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MEETING LOCATION
(Unless otherwise noted)


Building 130: The Bureau of Economic Geology
10100 Burnet Road
Austin, Texas 78758



AGS CONTACT INFORMATION

Austin Geological Society
P.O. Box 1302
Austin, TX
78767-1302

Email Contact:
President@austingeosoc.org

The Austin Geological Society Mission:

  • to stimulate interest in and promote advancement of geology;
  • to facilitate discussion and dissemination of geologic information;
  • to encourage social and professional cooperation among geologists and associated scientists;
  • to enhance public understanding of the professional activities of the members.

Upcoming Meetings & Events


Apr 6th, 2015 (Mon)
  AGS Meeting April 6th at 6:30pm
Dr. Barbara Mahler & Dr. MaryLynn Musgrove, hydrologists at the U.S. Geological Survey Texas Water Science Center - KARST NIGHT - A Tale of Three Segments: Similarities and contrasts between the Northern, Barton Springs, and Southern Segments of the Edwards Aquifer
Bureau of Economic Geology
10100 Burnet Rd., ROC conference room
Austin, Texas
Apr 11th, 2015 (Sat)
  Spring 2015 Field Trip - Karst, Recharge and Other Research About the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conducted on COA Water Quality Protection Lands
Trip Leaders: David Johns and Nico Hauwert (City of Austin)
Date: Saturday April 11th 8a-5p
Departure: Tony Burger Center—8am (3200 Jones Road)
Cost: $50 (transportation and guidebook)—please bring to the March 2 meeting and make a check payable to AGS.

Note: bring your own lunch, water (some provided), and sun and bug protection. We hope to provide a van for students free of charge, perhaps up to 15. If you are an interested student, please contact Nico Hauwert (Nico.Hauwert@austintexas.gov).

This field trip will address and tie together the issues and controversy of upland recharge, geologic assessments of properties, karst feature excavation, wastewater application over the recharge zone, and land acquisition. We will visit several properties purchased specifically for water quality and quantity protection that are part of the Water Quality Protection Lands program in the Austin Water Utility of the City of Austin and will observe outstanding natural karst development, including a 120 feet deep open shaft, large internal drainage basins, and whirl pooling swallets. We will present results from new research into recharge and groundwater flow, using evapotranspiration towers and dye tracing, and stream flow gauging. We will visit ranches to discover how trash disposal and water storage incorporated natural karst features and contrast how WQPL are currently managed. Finally, we will visit a recently proposed wastewater effluent disposal site over the Edwards Aquifer and discover the importance of hand-excavation in evaluating karst feature significance.

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The Austin Geological Society began in April 1965 when a small group of geologists met to promote better professional communication among the geologists in the Austin area.

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