About our Geology Programs

MBMG geoscientists collect, interpret, and distribute geologic data used to manage Montana’s water, land, mineral, and energy resources, and to assess geologic hazards. The professionals in the Butte and Billings offices have detailed knowledge of Montana’s stratigraphy, structure, and geologic history. They have expertise in tectonics, geochronology, earthquakes, landslides, fossil fuels, economic geology, mineralogy, environmental assessment, and science education.

The various geology programs at the MBMG focus on geologic mapping, geologic hazards/earthquake studies, economic geology, and energy resources. We conduct field-based studies augmented by laboratory analyses of geologic samples. Each program is committed to providing quality and relevant geoscience data for Montana and making the data available to the public.