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About the WSGS


WSGS Staff

Since 1933, the WSGS has performed the important and critical function of interpreting Wyoming’s complex geology. We do not rest on our past accomplishments, and remain steadfast in our goal to apply new geoscience technology and techniques while addressing current and future geology related issues and challenges.

Vital to our mission is public awareness and understanding of Wyoming’s geologic, mineral, and energy resources. Our website is an education resource for you to discover Wyoming’s geologic past, present, and future. It includes a wide array of downloadable data sets and more than 350 free publications, as well as interactive maps and information on our current research projects for the state.

We leverage our research and applied knowledge to facilitate tomorrow’s mineral and energy resource characterization and responsible development. Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain West have a richness in natural resources that is of great importance to the United States and the world. With these come a complexity of economic and environmental challenges, and the need for sound scientific information to inform policy and decision-making. We strive to provide geology-related information that is relevant and important.

WSGS scientists work to gain a better understanding of our planet’s history, geologic wonders, potential hazards, and natural resources such as water, minerals, and energy. We gather key information, provide technical analyses, perform scientific investigations, and generate maps using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Our teams cover four core subject areas:

  • Energy and Mineral Resources
  • Water Resources, Mapping and Hazards
  • Information Technology and GIS
  • Communications and Public Outreach

We look forward to working with the public, government, and industry in accomplishing our mission. Please feel free to call us with your questions, and we will do our best to assist you.

Watch the video below for a word on our mission from WSGS Director and State Geologist, Tom Drean.

Mission—Promote the beneficial and environmentally sound use of Wyoming's vast geologic, mineral, and energy resources while helping protect the public from geologic hazards.





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Download the 2016 WSGS Information Brochure.