In search of ancient shorelines and volcanoes in the Grimes Point and Lahontan Mountains area
October 15 or 16, 2011
By D.D. LaPointe, J.G. Price, D.A. Davis, and Craig M. dePolo
National Earth Science Week (ESW) 2011 encourages people everywhere to explore the natural world and learn about the geosciences. The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) welcomes you to participate in its fourteenth annual Earth Science Week field trip. In keeping with the National ESW theme, “Our Ever-Changing Earth,” this year’s trip will focus on the Cenozoic geology of the region around Grimes Point and the Lahontan Mountains, including evidence for a large Pleistocene lake in the area; volcanism related to crustal extension in the Basin and Range Province of the western United States; hydrothermal (hot water) activity associated with volcanism; tilting of volcanic and sedimentary rocks related to faulting and extension; and production of electricity using geothermal power, related to hot water that gets close to the surface along extension-related faults. Many of the features we will explore are related to ongoing geologic processes that continue to alter the face of the Earth. Frequent reference will be made to recently published NBMG geologic maps of the Lahontan Mountains Quadrangle and the Grimes Point Quadrangle, by NBMG geologist John Bell and others.
Road log (Educational Series 51):
Four NBMG faculty members were featured in the Silver & Blue magazine for their outstanding achievements.
Read about their stories here:
Cornelis Kreemer, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology: American Geophysical Union’s Geodesy Section Award for 2010; Mackay Researcher of the Year.
Daphne LaPointe, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology: Mackay Award for Excellence.
John Muntean, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology: Mousel-Feltner Award in Research.
Jonathan Price, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology: Geological Society of America 2010 Public Service Award; Mining and Metallurgical Society of America President’s Citation.
The August 2011 issue of Mining Engineering features an article by NBMG Director and State Geologist, Jon Price:Energy critical elements: Securing materials for emerging technologies “Much of the text in this article has been quoted directly from the report [by APS], which is available online…” http://www.aps.org/about/pressreleases/elementsreport.cfm Read more about Jon Price: http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/Staff/Price.html
The August 2011 issue of Economic Geology features an article by John Muntean (NBMG) and Paul Taufen:
Geochemical exploration for gold through transported alluvial cover in Nevada: Examples from the Cortez Mine
Read more about John Muntean: http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/staff/johnmuntean.html