NBMG 3rd Annual Open House—Saturday October 15—Save the Date!

img_9389You are invited to NBMG’s third annual Open House at the Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library on Saturday October 15, 2016 to celebrate National Earth Science Week (ESW).

Learn about Nevada’s amazing geologic setting and rapidly evolving landscapes—and how earth science benefits your community and your future.

There will be lectures and activities for all ages.

Details will be coming soon!

NBMG ESW Annual Field Trip 2016—Sunday October 16—Save the Date!

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NBMG participates in Earth Science Week by coordinating annual geologic field trips for the general public.
The field trip is free to the public!

This year’s trip on Sunday October 16 will explore the area along the Truckee River east of Reno and in the Virginia Mountains south of Pyramid Lake.

Stay tuned for more information!

Earth Science Week Focus Days

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“Earth Science Week is happy to announce special days focusing on specific themes during the week-long celebration, October 9-15, 2016.”

You can view details here: http://earthsciweek.org

Sunday, October 9–International EarthCache Day
Monday, October 10–Earth Science Literacy Day
Tuesday, October 11–No Child Left Inside Day
Wednesday, October 12–National Fossil Day
Thursday, October 13–Geoscience for Everyone Day
Friday, October 14–Geologic Map Day
Saturday, October 15–International Archaeology Day

Kennedy Mining District—New Book by Alan Wallace

The story of the Kennedy mining district, Pershing County, Nevada: The people, mining, and economy
Author:
Alan R. Wallace
Year: 2016—just released!
Format: 306 pages, spiral-bound
Details / order here: http://pubs.nbmg.unr.edu/The-story-of-the-Kennedy-mining-district-p/aw1.htm

Mining was one of the state’s major industries in the first sixty years of Nevada’s history, and it continues to play a major role today. Over time, miners established more than five hundred mining districts in the state, and gold and silver were produced from many of them (Fig. 1-1; Tingley, 1992). Some districts, including the well-known mining centers at Virginia City, Tonopah, Goldfield, Eureka, and Pioche, produced enormous quantities of metals, and each was home to thousands of residents. They had impacts that extended far beyond Nevada’s borders, and their residents came from all corners of the country and the world. The great quantities of metals that came out of the districts produced instant fortunes for some, successful political careers for others, and, in the case of the Comstock Lode in Virginia City, statehood for Nevada. Each major district has been the subject of extensive research and countless publications, and their rich and fascinating mining histories still draw tourists to relive that glorious past.

Take away that handful of truly spectacular mining districts, and one is left with hundreds of other mining camps that were much smaller, produced much less ore, and came and went in a matter of a few years to, at best, a decade (Fig. 1-1). As described by Allen Bragg, the early 1900s editor of the Silver State newspaper in Winnemucca, these smaller mining districts “came up like a wind storm and went down like a whirlwind” (Bragg, 1905). Little is known about most of them, and their “tourism” usually is limited to a few people in search of ghost towns. Yet, each mining camp was home to people and businesses for as long as the veins held out. Their impacts, rather than national or global, instead were more at the county scale, and the constant migration of people and money from one camp to another over the years was an essential part of life in rural Nevada through much of its early history. One might call these smaller districts unimportant, but they were very significant for both the people who were there and the surrounding communities that they supported.

This is a story about the Kennedy mining district, in what now is eastern Pershing County, which was one of those “typical” smaller mining districts (Fig. 1-2). You are not alone if you never heard of it. The Kennedy mining district began in 1891, boomed in the mid 1890s, and then went through a series of similar but increasingly smaller booms and busts until World War II. Its discovery and boom coincided with the Panic of 1893 and the nadir of Nevada’s mining industry and economy. Kennedy was a big deal for both Humboldt County and northern Nevada, and it gave hope to the five hundred people who were there in 1894. The money that came out of the district filtered into the Humboldt County and nearby economies and provided a much-needed boost that extended far beyond the confines of Kennedy.

Unraveling the history and details of Kennedy provides a snapshot of how these smaller districts functioned, from the mining to the stores to the people who came and went through the years. Kennedy was not unique, by any means, and the story in this remote mining camp probably repeated itself many times over at the hundreds of other similar districts throughout Nevada.

About the Author:
Alan Wallace was a research geologist in the Mineral Resources Program of the U.S. Geological Survey for 31 years. Much of his geologic work focused on the geology of old mining districts in Nevada, Colorado, and other parts of the West. He has turned his interests to the broader history of those mining districts and the related early history of rural northern Nevada. He lives in Reno, Nevada.

Job Announcements from BLM

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Message from BLM:  We are pleased to announce new, exciting positions available at BLM – BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT.   It is our hope that qualified, career oriented individuals at your organization or other professionals known to you will actively consider this position and apply accordingly.  Efforts on your part to disseminate this information are greatly appreciated.

Position Information:
Job Description:  Ecologist;
Announcement Number:  MT-DEU-2016-0096;
Location(s) of position:  Glasgow, MT, US;
Salary:  $48,968 – $77,019;
Applications will be accepted until:  10/04/2016.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.

Position Information:
Job Description:  Lead Human Resources Specialist;
Announcement Number:  NV Merit-2016-0527;
Location(s) of position:  Cheyenne, WY, US;
Salary:  $71,012 – $92,316;
Applications will be accepted until:  10/05/2016.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.

Position Information:
Job Description:  Rangeland Management Specialist;
Announcement Number:  NM-DEU-2016-0075;
Location(s) of position:  Las Cruces, NM, US;
Salary:  $39,570 – $62,920;
Applications will be accepted until:  09/28/2016.
For additional information on this job posting, please go to:
https://jobs.mgsapps.monster.com/blm/vacancy/viewVacancyDetail!execute.hms?orgId=3&jnum=116098[jobs.mgsapps.monster.com]

Position Information:
Job Description:  Visual Information Specialist;
Announcement Number:  NV-DEU-2016-0180;
Location(s) of position:  Las Vegas, NV, US;
Salary:  $49,054 – $77,154;
Applications will be accepted until:  09/28/2016.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.

Position Information:
Job Description:  Civil Engineer;
Announcement Number:  NM-DEU-2016-0076;
Location(s) of position:  Albuquerque, NM, US;
Salary:  $59,256 – $77,033;
Applications will be accepted until:  10/13/2016.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.

Position Information:
Job Description:  Forester (O & C Lands);
Announcement Number:  OR-DEU-2016-0201;
Location(s) of position:  Eugene, OR, US;
Salary:  $40,033 – $63,654;
Applications will be accepted until:  10/06/2016.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.

New Job Announcements from BLM!

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A message from BLM:
We are pleased to announce new, exciting positions available at BLM – BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT.   It is our hope that qualified, career oriented individuals at your organization or other professionals known to you will actively consider this position and apply accordingly.  Efforts on your part to disseminate this information are greatly appreciated.

Position Information:
Job Description:  Wildlife Biologist;
Announcement Number:  OR-DEU-2016-0181;
Location(s) of position:  Medford, OR, US;
Salary:  $48,968 – $63,654;
Applications will be accepted until:  09/22/2016.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.

Position Information:
Job Description:  Archaeologist;
Announcement Number:  NV Merit-2016-0476;
Location(s) of position:  Ely, NV, US;
Salary:  $59,246 – $77,019;
Applications will be accepted until:  09/13/2016.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.

Position Information:
Job Description:  Mitigation Specialist;
Announcement Number:  MT-DEU-2016-0088;
Location(s) of position:  Denver, CO, US, Grand Junction, CO, US, Billings, MT, US, Miles City, MT, US, Vernal, UT, US, Casper, WY, US, Cheyenne, WY, US, Rock Springs, WY, US, Worland, WY, US;
Salary:  $71,012 – $92,316;
Applications will be accepted until:  09/14/2016.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.

Position Information:
Job Description:  Program Analyst (Litigation Specialist);
Announcement Number:  OR-DEU-2016-0154;
Location(s) of position:  Portland, OR, US;
Salary:  $51,683 – $67,183;
Applications will be accepted until:  09/12/2016.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.

Position Information:
Job Description:  Safety and Occupational Health Manager;
Announcement Number:  NM-DEU-2016-0072;
Location(s) of position:  Santa Fe, NM, US;
Salary:  $70,192 – $91,255;
Applications will be accepted until:  09/20/2016.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.

Nevada Mineral Exploration Coalition

Nevada Mineral Exploration Coalition
The 4th Annual Great Basin Rendezvous
September 16–18, 2016

Register today or more information: https://www.nvmec.org/