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The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries was created in 1937, and is Oregon's centralized source of geologic information. It produces maps and reports that can be used by the public and by government to reduce the loss of life and property due to geologic hazards and to manage geologic resources, including water. It helps Oregonians understand and prepare for earthquakes, tsunamis, coastal erosion, landslides, floods, and other geologic hazards. It is lead regulator for geologic resources (oil; gas; geothermal energy; metallic and industrial minerals; and sand, gravel, and crushed stone), with attention paid to environmental, reclamation, conservation, and related economic, engineering, and technical issues. The department provides geologic data to assist in policy development through publications and release of electronic data, and through department participation in and coordination with state, federal, and local governmental natural resource agencies as well as with industry and other private sector groups. The department's library is a specialized central repository for both published and unpublished state geologic information. The Mineral Land Regulation and Reclamation Program (which is located at 229 Broadalbin St. SE, Albany 97321, phone 541-967-2039, fax 541-523-5992), is the lead coordinating agency for state mining regulation, operating through an interagency team-permit process. In Oregon, exploration and operating permits and bonds are required to ensure reclamation of land disturbed by mining.