Archive | June 2012

New Geothermal Report

Open-File Report 12-3
Data tables and graphs of geothermal power production in Nevada, 1985-2011
by Lisa Shevenell, Jonathan G. Price, and Ronald H. Hess


This report summarizes statistics on geothermal power production in Nevada from initial plant construction in 1985 through 2011. Data are compiled on nameplate capacity, gross production, and net production by producing geothermal area. Graphs illustrate trends for individual areas and for Nevada overall. The data and graphs are in an Excel spreadsheet, which is also available online with this document, at and

Text (19 pages, color):

Spreadsheet: MS Excel spreadsheet (.xls) (352 kb)

This report is only available online.

Normal hours resume July 2, 2012 – open again on Mondays!

We are pleased to announce that the NBMG Publication Sales and Information Office (Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library) will resume full-time hours starting July 2 (Monday–Friday 8:00 to 4:00, cash register closes at 3:30). We thank you for your patience during our period of reduced hours. The reduced hours were needed to complete a new shopping cart and publications database (coming soon) and to continue the electronic conversion of our information for posting online while we still had full state funding. We thank the Nevada Division of Minerals, which promotes accumulating geologic knowledge for better understanding natural resources in the state, for partially supporting this office with some vital bridging funds in the coming fiscal year. These funds allow NBMG to remain open to the public full time in the coming fiscal year while also adding more information and geologic samples and to make that content available to the public, both at the Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library and on the Web.

Our office will be closed for the July 4 holiday.

2012 Exploration Survey

The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology is conducting a survey for the Nevada Division of Minerals that is aimed at gauging exploration activity in Nevada. The role that exploration plays in Nevada’s mineral industry and overall economy is not well understood by Nevada’s legislators and citizens. We encourage any individual or company who did exploration (minerals, geothermal, and petroleum) in Nevada in 2011 to fill out the survey by July 15, 2012. The survey will help quantify the impact of exploration on the economy and jobs in Nevada; individual responses are confidential. Information on how to return the survey is included.

Link to survey:

Lecture on petroleum–by Jerry Walker–July 27

Jerry Walker (member of Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society) will present a lecture on the history and geology of petroleum production in Nevada. This lecture is part of their special exhibit called “Edward Burtynsky: Oil” that runs from June 9 to September 23, 2012.

Where: Nevada Museum of Art (160 W. Liberty St., Reno, NV)

When: July 27 at noon

Cost: $10 or free to museum members


New at NBMG: Map 175 – Geologic map of the Gass Peak SW quadrangle, Clark County, Nevada

by Alan R. Ramelli, William R. Page, Craig R. Manker, and Kathleen B. Springer


A 1:24,000-scale, color geologic map of the Gass Peak SW 7.5-minute quadrangle in Clark County, Nevada with descriptions of 30 geologic units.  Accompanying text includes full unit descriptions and references. Map 175 supersedes Open-File Report 09-3.

Available free on the Web: text (131 kb) – plate (5.9 Mb) – GIS zipfile (39.5 Mb)


Map 175, 1:24,000-scale color plate, 30 x 31 inches; 7 page-text, b/w; folded or rolled, $20.00



Please note: You may order Map 175 right now by calling (775) 682-8766. Otherwise, this new publication will be available for sale on our shopping cart next week.


Read about the authors:

William R. Page (U.S. Geological Survey)
USGS Pacific Southwest Area

Craig R. Manker (San Bernardino County Museum)

Kathleen B. Springer (San Bernardino County Museum)


Alan R. Ramelli (Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology)
Research Geologist

New at NBMG: Open-File Report 12-2 – Preliminary geologic map of the Sahwave and Nightingale ranges, Churchill, Pershing, and Washoe Counties, Nevada

by Nicholas Van Buer
Stanford University


Available on the Web – plate (28 Mb) – text (721 kb) 

1:62,500-scale color plate, 53 x 35 inches; 12-page text, color; folded or rolled, $28.00 

Please note: You may order Open-File Report 12-2 right now by calling (775) 682-8766. Otherwise, this new publication will be available for sale on our shopping cart next week.