May 162017
 

The Association of American State Geologists announced that their annual John C. Frye Memorial Award for 2017 is granted to the CGS and the staff members who authored the report The West Salt Creek Landslide: A Catastrophic Rockslide and Rock/Debris Avalanche in Mesa County, Colorado (CGS Bulletin-55). Utilizing a rich field data set, the report includes a comprehensive review of the geologic history of the area and presents a detailed timeline of the events surrounding the “the longest landslide in Colorado’s historical record.”

White, Jonathan L., Matthew L. Morgan, and Karen A. Berry. “Bulletin 55 - The West Salt Creek Landslide: A Catastrophic Rockslide and Rock/Debris Avalanche in Mesa County.” Bulletins. Golden, CO: Colorado Geological Survey, 2015. Bulletin 55.

White, Jonathan L., Matthew L. Morgan, and Karen A. Berry. “Bulletin 55 – The West Salt Creek Landslide: A Catastrophic Rockslide and Rock/Debris Avalanche in Mesa County.” Bulletins. Golden, CO: Colorado Geological Survey, 2015. Bulletin 55.

History of the Award:

Environmental geology has steadily risen in prominence over recent decades, and to support the growth of this important field, the Frye Award was established in 1989 by GSA and AASG. It recognizes work on environmental geology issues such as water resources, engineering geology, and hazards.

John C. Frye joined the US Geological Survey in 1938, he went to the Kansas Geological Survey in 1942, he was its Director from 1945 to 1954, he was Chief of the Illinois State Geological Survey until 1974, and was Geological Society of America Executive Director until his retirement in 1982, shortly before his death. John was active in Association of American State Geologists and on national committees, and was influential in the growth of environmental geology.

The Award is given each year to a nominated environmental geology publication published in the current year or one of the three preceding calendar years either by GSA or by a state geological survey. A shared $1000 prize and a certificate to each author is presented at the AASG Mid-Year meeting, held Tuesday morning at the GSA annual meeting.


Citation: White, Jonathan L., Matthew L. Morgan, and Karen A. Berry. Bulletin 55 – The West Salt Creek Landslide: A Catastrophic Rockslide and Rock/Debris Avalanche in Mesa County. Bulletins. Golden, CO: Colorado Geological Survey, 2015. Bulletin 55.

  4 Responses to “AASG 2017 John C. Frye Memorial Award for CGS publication”

  1. Congratulations! And, how many other Frye awards has CGS won? Isn’t it more than any other State Geological Survey?

    • Good question, Vince — I don’t think we have the institutional memory to answer that! I did notice that an early award was not listed on the AASG site, so I think even they don’t have a full record of the award recipients historically.

      • The Frye Award was initiated in 1990. CGS has won the award five times, more than any other state geological survey.

        2017
        The West Salt Creek Landslide: A Catastrophic Rockslide and Rock/Debris Avalanche in Mesa County, Colorado, 2015, by Jonathan L. White, Matthew L. Morgan, and Karen A. Berry, Colorado Geological Survey Bulletin 55, 57 p.

        2012
        John T. Neubert, Jeffrey P. Kurtz, Dana J. Bove, and Matthew A. Sares, 2011, Natural Acid Rock Drainage Associated with Hydrothermally Altered Terrane in Colorado, Colorado Geological Survey Bulletin 54

        2009
        Jonathan L. White and Celia Greenman – Collapsible Soils in Colorado; Colorado Geological Survey Engineering Geology 14

        2006
        Ralf Topper, Karen L. Spray, William H. Bellis, Judith L. Hamilton, and Peter E. Barkmann – Ground Water Atlas of Colorado, Colorado Geological Survey, Special Publication 53, 2003.

        1998
        David C. Noe, Candace L. Jochim, William P. Rogers – 1997 A Guide to Swelling Soils for Colorado Homebuyers and Homeowners: Colorado Geological Survey

  2. Thanks Vince! Will incorporate this in the (eventual) website rollover — and note it in each of the publication/product pages…

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