Sensing Data

Ben Haugen, M.S.
Business Development Director – Geohazard Asset Management and Monitoring
[email protected]

Remote sensing technologies (including lidar, radar, satellite and aerial imaging, and others) have been used in the Engineering Geology field for decades. What has changed in recent years is that remote sensing is an almost ubiquitous, if not indispensable, tool for almost every project. From basic initial desktop studies and site investigations to massive infrastructure design and construction projects, remote sensing data can provide critical information that engineering geologists and geotechnical engineers need. In fact, I would argue that not including some form of remote sensing data in nearly every project would, at best, be foolish and at worst, criminal.

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Take a Friend or Student into the Field

(by William Godwin)

Being stuck inside doing research, managing projects or conducting online conferences can fulfill your job requirements or get you a promotion. However, if you are like me, you went into geology to be able to get outdoors, get some exercise and see geologic processes firsthand. The outdoors, whether in the high plains of Nebraska, the coastal plains of North Carolina or the cinder cones of central Oregon is a geologist’s laboratory. No need for a white lab coat!

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Your Professional Career Box Score

Original Blog Posted December 2020
Your Professional Career Box Score

I would like for all my geology colleagues to take just a few minutes and ask yourself a somewhat reflective and philosophical question. The answer of which may help you to define and realize the goals of your career, allowing you to maximize your professional potential. That question is; “What will the box score of your professional career read like?” Many of you senior geologists that are career focused will have already considered that question and are working hard to fulfill your career and professional goals. But some of you are likely to be focusing on your family, their education, work and many other of life’s demands that all of us deal with. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, especially when your children are young and I highly encourage you to make the most of the “golden years of parenthood.”

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Seabed mining: Environmental cost to meet demand for renewable energy technology

AEG Blog by William Godwin, PG, CEG. Past President of AEG


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How to Attend an AEG Chapter Meeting

By Phyllis Steckel, RG
AEG Region 7 Director

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AEG Celebrates Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

By William Godwin

This month is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. In honor of the geoscientists living along the “Ring of Fire”, AEG is providing some background on geologic hazards and events that have impacted humans in the Circum-Pacific area.

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Radon Investigation and Remediation

This blog originally appeared on July 6, 2021 and has been reissued.


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Be Prepared: Make an AEG Go Bag for Your Chapter Meetings

By Phyllis Steckel, RG; AEG Region 7 Director

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Applied Geologists and Geologic Hazard Assessment

This blog originally appeared on April 6, 2020 and has been reissued.

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Women’s History Month – American Women in the Geosciences

Women’s History Month – American Women in the Geosciences
By: Sarah Kalika

In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day (March 8), I’m guest-authoring this column highlighting some well-known American female geologists and outstanding women of AEG’s leadership who continue to inspire us.

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How Important is Field Work to my Career as an Applied Geologist?

This blog originally appeared on December 1, 2020 and has been reissued.

Of all the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math), geology may be the one science where it is perhaps the most instructive and imperative to do your most significant work outside of an office or lab. As the study of the Earth and its processes, you will benefit greatly from time spent in the field, observing, measuring and studying the movement and interplay between soil, rock, water, environmental factors and engineered works.

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Exploring Geoscience: The Adventure of a Vibrant Field!

The richness of our world is truly astonishing – one need look no further than a university course catalog to get a sampling for this diversity. From studying tiny microbes in the atmosphere to Earth’s reclusive interior to black holes beyond our horizon, the sciences represent the breadth of human investigation into our surroundings. Not only do domains vary across disciplines but even methodology, mode of inquiry, and approaches to problem solving abound. In this rich grove of science, however, it can be easy to overlook the individual nuances which ever draw us to further exploration. It is these subtle beauties of science I hope to share from my short but fervent exploration of geoscience.

The Adventure

While those early morning classes for your degree may not sound too enticing, few things may slake one’s curiosity as much as fieldwork. Through direct observation, fieldwork enables the geologist to grapple with the chaotic mess about us we call the world and attempt to distill it into underlying foundational concepts. Through this process, one must be willing to climb over hill and dale as the urge for discovery drives onward, turning over rocks no one has ever seen before to ponder its clues. Even so, fieldwork must invariably lead to returning to a lab for the inglorious work of systematic measurements ever repeated for accuracy. Thus, it is not merely the adrenaline rush which keeps the geologist at work. Here too, however, is the mystery of discovery, for through meticulous measurement one may draw forth the geologic story like a skillful detective. By these means one may better acquaint oneself with nature’s many mysteries.

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How Geology Affects Your Everyday Life

This blog originally appeared on 1/18/2021 and has been reissued
Unless you are a professional geologist or engineer, it’s unlikely that you give much thought to the science of geology and how it affects your day-to-day activities. However, the study of the Earth’s composition, processes, and mineral makeup is integral to many of the daily activities, products and tools that we take for granted.
Let’s take a look at the role geology plays in our everyday lives.


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Geoscience Employment and the Great Resignation



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The Top 20 Things Your Advisor Didn’t Tell You

photo by WGodwin, 10.11.14

Your studies and experiences during college are invaluable in preparing you for a future in the geologic sciences. But academic training, however thorough, can never fully prepare you for life as a professional working in your field.

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Balancing Travel, Field Work and Family as a Geologist

The demands of working as an Applied Geologist can be difficult for those with family obligations, especially if your position involves a lot of field work and travel. It can be a bit of a balancing act to maintain a healthy, happy home life when you are frequently on the road.

Bringing home souvenirs is nice, but your kids and spouse would likely rather have your time and attention than a t-shirt or a paperweight. We have some tips for making this type of on-the-go position work for an Applied Geologist with a family.

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Recruiting Applied Geologists for a Small Organization


Applied Geology can be a lucrative profession. Professional, experienced geologists will have opportunities to hold well-compensated and prestigious positions at large petroleum companies, governmental agencies and large corporations. It can, therefore be challenging to recruit the best prospects for your small firm over these other potential options.

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Travels in Geology - Arizona

Blue Mesa in Petrified Forest [credit: NPS, public domain]

Continuing our series of articles on geology travel in the United States (see Travels in Geology -  California and Utah), this month we are featuring some of the fantastic opportunities to experience geological wonders throughout the state of Arizona. (Be sure to check on all locations for current visiting protocols during Covid.)

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