NBMG Earth Science Week Field Trip—Sunday October 16


NBMG Earth Science Week Field Trip 2016:
A River Runs Through It—
Geology Along the Truckee River Valley from Reno to Pyramid Lake

We hope you can join us as we explore the area along the Truckee River east of Reno and in the Virginia Mountains south of Pyramid Lake!

Click here for Field Trip flyer (top photo by Corina Forson):

Click here for the Field Trip guidebook:

Major stops on the field trip will include the following:

  • A “young” one-million-year-old lava that flowed into the Truckee River Canyon
  • Paleo–Lake Lahontan sediments from glacial times
  • Several major earthquake faults
  • Tufa mounds
  • Fossil locality with 15-million-year-old leaf imprints (Happy National Fossil Day, yesterday October 12!)

You must sign up online prior to the trip and sign a waiver form. Please print out a paper copy, sign and date, and submit prior to the field trip or bring to the field trip starting point.

NBMG coordinates annual geology field trips for the public during Earth Science Week. These field trips are fun, educational, family oriented, and always free. NBMG has been an active participant in Earth Science Week since it began in 1998.

NBMG Third Annual Open House—Saturday October 15 (9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)


Discover Nevada Geology with Experts from NBMG

You are invited to join experts at NBMG’s Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library for a day of lectures, displays, tours, and activities!

Click here for Open House flyer:

The Open House is hosted by the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) at the Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library (GBSSRL) at 2175 Raggio Parkway in Reno.  It is an opportunity for the general public to discover Nevada geology and learn more about our dynamic landscapes and unique geology.

Nevada is richly endowed with natural resources and has more gold and geothermal resources than any other state, but our evolving landscapes also make Nevada prone to natural hazards, including earthquakes, floods, and landslides. The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology is the state’s geological survey and charged with assessing our mineral, geothermal, and oil-gas resources while also analyzing natural hazards to mitigate their effects.  The GBSSRL houses vast collections of reports and rock and mineral specimens on Nevada’s geology, resources, and geologic hazards.

We welcome the public to our third annual open house on October 15 to learn more about our unique environment.

ESW Proclamation by the Governor


10:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
Controversies Surrounding the Origin of the World’s Two Largest Gold Belts:
The Witwatersrand of South Africa and the Carlin Trend of Nevada

by Dr. John Muntean, NBMG Research Geologist and Director of the Ralph J. Roberts Center for Research in Economic Geology

11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Geothermal Energy: So Hot Right Now

by Dr. Bridget Ayling, NBMG Research Geologist and Director of the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy

1:30 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.
Unravelling the Earthquake History along the Most Exciting Road in America:
Quaternary Faults and Paleoearthquakes in Central Nevada

by Dr. Rich Koehler, NBMG Research Geologist

2:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.
Earth‘s Flex and Flow in Nevada

by Dr. Bill Hammond, NBMG Research Geodesist


Learn to gold pan
Tour the sample library
Find faults on air photos
Pick up a free radon test kit
Adopt a pet rock
Play geology games—and win prizes
Bring a rock for free identification
Find hazards near your home, work, or school
View maps and equipment on display
Buy publications on special sale
Meet scientists
Enjoy refreshments


Susan Howe, Program Director of the Nevada Radon Education Program, will be at the Open House and will be distributing free radon testing kits and information on radon.

  • Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from the decay of uranium found naturally in rocks, soil and water.
  • Radon can enter homes and accumulate to dangerous levels, raising the risk of lung cancer in their home.
  • In Nevada, 25 percent of tested homes have elevated radon concentrations in excess of the Environmental Protection Agency action level.
  • The Nevada Radon Education Program will be offering free radon test kits to attendees.

Nevada Radon Education Program:


There is still time for your children and neighbors (ages 9 to 14) to enter the Radon Poster Contest!

The deadline is October 31, 2016, but students can bring their poster entries with them to the Open House on Saturday to submit to Susan Howe.

For more information, please read details in these links below.

2017 Nevada Radon Poster Contest:


This contest is sponsored by the Nevada Radon Education Program and the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health.


Volunteers from GPAA will be at the Open House to offer free lessons in gold panning.



The following items will be 20% off only for Open House visitors on October 15:

Nevada Geology Calendar 2017:

NBMG guidebooks:

Lake Tahoe 3-D poster (50% off this item only):

The discount is available while supplies last and is not available for online or phone orders.

Nevada Geology Calendar 2017—Available at Open House!


This 12-month calendar was designed by Jack Hursh, Jennifer Vlcan, Chris Henry, and Nick Hinz and features a different geologic topic each month (January through December 2017):

Desatoya Mountains, Sand Mountain, McDermitt Caldera, The Sump, Santa Rosa Range, Northern Nevada Orogenies, Mount Rose Glaciation, Basin and Range National Monument, Virginia Mountains, Old Soil Horizons, Pequop Mountains, Little Finland—plus interesting facts about Nevada and the geology of the state.

A limited number of calendars will be available on special 20% off sale for Open House visitors only on Saturday October 15. Regular sales will begin on October 18.

Click here to get a sneak peak of the calendar:

Free campus delivery: For those on the University of Nevada, Reno campus who would like free delivery, you may select “Pick up” on the shopping cart so you will not be charged for shipping and then under “instructions” type “UNR campus mail delivery.” Please be sure to give us your campus mail stop and department name.

Quantity discount: If you buy 10 or more calendars per order, you will receive a 20% discount.

Great Nevada ShakeOut—October 20 at 10:20


“Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:20 a.m. on October 20th during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills!

Nevadans can join them today by registering for the 2016 Great Nevada ShakeOut. Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes– wherever you live, work, or travel.”


Also check out the NBMG website for more information on earthquakes:



DGSE Lecture—Monday October 17

Topic: Mining for Microbes: Diversity of life in the deep subsurface
Speaker: Dr. Brandi Reese, Texas A&M
When: Monday October 17th at 4 PM
Where: DMS 105



Abstract: The deep subsurface environment has been shown to host a diverse prokaryotic population that may be home to one of the largest biomes on Earth. This environment has only recently been appreciated as a diverse metabolically active ecosystem, profoundly affecting global elemental cycles. Due to extreme difficulty inherent in sampling this environment, relatively few locations have been studied in depth and over time. Therefore, the diversity, abundance, energy metabolisms and active fraction of subsurface organisms have traditionally been poorly constrained. My research uses high throughput sequencing to comprehensively survey archaeal and bacterial communities in deeply buried continental and marine environments. Unlike other environments, the deep subsurface provides a unique opportunity to study biogeography across four dimensions. These samples are not only isolated by linear space on a global scale, but they are also temporally isolated by, in some cases, tens of millions of years.

For questions, please contact:
Scott McCoy, Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering
Office phone: 775-682-7205

Job Announcements from BLM


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:  Interdisciplinary Forester/Civil Engineer (Forest Engineer);
Announcement Number:  OR-DEU-2016-0204;
Location(s) of position:  Grants Pass, OR, US;
Salary:  $59,246 – $77,019;
Applications will be accepted until:  10/18/2016.
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Position Information:
Job Description:  Range Assistant (OA);
Announcement Number:  NM-DEU-2016-0079;
Location(s) of position:  Socorro, NM, US;
Salary:  $36,025 – $46,831;
Applications will be accepted until:  10/20/2016.
For additional information on this job posting, please go to:

Job Announcement from BLM

Message from BLM:  We are pleased to announce a new, exciting position 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:  Land Law Examiner;
Announcement Number:  NM-PTHWYS-2016-0010;
Location(s) of position:  Santa Fe, NM, US;
Salary:  $32,323 – $52,052;
Applications will be accepted until:  10/17/2016.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.