Archive | April 2012

The Nevada Mineral Industry 2010

MI-2010–This report, the thirty-second of an annual series, describes mineral, oil and gas, and geothermal activities and accomplishments in Nevada in 2010: production statistics, exploration and development including drilling activity, discoveries of orebodies, new mines opened, and expansion of existing mines. Statistics of known gold, silver, and other metallic deposits, and directories of mines and mills are included. This report is only available on the Web:

New Reno urban area geologic map

Open-File Report 11-7: Preliminary revised geologic maps of the Reno urban area, Nevada
by Alan R. Ramelli, Christopher D. Henry, and Jerome P. Walker,
with contributions by John W. Bell, Patricia H. Cashman, Craig M. dePolo, Larry J. Garside, P. Kyle House, James H. Trexler, and Michael C. Widmer



This study developed a comprehensive, unified stratigraphy for the Quaternary, Cenozoic, and Mesozoic rocks of the Reno urban area that can be extended to adjacent areas. The study also completely remapped Quaternary and older faults in the area based on extensive new surface and subsurface data. Six new cross sections are the first to depict the overall structure of the Truckee Meadows basin. The maps are compiled in ArcGIS so that they can be continuously updated as additional data become available.

Open-File Report 11-7 was revised from these published geologic maps from NBMG:
Urban Map 4Gg, Geologic map of the Verdi quadrangle, John W. Bell and Larry J. Garside (1987);
Urban Map 4Ag, Geologic map of the Reno quadrangle, Harold F. Bonham and Edward C. Bingler (1973);
Urban Map 4Hg, Geologic map of the Vista quadrangle, John W. Bell and Harold F. Bonham (1987);
Urban Map 5Ag, Geologic map of the Washoe City quadrangle, R.W. Tabor and S. Ellen (1975);
Urban Map 4Bg, Geologic map of the Mt. Rose NE quadrangle, Harold F. Bonham Jr. and David K. Rogers (1983); and Urban Map 4Fg, Geologic map of the Steamboat quadrangle, Harold F. Bonham Jr. and John W. Bell (1993)

Supersedes Open-File Report 10-11.

Available free on the Web or for purchase–

OF11-7, 3 color plates, scale 1:24,000-scale, each plate 80×42 inches, rolled only, $66.00 for the set of 3 plates

You may purchase these individual plates by calling 775-682-8766. They will be available on our shopping cart next week.
OF11-7-1 (plate 1 only, north half) $22.00
(plate 2 only, south half) $22.00
(plate 3 only, cross sections) $22.00

Minerals of Nevada–now in paperback!



Special Publication 31: Minerals of Nevada by Stephen B. Castor and Gregory C. Ferdock, 2004

Minerals of Nevada is the first synoptic catalog of Nevada minerals, listing every mineral found in the state along with the places where they occur. But the book is far more than a compendium. Included are engaging essays by several distinguished scientists and collectors that offer a geologic history of Nevada; a history of mining and mineral study in the state; descriptions of significant mineral deposit types and mining districts; essays on meteorites, gemstones, and minerals first found in Nevada; and some tips for collectors. The book is lavishly illustrated with color photographs by Jeff Scovil, Sugar White, and others. A map showing mining districts and important mineral occurrences is also included.

560 pages, including 102 color photos, 1 map (scale 1:1,000,000)

New paperback edition–$45.00:

 Original hardback edition–temporarily on sale for $60.00:

USGS Spring Mega Sale–through May 7

The USGS is having a $1 topographic map and geologic map (GQ, I, MF, etc.) sale:

“Now thru May 7th Only! – Save up to 87% off select titles. Over 60,000 USGS items deeply discounted to just $1.

Click below now to browse these incredible map deals before they’re gone for good…”

New hours of operation (effective April 23, 2012)

Due to budget cuts, beginning April 23, 2012, the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Publication Sales and Information Office at Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library will be closed on Mondays.

Our new hours of operation for walk-in and phone customers will be Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Doors close at 4:00, so please make all of your purchases by 3:30.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Mineral Sale tomorrow, April 7th!

The W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum and the Mackay Rockhounds will be holding a mineral sale tomorrow, April 7,  starting at 11 am outside the Mackay Mines Building. Come on down and find some treasures!


Nevada Petroleum Society Dinner Meeting: Thursday, April 5, 2012

RSVP by today, April 3

Ramada Reno Hotel; 6:30 PM
1000 East 6th Street, Reno, NV 89512

Speaker: Dr. Andrew Hanson
Associate Professor – UNLV Dept of Geoscience
Director of “Thermal Anomalies around Salt” Industry Consortium

Title: “Molecular organic geochemistry of Railroad Valley Oils and Source Rocks”

Cocktail Reception 6:30, Skyline Bar, 14th Floor
Redeem your dinner ticket for a drink at the Skyline Bar
Hosted by Barbour Well, Inc.

Dinner Served at 7:00 PM
NPS Members $20; Non-Members $23; Students $10
Menu: Buffet style including chicken & beef entrees with side dishes and salad

**RSVP by April 3 to Diane Phillips (775) 267-4663 or