GSA Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, USA - 2019

Paper No. 96-9
Presentation Time: 10:20 AM


MCCALL, Linda, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, 10100 Burnet Rd, Bldg 196, Austin, TX 78758 and WOODRUFF Jr., C.M., Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin, University Station, Box X, Austin, TX 78713-8924

To promote awareness of the geoheritage of Texas, The University of Texas at Austin’s Bureau of Economic Geology has undertaken several initiatives. Recent projects include a comprehensive book about the geology of Texas, a guidebook that describes outstanding places to view Texas geology, and a network of interpretive signs designed to increase visitor interest in the geology of specific places.

The book, Texas Through Time: Lone Star Geology, Landscapes, and Resources, was written to target a general audience as well as geoscientists. It describes the geologic history of Texas, early human settlement, natural resources, and the major geologic hazards of the state. The book includes more than 500 illustrations, maps, and photographs to enhance reader understanding. It also features an appendix that lists the “Great Places to View Texas Geology.”

Great Places to View Texas Geology, was adapted from Texas Through Time: Lone Star Geology, Landscapes, and Resources, to provide a compact, user-friendly field guide. The locations in the guidebook are arranged by the geographic regions of Texas and include a “Did you know?” section with interesting facts to attract the reader’s interest.

The Texas GeoSign Project is an initiative to enhance public understanding and appreciation for the geology and geologic history of specific places in Texas. The signs are posted in parks, highway rest areas, and other public locations. The project is a collaborative effort that involves cooperation with state, federal, and local entities that manage the properties where signs are displayed.

It is our intent that the recent initiatives by the Bureau of Economic Geology and its collaborative partners will increase awareness and motivate the public to conserve the geoheritage of the state.