Michigan Geological Survey and the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences 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.
Searching for critical minerals in Michigan | June 2019
At the Michigan Geological Survey (MGS) and the Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education (MGRRE), we are leaving no stone unturned in our search for minerals you may never have heard of, like sylvite, cesium, and manganese. Why?
Because America depends on resources like these, defined by the Department of the Interior as the 35 “critical minerals and rare earth elements.” But we are not producing enough of them. In fact, we are not producing any of some of the “rare earth elements.” We import 90% or more of these minerals and elements—mostly from China.
And America’s dependence on foreign sources has increased dramatically. In the 1990’s, America was the world’s top minerals producer and exporter. Now we are the world’s top importer, making us increasingly vulnerable to supply shortages and price volatility.
Our newest research grant, from the U S Geological Survey, focuses on finding these minerals in Michigan. Dr. William Harrison, MGRRE Director, is leading a research team comprised of John A. Yellich, director of the Michigan Geological Survey; Dr. Peter J. Voice, research scientist and geologist; Dr. Joyashish Thakurta, economic geologist; Jennifer L. Trout, data manager; and several graduate and undergraduate students.
In a new NPR interview, Stateside discusses Michigan's role in mining these raw materials with Drs. William Harrison and Peter Voice. The interview begins at 18:40 or scroll down the NPR page for a shorter clip.
Tromino and Water Resource Mapping
- Tromino technology at the Michigan Geological Survey
Sept. 28, 2018 | Michigan Oil & Gas News
Tromino technology at the Michigan Geological Survey provides affordable method of identifying Michigan's freshwater resources.
Portage Subsurface Mapping
The Michigan Geological Survey presents the results of their underground bedrock mapping in the city of Portage.
- Portage Bedrock Water Presentation
Aug. 2017 | Public Media Network
- Connect: Portage Subsurface Mapping
Oct. 2016 Public Media Network
MGS' efforts mapping underground bedrock valleys in Portage, MI are covered in a short video.
Economic benefits of recent MGS funding
- Geological mapping could spur economic development, protect water quality
Oct. 30, 2016 | MiBiz
The economic benefits of the recent MGS funding are discussed, along with how director John Yellich plans to use the funds.
Michigan Geological Survey funding announcement | Sept. 29, 2016
WIN 98.5 - WMU-Michigan Geological Survey Accepts $500K
WMUK 102.1 - WMU Gets $500,000 Grant To Map State Resources
Michigan Geological Survey funded!
- 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.
The need for a new geological survey of Michigan
- 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...
- NEWSCHANNEL 3 - Geologists say more minor quakes could be expected in Michigan
- NEWSCHANNEL 3 - Experts say Tuesday's earthquake has nothing to do with fracking
- NEWSCHANNEL 3 - Structural Geologist Chris Schmidt discusses latest W. Mich. earthquake
- WOOD TV8 - Expert: 3.3 earthquake ‘separate’ from May quake
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...
- USGS Earthquake Hazards Program Event Executive Summary 5-2-2015
- NEWSCHANNEL 3 - Kalamazoo County Sheriff Rick Fuller and WMU Structural Geologist Dr. Chris Schmidt
- WOOD TV8 - WMU experts suggest not to expect major earthquake in Michigan
- Record on Seismometer
General MGS news
- Gold mine of potash sits beneath Michigan, could be worth $65 billion
March 16, 2018 | Detroit Free Press
An article discussing the value of Michigan potash.
- Reinvigorating an industry: Company pushes to restart potash production in Michigan
May 28, 2017 | MiBiz
An article discussing Michigan Potash Co. LLC's proposal for a $700 million potash extraction and processing operation.
- Mineral discovery could mean billions for Michigan
April 17, 2017 | USGS
Michigan Geological Survey director John Yellich discusses the discovery of a valuable potash deposit in Michigan.
- 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