Introduction
Geology Matters 12
Introduction BT Young Scientist Exhibition 2012 Mayo Earthquake Safe Cities Conference Volvo Ocean Race Minerals Research Initiative GSI Awards 2011 Dingle Peninsula Landslide Tellus Border Project Geoscience 2012 Dublin Surge Project Geoscience Ireland OneGeology Geological Photography Challenge Burren awarded Geopark Status Staff News New Publications

Introduction
Greetings from Geology Matters Editorial Team. Welcome to Issue No. 12 of Geology Matters, the newsletter of the Geological Survey of Ireland. This newsletter is often useful, sometimes useless, and always free!

In this issue we will be looking at some events of geological significance in 2012.

The Tellus Border Project which began in July 2011 has just concluded phase 1 of the operation with the completion of the ground and airborne surveys. The second phase of the project which involves analysis of the samples taken from soil, water, sediment and vegetation is currently underway.

Geoscience 2012 took place in Dublin Castle in April. The conference featured the Tellus Border Annual Technical Seminar; survey and research highlights from the INFOMAR project; research highlights from Griffith Awards funded projects and feedback on the Geoscience Initiatives. The theme of this year’s conference focused on the contribution of geoscience research to job creation.

We also feature the recent Dingle Peninsula Landslide and earthquake off the West Coast of Ireland and an article on the Safe Cities Conference highlighting the importance of the contribution of geoscience to the urban environment.

We also have special features on the Dublin Surge Report and the latest news on INFOMAR, Minerals initiatives, BT Young Scientists Exhibition 2012, GSI Awards.

Geology Matters Editorial Team
Ray Scanlon, Chair
Koen Verbruggen
Mary Carter
Michael Sheehy
Design: Gerry French, GSI Cartography Unit