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SANTA FE, N.M. February 15, 2012 – The N.M. Bureau of Geology and the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department unveiled the annual New Mexico Earth Science Achievement Awards on Monday.


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G. Emlen Hall and William C. Olson
2012 winners of the N.M. Earth Science Achievement Awards
The 2012 honorees are William C. Olson for contributions in public service and policy and G. Emlen Hall, for contributions in applied science and education. These awards were launched in 2003 to honor those often unrecognized champions of earth science issues vital to the future of New Mexico.

The presentation took place at noon in the rotunda of the state capitol building on Monday during the legislative session, in conjunction with Earth Science Day. Several agencies also have tables and displays in the west wing of the Roundhouse from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. The presentations were made by L. Greer Price, interim director of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources and John Bemis, the cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.

Olson retired in 2011 from the New Mexico Environment Department, where he headed the Ground Water Quality Bureau. His 25 years in state government included positions with the Oil Conservation Division, on the Water Quality Control Commission, and on the Oil Conservation Commission.

Hall is professor emeritus in the School of Law at the University of New Mexico. For many years his focus has been on the history of land and water in the Southwest. He is the author of High and Dry: The Texas-New Mexico Struggle for the Pecos River. In 2011, he co-authored Reining in the Rio Grande: People, Land and Water, along with Dr. Fred Phillips, hydrology professor at New Mexico Tech.

The New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources is a non-regulatory research and service division of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro. For 85 years the bureau has served as the geological survey for the state of New Mexico. EMNRD provides resource protection, recreation, and resource development services to the public and other state agencies. Nominations for next year’s awards are welcome from the general public and may be made directly to the director of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources.

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By Thomas Guengerich/New Mexico Tech