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In support of the University of Delaware's sustainability efforts, the Delaware Geological Survey is offering its First State Geology newsletter as an online document.

First State Geology features news about Delaware geology and water resources, recent DGS publications, and DGS staff activities.

IS7 The Delaware Geological Survey

IS7 The Delaware Geological Survey

IS7 is a foldout brochure that briefly discusses the background and current activities of the DGS. Specifically, the following major programs are listed: Geology, Hydrology, Cartographic Information, Geologic Hazards, Seismograph Network, Outer Continental Shelf, Mineral Resources, Well Records and Sample Library, Publications, and Joint-funded Programs.

DGS Reinvents Itself on the Web

Screenshot of the new DGS web site
Date: Sep 2010

The Delaware Geological Survey has unveiled a new version of their public web site. Although many of the technologies employed are consistent with modern web standards, giving the user a familiar feel and comfort level, particular attention has been paid to information and the retrieval of it. The site is designed to encourage users to explore content they wouldn't other wise read.

DGS unveils new website

The Delaware Geological Survey has unveiled a new version of their public web site. Although many of the technologies employed are consistent with modern web standards, giving the user a familiar feel and comfort level, particular attention has been paid to information and the retrieval of it.

DGS Cooperative and Joint-Funded Programs

The DGS is, by statute, the state agency responsible for entering into agreements with its counterpart federal agencies, including the U.S. Geological Survey, the USGS Office of Minerals Information (formerly the U.S. Bureau of Mines), and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (formerly the U. S. Minerals Management Service), and for administering all cooperative programs of the State with these agencies. The DGS also works with many in-state and out-of-state partner agencies and organizations.

DGS Affiliated With College of Marine and Earth Studies

DGS Affiliated With College of Marine and Earth Studies
Date: Jul 2008

Beginning July 1, 2008, DGS will become formally affiliated with the College of Marine and Earth Studies (CMES) within UD. DGS has been part of the University of Delaware since 1951, however, had previously reported to the vice provost for research and graduate studies.

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DGS Celebrates 50 Years of Service!

DGS Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary!
Date: Jul 2001

On June 4, 2001 the DGS celebrated 50 years of science and service for the Diamond State. Senate Bill 129, creating the Delaware Geological Survey, was signed into law (Chapter 55, Part VI, Title 7 of the Delaware Code) by Governor Carvel on June 4, 1951.

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Terms of Use

DGS terms of use for website content and information.

About This Site

A brief summary of the technology used on the site as well as its purpose and other notes.

Creation of the Delaware WARC (to become DNREC)

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)
Date: Jul 1966

New legislation in 1966 created the Delaware Water and Air Resources Commission (WARC), eventually to become the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).

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Act of 1837

Date: Feb 1837

On February 18, 1837, the Delaware Legislature passed an act "to procure to make a geological and mineralogical survey of the State."

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First 1:24,000 scale Geologic Map Published

First 1:24,000 scale Geologic Map Published
Date: Jul 1970

Geologic Map Series No. 1
Geology of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal Area, Delaware
By Thomas E. Pickett
1970

First 1:24,000 scale Hydrologic Map Published

First 1:24,000 scale Hydrologic Map Published
Date: Apr 1972

Geohydrology of the Dover Area, Delaware
Hydrologic Map Series No. 1
By Ken D. Woodruff
1972

DGS First Drill Rig

DGS First Drill Rig
Date: Jun 1957

President of the University Of Delaware, John A. Perkins, who was an ex-officio member of the Geological Commission, requested Henry B. Du Pont to donate a small truck mounted auger drilling rig to the University for use of the Delaware Geological Survey. With wishes granted, the rig was put into operation in 1951.

Senate Bill 129 Created the Delaware Geological Survey June 4, 1951

The Second Delaware Geological Survey
Date: Jun 1951

Governor Elbert N. Carvel promoted legislation, with regard to water resources, with Seante Bill 129 which created the Delaware Geological Survey, introduced by State Senator William O. Cubbage in the 116 General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Carvel on June 4, 1951.

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DGS Newsletter - First State Geology

First State Geology offers news on Delaware geology and water resources, on recent DGS publications, and on DGS staff activities as an online newsletter publication. Interested parties may be placed on the First State Geology mailing list by completing the online signup form, sending an email request to delgeosurvey@udel.edu, or simply giving us a call. It also is made available as a PDF on the DGS website.

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SP17 The Delaware Geological Survey: The Formative Years, 1951-1969

SP17 The Delaware Geological Survey: The Formative Years, 1951-1969

Emphasis is placed herein on the years of Dr. Groot's leadership of the Survey. The remarkable work of James C. Booth in the last century is acknowledged but has elsewhere been entered in history. Some continuing activities of the Survey after 1969 are noted together with comments of an experienced observer; this current period may someday receive the attention of a recorder having the enhanced perspective of time.

SP8 Memoir of the Geological Survey of the State of Delaware

SP8 Memoir of the Geological Survey of the State of Delaware

The following report of the geological survey of the state of Delaware, conducted in the years 1837 and 1838, embraces all the observations and examinations which were made during the continuance of the survey, including those contained in the first and second annual reports, already laid before the legislature.