The Research Division contains the MBMG’s scientific/data collection programs
Earthquake Studies — tracks and analyzes Montana’s seismicity. Manages the Quakes database.
Economic Geology — investigates the geochemistry, evolution, and economic mineral potential of metalliferous mineral deposits.
Environmental Studies — monitors/studies mining-related hydrogeologic issues in the Butte-Anaconda area, acid mine-drainage in the Stockett/Sand Coulee area, and chromium contamination near Columbus, Montana.
Energy Resources — investigates coal resources, geologic frameworks for oil and gas reservoirs, and groundwater near energy development.
Geology/Geologic Mapping — detailed geologic mapping at 1:24,000 and 1:100,000 scales in the complex geologic regimes of western and southwestern Montana.
Ground Water Assessment Program (GWAP)— reconnaissance groundwater-resource studies in areas of one to five counties. Manages the Ground Water Information Center (GWIC) database and the statewide long-term groundwater-monitoring network (GWAAMON).