Greetings! We have an exciting event coming up and hope you can attend! In the wake of Hurricane Michael, our Earth Science Week celebration was rescheduled. Please join us as we recognize this important event by attending the FGS Open House on Saturday, December 8. The theme of the event is “Earth as Inspiration.” In preparation, we look forward to reviewing inspired entries for the earth science Writing and Art Contests. Winners will receive amazing prizes! See below for more information.
The link between geoscience and land management is inextricable. In this issue of News and Research, you can read more about a presentation given to nearly 250 attendees at a Public Land Acquisition and Management conference in Sarasota last month. The presentation focused on the nexus between land stewardship and soils, groundwater recharge, groundwater quality and many other hydrogeological factors.
In this issue, we are also launching the first in a series titled “Geology in… the Real Florida℠” where we describe the fascinating geology of Florida State Parks. Our inaugural article explores the unique, natural geologic beauty and significance of Silver Springs State Park. In our series, Featured Formation, learn about the Suwannee Limestone which comprises an important part of the Floridan aquifer system throughout much of Florida. We also highlight our continued work to produce statewide potentiometric surface maps of the upper Floridan aquifer. These maps and data can be accessed through the department’s Open Data Portal.
Finally, congratulations to Rick Green, PG III, and Crystal Hebets, Environmental Specialist, for their award-winning poster describing the STATEMAP Storymap. Their poster won first place during the recent Seven Hills Regional Users Group meeting in Tallahassee!
I wish you a wonderful holiday season and a happy and prosperous new year.
Jonathan D. Arthur, Ph.D., P.G.
Director and State Geologist
Florida Geological Survey
Florida Department of Environmental Protection