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ARCHEOLOGY

California Archeological Inventory, Sonoma State University [Has confidential compilation of all sites in California.  Will release data along faults to qualified scientists.]

Archeoclimatology: The Paleoresearch Institute in Golden, Colorado can prepare climatological data charts for your site: http://www.paleoresearch.com/

BOOKS AND INFORMATION ON CALIFORNIA GEOLOGY

California Geological Survey:  http://www.consrv.ca.gov/cgs/ [They sell CDs of scans of all Alquist-Priolo and Fault Evaluation Reports up to 2002. Offices in SF, SAC, and LA have hard copies of publications on sale.]

Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/  [All things Nevada.]

Utah Geological Survey: http://mapstore.utah.gov/ [Wonderful service on our favorite Quaternary publications.]

CARBON DATING

Beta Analytic, Inc. http://www.radiocarbon.com/ [Providing results within as little as 3 days.  Sample size can vary from a fraction of a rice grain (for materials such as charcoal and wood) to 1/2 a Coke can volume for bulk sediments.]

The Paleoresearch Institute in Golden, Colorado isolates charcoal from bulk soil samples: http://www.paleoresearch.com/

CLAY MINERALOGICAL ANALYSIS

Willamette Geological Service, http://www.willamettegeologicalservice.com/ Clay Mineralogy, X-ray Diffraction, Sedimentary Petrology [Dr. Glasmann uses the latest clay mineralogical methods.  If he can't solve your lab problem, no one can.]

FIELD SUPPLIES

ASC Scientific or Miners (hand lens, Brunton compass, etc.)

The "pedological deobfuscator," the most important tool for soil stratigraphy and trench logging:

The Japanese or Cape Cod weeder, the most important tool for uncovering fault traces in wet silts and clays:

 

LABORATORY SUPPLIES

Cole-Parmer Instrument Company, http://www.coleparmer.com/  

eSeasonGear sells pocket pH meters and pocket conductivity meters for $20-50

Omega, http://www.omega.com/

PALEOMAGNETIC DETERMINATIONS

http://paleomag.geology.ucdavis.edu/index.html

POLLEN ANALYSIS AND PHYTOLITHS

Paleoresearch Institute  http://paleoresearch.com

SOIL CHEMISTRY

Global Geochemistry Corp., soil pollutants, 6919 Eton Ave., Canoga Park, CA 91303, 818-992-4103, -8940f  [Example of one of many.  I don't know of any offset gasoline tanks or dump sites though.]

SOIL COLOR CHARTS

Munsell Soil Color Chart at  http://www.ascscientific.com/books.html for $112 with the included gley chart.

SOIL SCIENCE DEPARTMENTS

Dept. of Soil Science, 108 Hilgard Hall, U. of Cal., Berkeley, CA 94720, 510-642-0342, 642-4612f  [At last report, the university still had not been streamlined out of existence.  The Soils Department is now called the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. Prof. Ron Amundson, the pedologist, is an authority on stable isotopes in soils and is especially interested in pedochronology. See http://espm.berkeley.edu/directory/dir_fac_list.php#A

SOIL SURVEY REPORTS

Natural Resources Conservation Service http://soils.usda.gov/ formerly Soil Conservation Service (SCS), free Soil Survey Reports.

TOXICS

Forensic Analytical Specialties, asbestos, Pb, radon, and others, State certified, 3777 Depot Rd., STE 409, Hayward, CA 94545, 510-887-8828

TRENCHING

Complete Trenching Services:

Underground Construction Co., Box 2000, 5145 Industrial Way, Benicia, CA 94510, 707-646-8800, 625-1420 See: http://www.undergrnd.com/

Utility Check:

Underground Service Alert (USA), 800-227-2600  [Locates all underground utilities on 2-day notice.  Doing this first should reduce your liability.] See: http://www.usanorth.org/

Shoring:

Try the yellow pages.

Backhoes:

Try the yellow pages. [Personnel in this business changes fast, so get recommendations from someone who has trenched recently.]

Drilling:

Try the yellow pages. [Personnel in this business changes fast, so get recommendations from someone who has trenched recently.]

Fencing:

Try the yellow pages. [Personnel in this business changes fast, so get recommendations from someone who has trenched recently.]

Ground Penetrating Radar:

For info, try US Radar. They are at Matawan, NJ. 732-566-2035.

SOIL SCIENCE ORGANIZATIONS

Soil Science Society of America, 677 S. Segoe Rd., Madison, WI 53711-1086, 608-273-8080, 608-273-2021f [The academic soils society in the U.S.] See: http://www.soils.org/

Professional Soil Scientists Association of California, [California organization with a large number of soil consultants capable of interpreting soil surveys for land use.] See: http://www.pssac.org/

National Society of Consulting Soil Scientists, Inc.  See: http://www.nscss.org/

ARCPACS, The organization that certifies professional soil scientists. See   https://www.soils.org/certifications/

THIN SECTIONS

https://www.soils.org/divisions/s09/micromorph/companies/

TOPO MAPS

http://www.topozone.com/

U/Th DATING

Muhs, Daniel R., Research Physical Scientist, USGS, Box 25046, MS 424, Federal Center, Denver, CO 80225-0046, 303-236-4722  [Dan does great work on good, clean, calcite nodules.] See: http://esp.cr.usgs.gov/staff.html

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