Recent News

Michigan Geological Survey and the Department of Geosciences at Western Michigan University are reputed for geologic research and education, database of historic samples and services to the general public. Researchers, the community, students and regional and national institutions may be interested in the latest news and happenings at the survey from various sources below.

Michigan Geological Survey funding announcement: Sept. 29, 2016

New Michigan budget includes WMU funding for new geologic mapping
June 22, 2016 | WMU News
WMU President John Dunn and MI Geological Survey director John Yellich discuss the important of this newly appropriated funded. The article also details the past accomplishments of the MI Geological Survey and future plans.

State Geological Survey director: 1979 survey needs an update
Oct. 8| The Daily Mining Gazette
Mr. John A. Yellich discusses the accomplishments of the 1979 survey and advocates for a new survey.

Experts say a new geological survey would rock
Oct. 6, 2014| ABC 10
Mr. John A. Yellich is interviewed regarding the need for a geological survey in Michigan and how that could open doors for future mining, mineral exploration, and job opportunities.

Earthquake #2: June 30, 2015
On June 30, 2015, at 11:42 am EDT, Kalamazoo County had another earthquake, which is the second for the region since May 2, 2015. The United States Geological Survey reported that the magnitude of this earthquake was 3.3 on the Richter Scale. The location of the earthquake was 11 km NE of Union City, MI (Latitude 42.147°N, Longitude 85.048°W) and its depth was 5.0 kilometers or 3.1 miles. More about this from USGS website...

Earthquake #2: May 2, 2015
On May 2, 2015, at 12:23 pm EDT. Kalamazoo County experienced an earthquake. The magnitude of the earthquake as reported by the USGS was 4.2 on the Richter Scale. The location of the earthquake was Section 13, Township 3S and Range 10W in Pavilion Township of Kalamazoo County (Latitude 42.212°N, Longitude 85.429°W). The depth of the earthquake was 5.9 kilometers or 19,314 feet. More about this from USGS website...

WMU partners with energy company to inject carbon dioxide underground, flush out leftover oil
March 18, 2014| Mlive News
WMU Geosciences facilitates economic development in Michigan.

New director named for Michigan Geological Survey
Nov. 7, 2013 | WMU News
John Yellich has been appointed as the director of the Michigan Geological Survey at Western Michigan University.

WMU announces new head of Michigan Geological Survey
Nov. 4, 2013 | MLive
The new director of the Michigan Geological Survey is profiled.

WMU research facility assists in rediscovery of rare mineral deposit
Sept. 10, 2013 | WMU News
Western Michigan University's Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education has discovered a long-forgotten mineral deposit located under two West Michigan counties.
Rediscovery of rare mineral deposit