The geosciences community lost a giant on July 21, 2015. Dr. William (Bill) Dickinson, Professor Emeritus at the University of Arizona, passed away apparently in his sleep, while in his hotel room in Nuku'alofa, Tonga. Bill was working with archaeologist David Burley and his graduate student on the geology of some archaeological sites in Tonga.
Bill Dickinson's contributions to the geosciences are legendary. He was a true pioneer in the field of plate tectonic theory and its implications for geology in the western United States. As a longtime member of the Arizona Geological Society, he co-organized the 1981 AGS symposium on “Relations of Tectonics to Ore Deposits in the Southern Cordillera” the proceedings of which were published as AGS Digest 14. He also co-edited AGS Digest 18, “Mesozoic Rocks of Southern Arizona and Adjacent Area.” AGS Digest 22, “Ores and Orogenesis: Circum-Pacific Tectonics, Geologic Evolution, and Ore Deposits” was dedicated in his honor.
We offer our sincere condolences to Bill's family, friends and colleagues. Bill was a great teacher, who touched and influenced many. He will be missed, but his contributions to geology will endure. May he rest in peace.
Lowell has agreed to attend the September 1, 2015 meeting to sell/sign
books. A representative from the
University of Arizona Press (the publisher) will be there with books to
Arizonan, whose family roots date from territorial days, J. David Lowell was raised on a ranch near Nogales, Arizona
to become one of the world's most successful exploration geologists. He received a B.S. degree in Mining
Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1949 and a M.S. degree in Geology
from Stanford in 1957.
personally discovered more copper than anyone in history, contributing to the
discoveries of the Kalamazoo, Vekol Hills and Casa Grande West deposits in
Arizona, the JA Deposit in British
Columbia, the Dizon and Far Southeast deposits in the Philippines, and the La
Escondida, Zaldivar and Leonore deposits in Chile. He is also personally responsible for the
discovery of the San Cristobal Au-Ag mine in Chile and the 8-million ounce
Pierina gold deposit in Peru.
has published more than 50 articles, including one of which he co-authored with
John Guilbert in 1970 that defines the Lowell-Guilbert porphyry copper
model. This work remains a standard
reference for exploration geologists, today.
everyone to come out and meet David Lowell and purchase a copy of his
book. It’s a fun read if you have not
read it already.
From June 14th through the 18th, the Arizona Geological Survey hosted the Association of American State Geologists 107th Annual Conference in Flagstaff, Arizona. The meeting was a great success with just over 100 professional participants from State Surveys, U.S.G.S., professional societies and other science agencies attending.
Participants of the Association of American State Geologists Conference enjoy a field trip to the
San Francisco Volcanic Field
The Arizona Geological Survey and Association of American State Geologists thank our friends and colleagues at the Arizona Geological Society for stepping forward to help sponsor this event.
The Arizona Geological Society has 50 new members
from 49 states! As a part of our sponsorship of the
107th Association of American State Geologists Annual Conference, we provided one-year free memberships
to the State Geologists from all states, excluding Arizona.
The AGS Executive Committee would like to pursue a sustainable AGS Outreach & Education program. But we need your help.
We need several people from the general membership with an interest in geoscience education to step forward and help us explore models of successful and sustainable outreach programs.
Earth science education at the K-12 level in Arizona has been the weak sister of the Arizona sciences for years. It will only improve if those of us with training and expertise in the geosciences step forward to assist K-12 educators.
Please read the attached PDF for more details. And please feel free to contact other EX Com officers with questions or concerns.
President, Arizona Geological Society