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MBMG announces a new Ground Water Investigation Program Leader

 Ginette in the fieldGinette Abdo has been selected to lead the Ground Water Investigation Program (GWIP). Ginette has been with the MBMG for quite some time–first as an Assistant Research Hydrogeologist and Assistant Curator of our Mineral Museum, and then as a Senior Research ydrogeologist–and was one of the leaders in the original work that got GWIP started.

John Wheaton, her predecessor, has set the bar pretty high, but we know she will lead us to great new places.

She will start her new position on February 1st.

Congratulations, Ginette!

State legislators, others tour Gallatin Valley water resources

Bozeman ChronicleJODI HAUSEN, Chronicle Staff Writer Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013 12:15 am

There are more water rights in the Gallatin Valley basin than there is water to supply the people who hold those rights. That's one of the messages area water court officials wanted to get across to stateGallatin River legislators and others who attended a tour of the Gallatin River watershed Friday.

The Gallatin River flows as local ranchers, conservationists,
lawmakers and geologists from the Gallatin Valley area gather
near the Erwin Bridge fishing access site west of Belgrade on
Friday, Aug. 16, to assess water levels and discuss future
matters on water usage and water rights.

Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/Chronicle

County leaders evaluate water levels along Gallatin River

NBC/Ktvm newsNBC Montana has been following the latest facts about irrigation issues in the Gallatin Valley all summer. We toured the Gallatin River with lawmakers and conservationists to get a first hand update on water levels and drought conditions on the river.

GallatinLawmakers evaluated sections of the river from the Gallatin Gateway to Four Corners. While out on the river we could see how in some areas, water levels were lower.

Tom Michalek-MBMG HydrogeologistTom Michalek is a hydrogeologist at the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology in Butte. Michalek told us some people in the area are having issues getting enough water to support their products.

"When you have less water, some people don't get the water they need," said Michalek.

Eric Turcio


By Eric Turcio, Reporter, eturcio@ktvm.com POSTED: 5:01 PM Aug 16 2013 UPDATED: 6:17 PM Aug 16 2013

Ringing RocksRock of Ages — scientists are still pondering the mystery of Butte's Ringing Rocks

Claudia Rapkoch interviews MBMG's Kaleb Scarberry regarding this geologic phenomena!

Montana’s geographic wonders have long inspired musicians and songwriters, but an ancient anomaly allows even the least musically inclined among us to be a rock star. The only instrument you need is a hammer.

The Ringing Rocks, located roughly 20 miles east of Butte is a symphonic wonder that has been millions of years in the making. Having lived in Butte for almost 20 years, we’d heard about the rocks for many years but not until recently did we bundle up our young son for an afternoon of outdoor adventure. After all, what could be more fun for a four-year-old than your parents encouraging you to play with rocks?

Published in Montana Magazine April/March 2013
Story by Claudia Rapkoch
Photos by Kenton Rowe

A sloughing of the southeast corner of the Berkeley Pit

Pit safety talk draws crowd - sloughing, water level among residents' concerns
Montana Standard
• Posted March 20, 2013
  By John Grant Emeigh

A sloughing of the southeast corner of the Berkeley Pit that occurred on Feb. 8 can be seen in this photo taken Tuesday 3/19/13. The wall has been the site of three small slides in the past year. Photo by Walter Hinick

Berkley pit Photo by Walter Hinik, Montana Standard

Sliding pit walls raise concernMontana Stsndard
• Posted March 10, 2013
  By John Grant Emeigh

Photo by Walter Hinick

Rare elementsDemand for rare-earth elements brings attention to the Bitterroot Montana Bureau of Mines geologist Kaleb Scarberry says the obscure elements go into things "that are becoming iincreasingly more important to what we need as a society."
The demand is driven by the properties of the 17 rare earth elements, especially their magnetic qualities.
"As technology improves and we make gadgets that are smaller and smaller, and presumably more and more durable, you're going to require components, specifically magnets to keep those tiny moving parts together," Scarberry said.

CBS News• posted by Dennis Bragg -
  KPAX News Missoula

portion of the geologic map of the Lodge Grass 30’ x 60’ Quadrangle, Montana, 2000, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology Geologic Map 56Hug a geologist It's Geologic Map Day — Today is Geologic Map Day, part of Earth Science Week. Sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey, the American Association of State Geologists, and the American Geosciences Institute, Earth Science Week encourages everyone to learn about the geosciences. At the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, we’re all about Earth Science.Montana Stsndard • Friday, October, 19, 2012

Sheilds Valley-frackingArmed with data: Bureau of Mines helps Shields Valley prepare for fracking

Bozeman Chronicle
Sunday, July 8, 2012
, Chronicle Staff Writer

John Metesh

New director of Bureau of Mines named  —John Metesh, Ph.D., has been named the new director of the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology. He'll start the position in SeptemberMontana Stsndard • Sunday June 14, 2012