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Our mission — “To serve the citizens of Pennsylvania by collecting, preserving, and disseminating impartial information on the Commonwealth's geology, geologic resources, and topography in order to contribute to the understanding, wise use, and conservation of its land and included resources.”

The Pennsylvania Geological Survey has been examining Pennsylvania’s geology since 1836, and always with an eye toward meeting the ever-changing needs of the times. Pennsylvania has evolved from a state primarily focused on coal and petroleum resources to one where these still-important commodities compete for attention with other concerns, including finding adequate supplies of water, locating resources for construction and pollution remediation, dealing with geologic hazards such as landslides and sinkholes, and even supporting tourism, which has become an important statewide industry. Providing information that planners can use in making wise decisions on future land use has become an important activity in the 21st century. Our fact sheet "Local Government Services" summarizes the services we can provide to communities and citizens of our state.

The Survey’s present organization dates to 1919, when it was authorized by the General Assembly “to undertake, conduct, and maintain the organization of a thorough and extended survey of the State, for the purpose of elucidating the geology and topography of the State.” It was also given the responsibility to “put the results of the survey, with the results of previous surveys, into form convenient for reference.” Toward that end, the Survey has published hundreds of books, maps, magazines, and pamphlets. New publications continue to be developed every year. More recently, embracing the internet and digital technologies provides yet another medium through which we can put our results "into a form convenient for reference."


Areas of Pennsylvania
Carbonate Geology
Digital Data and GIS
Education
Field Conference Books
Fossils
Geochemistry
Geodetic Monumentation
Geologic Bedrock Mapping
Geologic Hazards
Geomorphology
Glacial Geology
Groundwater
Heritage Geology
History of Geological Investigation
Laboratories
Library and Reference Materials
Local Government Outreach
Minerals
Oil and Gas
PAMAP
Petroleum and Subsurface Geology
Publications

Rocks
Stratigraphy
Structural Geology
Water Wells

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Middletown Office: Jody L. Rebuck, 717–702–2073; Elizabeth Lyon, 717–702–2063 
Pittsburgh Office: Renee Speicher, 412–442–4235

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AREAS OF PENNSYLVANIA

Central Lowlands (Lake Erie): Helen Delano, 717–702–2031; John Barnes, 717–702–2025; Gary Fleeger (glacial), 717–702–2045
Coastal Plain: Helen Delano, 717–702–2031
New England (Reading Prong): Gale Blackmer, 717–702–2032
Piedmont: Gale Blackmer, 717–702–2032; Stephen Shank, 717–702–2021
Piedmont—Mesozoic basins: Gale Blackmer, 717–702–2032; William Kochanov, 717–702–2033
Plateau: Gary Fleeger (glacial), 717–702–2045
Rose-Anna Behr, 717–702–2035
Ridge and Valley—South Mountain: James Shaulis, 717–702–2037

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CARBONATE GEOLOGY

William Kochanov, 717–702–2033

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COAL

Anthracite coal geology: William Kochanov, 717–702–2033; Leonard Lentz, 717–702–2040
Bituminous coal geology: James Shaulis, 717–702–2037; Clifford Dodge, 717–702–2036
Bituminous coal resources: Clifford Dodge, 717–702–2036; Leonard Lentz, 717–702–2040
Coal-bed methane: Antonette Markowski, 717–702–2038
Coal quality: Antonette Markowski, 717–702–2038; Leonard Lentz, 717–702–2040; John Neubaum, 717–702–2039

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DIGITAL DATA AND GIS

Digital geospatial data: Michael Moore, 717–702–2024; Thomas Whitfield, 717–702–2023
GIS (Middletown): Michael Moore, 717–702–2024; Thomas Whitfield, 717–702–2023; Caron O'Neil, 717–702–2042; Mark Brown, 717-702-2077
GIS (Pittsburgh): 
Pennsylvania Groundwater Information System (PaGWIS): Gary Fleeger, 717–702–2045;
Wells Information System (WIS): Lynn Levino, 412–442–4299

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EDUCATION

William Kochanov, 717–702–2033 Helen Delano, 717–702–2031

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FIELD CONFERENCE BOOKS

Elizabeth Lyon, 717–702–2063; Katie Schmid, 412–442–4232 
 

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FOSSILS

Eastern Pennsylvania: William Kochanov, 717–702–2033
Western Pennsylvania: William Kochanov, 717–702–2033

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GEOCHEMISTRY

Stephen Shank, 717–702–2021 John Barnes, 717–702–2025,Kristin Carter, 412-442-4234

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GEODETIC MONUMENTATION (Benchmarks)

Jody L. Smale, 717–702–2020

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GEOLOGIC BEDROCK MAPPING

Eastern Pennsylvania: William Kochanov, 717–702–2033; Aaron Bierly 717-702-2034
Central Pennsylvania: James Shaulis, 717–702–2037; Rose-Anna Behr, 717–702–2035
Southeastern Pennsylvania: Gale Blackmer, 717–702–2032; Stephen Shank, 717–702–2021
Subsurface: Kristin Carter, 412–442–4234, Brian Dunst, 412-442-4230
Western Pennsylvania: Clifford Dodge, 717–702–2036; James Shaulis, 717–702–2037; Gary Fleeger (glacial), 717–702–2045

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GEOLOGIC HAZARDS

Earthquakes: Helen Delano, 717–702–2031;
Landslides: Helen Delano, 717–702–2031; William Kochanov, 717–702–2033;  , 717–702–2047
Radon and naturally occurring radioactive elements: John Barnes, 717–702–2025
Sinkholes, caves, karst: William Kochanov, 717–702–2033; Helen Delano, 717–702–2031

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GEOMORPHOLOGY

Helen Delano, 717–702–2031; Gary Fleeger, 717–702–2045

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GLACIAL GEOLOGY

Gary Fleeger, 717–702–2045; Helen Delano, 717–702–2031

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GROUNDWATER

Kristin Carter, 412–442–4234; Stuart Reese, 717–702–2028; Brian Dunst, 412-442-4230

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HERITAGE GEOLOGY

James Shaulis, 717–702–2037

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HISTORY OF GEOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION IN PENNSYLVANIA

Clifford Dodge, 717–702–2036

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LABORATORIES

Mineral identification: John Barnes, 717–702–2025; Stephen Shank, 717–702–2021
X-ray: John Barnes, 717–702–2025

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LIBRARY AND REFERENCE MATERIALS

Aerial photography: Jody L. Smale, 717-702-2020
Topographic maps: Jody L. Smale, 717-702-2020

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT OUTREACH

Helen Delano, 717–702–2031

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MINERALS

Asbestos: John Barnes, 717–702–2025
Clay minerals: John Barnes, 717–702–2025
Industrial minerals: John Barnes, 717–702–2025; George Love, 717–702–2047
Metallic ores: Stephen Shank, 717–702–2021; John Barnes, 717–702–2025
Minerals as specimens: William Kochanov, 717–702–2033; Stephen Shank, 717–702–2021

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OIL AND GAS

Shale gas reservoirs: Kristin Carter, 412-442-4234
Coal-bed methane:  Antonette Markowski, 717–702–2038
Oil and gas drilling statistics: Lynn Levino, 412–442–4299
Oil and gas geology: Kristin Carter, 412–442–4234, Brian Dunst, 412-442-4230
Oil and gas well records: Katie Schmid, 412–442–4232, Robin Anthony, 412-442-4295
Pennsylvania Internet Record Imaging System (PA*IRIS): Kristin Carter, 412–442–4234
Subsurface geology:Kristin Carter, 412–442–4234; Brian Dunst, 412-442-4230; Katie Schmid, 412-442-4232
Wells Information System (WIS): Katie Schmid, 412–442–4232, Robin Anthony, 412-442-4295

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PAMAP

Helen Delano, 717–702–2031

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PETROLEUM AND SUBSURFACE GEOLOGY

Kristin Carter, 412–442–4234, Brian Dunst, 412-442-4230

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PUBLICATIONS

General inquiries about publications: Jody L. Rebuck, 717–702–2073
Pennsylvania Geology
subscriptions: Jody L. Rebuck, 717–702–2073

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ROCKS

Igneous: Stephen Shank, 717–702–2021
Metamorphic:  Gale Blackmer, 717–702–2032; Stephen Shank, 717–702–2021
Minerals: John Barnes, 717–702–2025; Stephen Shank, 717–702–2021
Sedimentary:  William Kochanov, 717–702–2033
Surficial (glacial): Gary Fleeger, 717–702–2045

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STRATIGRAPHY

Gary Fleeger (glacial), 717–702–2045; Clifford Dodge, 717–702–2036

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STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY

 Gale Blackmer, 717–702–2032; Rose-Anna Behr, 717–702–2035

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WATER WELLS

PaGWIS (Pennsylvania Groundwater Information System): ;Stuart Reese, 717–702–2028;Gary Fleeger, 717–702–2045 
Webdriller (Administrative issues): Jody L. Rebuck, 717–702–2073
Webdriller (Technical issues):  Stuart Reese, 717–702–2028; Gary Fleeger, 717–702–2045
Well construction, groundwater issues: Stuart Reese, 717–702–2028; Gary Fleeger, 717–702–2045

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