Nevada Active Mines and Energy Producers


Authors: John L. Muntean and David A. Davis
Year: 2017
Series: Educational Series 60
Version: supersedes Educational Series 49 and 54
Format: 11 x 17 inches, color
Scale: 1 inch = 4 miles
View/download here:

Site locations and information on this map were obtained from a variety of published and non-published sources with the last updates made in January 2017. All sites shown on this map have had some form of production activity during 2016.

This map was prepared in cooperation with the Nevada Division of Minerals.

DGSE Talk—Monday February 13—Dr. Esteban Gazel, GeoPRISMS Distinguished Lecturer

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A note from the UNR Dept. of Geological Sciences & Engineering (DGSE): “We have a broad selection of speakers lined up for the semester, and with a few exceptions they will visit us every other week.”

Date: February 13, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Speaker: Dr. Esteban Gazel (Virginia Tech) – GeoPRISMS, Distinguished Lecturer[]

The talk is at the usual location in DMS 102 at 4 p.m.

If you have questions, you can contact Philipp Ruprecht, Assistant Professor, Geological Sciences, at 775-682-6048.

AEG Monthly Dinner Meeting—February 16, 2017



DATE: Thursday February 16, 2017

Dr. John Louie (Professor of Geophysics Ph.D., P.E., D. PE, Nevada Seismological Laboratory, UNR, Reno, Nevada)
Dr. Stephen Dickenson (Principal, New Albion Geotechnical, Inc. Reno, Nevada)

TOPIC: Characterization of Earthquake Ground Motions for Engineering Design in the Reno Basin: Geotechnical and Seismological Perspectives




COST: Members: $25.00; non-members: $29.00

Student dinners are sponsored by Merrily Graham and Gary Luce.

ABSTRACT: Current seismic codes for buildings and bridges define the earthquake ground motions used for design on the basis of regional seismic hazard assessment, bedrock characteristics, and adjustment factors for site response (i.e., Site Coefficients). The Site Coefficients have been developed from strong motion recordings supplemented with computational results from one-dimensional dynamic soil response analyses. The 1-D nature of the site response assessment precludes consideration of 2-D and 3-D effects on the characteristics of the ground motions, therefore the influence of Basin Effects are not explicitly accounted for in the code-based seismic hazard assessment. While the possible importance of Basin Effects on design ground motions is mentioned in the Commentary of the codes, little guidance is provided for practitioners in regions featuring geologic basins, such as Reno, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Drs. Dickenson and Louie will present insights gleaned from recent civil engineering projects that have addressed Basin Effects on strong ground motions, and share observations made in the Reno Basin using recorded data from earthquakes in the region, and computational models of 3-D basin effects. The focus of the joint presentation is on the seismological and engineering characterization of earthquake ground motions in the Reno Basin. The presentation will address the implications for engineering practice in Reno and highlight the benefits of integrated project interaction by seismologists, earth scientists, and geotechnical engineers.


Dr. Dickenson has been active in geotechnical earthquake engineering research, education, and professional practice since 1985. His international project experience and applied research has focused primarily in the areas of seismic hazard evaluation, seismic ground motion characterization, dynamic soil response, liquefaction evaluation and mitigation, slope stability and seismically-induced ground deformation, dynamic soil-foundation–structure interaction (SFSI), and performance-based seismic design of major civil infrastructure. He has served on several professional committees charged with developing seismic guidelines, standards, and codes for major civil infrastructure, with incorporation of performance-based design principles.

Prof. Louie has been active in exploration seismology and geotechnical research and education since 1982. He has been teaching at UNR for 25 years, sponsoring and advising 22 M.S. and Ph.D. graduates. Prof. Louie invented the “refraction microtremor” shear-wave velocity measurement technique. SeisOpt® ReMi™ has been available commercially from Optim since 2004. The results of Prof. Louie’s largest project, a three-year program of over 10,000 ReMi™ measurements in Clark County, will appear in the April 2017 issue of the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America.

CREG Annual Meeting & Student Presentations of CREG-Funded Research—Feb 16 and 17


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CORRECTION: We apologize for the error in this announcement. Only CREG sponsors and UNR faculty and students are invited to the student presentations on Friday, February 17.

A message from John Muntean: You are invited to attend activities for the 2017 Ralph J. Roberts Center for Research in Economic Geology Annual Meeting & Student Presentations of CREG-Funded Research.

Agenda for the 2017 Ralph J. Roberts Center for Research in Economic Geology Annual Meeting & Student Presentations of CREG-Funded Research

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

3:30-4:30:            Ralph J Roberts Distinguished Lecture in Economic Geology: Jeff Hedenquist, Title: “Transition from the Epithermal Environment to the Tops of Porphyry Deposits” (Theater on the third floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union).

5:15-7:30:            Hosted reception at Great Basin Brewery (5525 S. Virginia)

Friday, February 17th, 2017 CREG Sponsors and UNR Faculty and Staff only

Student Presentations, Joe Crowley Student Union, Great Room, Fourth Floor

7:30-8:00             Breakfast

8:00-8:30             Tracy Anderson, Testing Silver Mobility: An investigation into supergene silver enrichment at the Rochester Mine in Pershing County, Nevada

8:30-9:00             Steve Howell, Formation of Disseminated Epithermal Gold Ore at Round Mountain, Nevada

9:00-9:30             Ajeet Milliard, Spatial and Temporal Constraints on Carlin-Type Gold Mineralization at the Pequop Mountains Footwall to the Ruby Mountain–East Humboldt Metamorphic Core Complex

9:30-10:00          Coffee Break, Posters

10:00-10:30        Wilson Bonner, Spatial and Temporal Relationship between Carlin-Style Gold Mineralization and Polymetallic Mineralization at the Deep Cove Gold-Silver Deposit, Nevada

10:30-11:00        Patrick Quillen, Time-space relationships between magmatism, hydrothermal alteration and mineralization at Buffalo Canyon, Union District

11:00-11:30        David Freedman, Eocene magmatism and polymetallic mineralization in the central Cherry Creek Range, White Pine County, Nevada

11:30-12:30        Lunch, posters

12:30-1:00          Elizabeth Hollingsworth, Gold Mineralization in the Rain-Railroad District, Southern Carlin Trend, Nevada: Relationship of Carlin-type and Intrusion-related Gold Deposits and the Carlin-type to Epithermal Transition

1:00-1:30             Micah Claypoole, Shear-Related Gold-Bearing Quartz Veins in Metamorphic Rock at Mineral Ridge, Esmeralda County, Nevada

1:30-2:00             Justin Milliard, Links between the Development of Extensional Basins and the Formation of Low-Sulfidation Epithermal Deposits:  Insights from the middle Miocene Northern Nevada Rift, North-Central, Nevada

2:00-2:30             Coffee Break, Posters

2:30-3:00             Sergey Konyshev, Metasedimentary Rock-hosted Au-Sb-Hg Mineralization within the Stibnite Roof Pendant, Yellow Pine Mining District, Idaho

3:00-3:30             Robert Johnson, They Hydrothermal Footprint in Siliciclastic-Volcanic Rocks above Carbonate-Hosted High-Grade Ore at the Turquoise Ridge Carlin-Type Gold Deposit

3:30-4:00             Carli Balogh (tentative), Tertiary Volcanic Rocks, Hydrothermal Alteration, and Epithermal Precious Metal Deposits of the Patterson Mining District, Sweetwater Mountains, Mono County, California and Lyon County, Nevada

Geological Society of Nevada[] Meeting
(6:00-9:00 pm, Reno Elks Lodge, 597 Kumle Ln)
Talk by Jeff Hedenquist at 8 pm
“Discovery vs Dogma: Lateral Thinking During Successful Exploration of Porphyry-Epithermal Systems”


John Muntean, Ph.D
Director, Ralph J. Roberts Center for Research in Economic Geology (CREG)
Arthur Brant Chair in Exploration Geology
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
Mail Stop 178
University of Nevada Reno
Reno, Nevada 89557-0178 USA
fax 775-784-1709

TMPF Talks: Climate—Feb 8

A message from Matt Webber with the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation (TMPF): “I just wanted to invite [you] to “TMPF Talks: Climate” which will be held Wednesday, February 8th at the California Building in Idlewild Park in Reno. We’d truly appreciate if you could spread the word and forward this email to anyone you think might be interested. Below are the event details, and here is the Facebook event:[]

TMPF Talks: Climate

“The Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation (TMPF) is hosting TMPF Talks: Climate on February 8th at the California Building from 6pm-8pm as part of our quarterly lecture series. This free and open to the public event will include some great guest speakers (listed below). We’ll start with an overview of historical climates, geography, and weather analysis. Then narrow down our discussion to at-home greenhouse gas emission strategies.”

Speakers and topics include:

 Dr. Benjamin Hatchett — “Paleoclimate, Geographical Zones, Macroclimate”

Benjamin Hatchett, Desert Research Institute, Department of Atmospheric Sciences

Dr. Stephanie McAfee — “Climate in the Truckee Meadows”

Stephanie McAfee Ph.D, Assistant Professor, University of Nevada Reno, Geography Department

Dr. Kerri Jean Ormerod —“Precipitation & Landscape Reporting”

Kerri Jean Ormerod, Geography/Cooperative Extension, University of Nevada, Reno

Mr. David Gibson — “Climate Solutions”

David Gibson, Powered By Sunshine Founder, Sustainable Consulting

California Building, Idlewild Park

75 Cowan Dr, Reno, NV 89509[]

COS Discover Science Lecture Series—Feb 16: Michael Dickinson—on Insect Behavior, Physiology and Evolution


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“Award winning professor of Biology and Bioengineering at the California Institute of Technology presents his fascinating discoveries in insect behavior, physiology and evolution”—on February 16, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in DMS Room 110 (auditorium).

Details here[]

“Free parking is available on the top level of the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex located on N. Virginia Street.”

Read story by Michael Olinger, Nevada Today, Jan. 11, 2017:
Neuroscientist and bioengineer to speak about aerodynamic feats of fruit flies: Michael Dickinson to present Feb. 16 in free Discover Science Lecture Series at University of Nevada, Reno

COS Discover Science Lecture Series—Spring schedule:

DGSE Talks—Spring Schedule

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A note from the UNR Dept. of Geological Sciences & Engineering (DGSE): “We have a broad selection of speakers lined up for the semester, and with a few exceptions they will visit us every other week.”

List of confirmed seminar speakers for Spring 2017:

01/30 Dr. Dan McGrath (CSU)
02/13 Dr. Esteban Gazel (Virginia Tech) – GeoPRISMS, Distinguished Lecturer[]
03/13 Dr. Wes Thelen (USGS-Vancouver)
03/27 Dr. Elizabeth Cassel (U Idaho)
04/03 Dr. Daniela Rubatto (U Bern, Switzerland) – Mineralogical Society of America, Distinguished Lecturer[]
04/24 Dr. James Dolan (USC) – Slemmons Lecture
05/01 Dr. Keith Priestley (Cambridge, UK)

These talks are at the usual location in DMS 102 at 4 p.m.

If you have questions, you can contact Philipp Ruprecht, Assistant Professor, Geological Sciences, at 775-682-6048.