About the WSGS

Not pictured: Tammy Mack, Onies Heckart, Christina George

Since 1933, the Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) has performed the important and critical function of interpreting Wyoming’s complex geology. We do not rest on our past accomplishments, but instead remain steadfast in our goal to apply new geoscience technology and techniques to address 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 to discover Wyoming’s geologic past, present, and future. It includes a wide array of downloadable data sets and more than 1,700 free publications, as well as interactive maps and information on our current research projects for the state. Search WSGS publications here.

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 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 Earth’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 three core subject areas:

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.

Mission—Promote the beneficial and responsible development and use of Wyoming’s geologic, mineral, and energy resources while seeking to understand, characterize, and inform the public about geologic hazards.