Archive | February 2013

NBMG on cover of GRC Bulletin

NBMG Director and State Geologist, Jim Faulds, and retired long-time NBMG Executive Assistant, Terri Garside, appear on the cover of a recent Geothermal Resources Council Bulletin as a result of having led two field trips for the GRC meeting in Reno this past Fall, including both a pre- and post-meeting, two-day trip.  About 25 people attended each trip. The pre-meeting trip visited geothermal sites in and around the Carson Sink of western Nevada, including the Brady’s, Desert Peak, Salt Wells, and Soda Lake geothermal systems. The post-meeting trip visited geothermal sites near Winnemucca (Blue Mountain and Rye Patch) and the Black Rock Desert area in northwestern Nevada. 

The caption for the GRC Bulletin cover reads, “Dr. James Faulds explains a fault surface in the Desert Queen fault zone, part of the Desert Queen Geothermal System. Dr. Faulds, the Nevada State Geologist, stands in the faulted area along with field trip participants. The Desert Queen geothermal system is a blind system first identified by temperature gradient drilling (Benoit et al., 1982). As the fault zone terminates southward, it breaks into multiple splays that provide increased permeability for geothermal fluids. The fault zone was a stop for the GRC field trip, “Structural Controls of Geothermal Activity in the Western Great Basin, Nevada, Part I.” [photo by Susan Fox Hodgson]


To read more and see additional photos of field trips, see the November/December 2012 GRC Bulletin:


Endowment honors Dr. Hsu – Research Mineralogist Emeritus (NBMG)

The following story is from the Development and Alumni Relations Briefs (February 12, 2013) and was forwarded from Char Hagemann.

Family of Liang-Chi Hsu create endowment to honor their father’s achievements The four children of faculty emeritus Liang-Chi (“Li”) Hsu and their families have established the Dr. Liang-Chi Hsu Graduate Research Endowment to honor their father’s personal and professional accomplishments and his impact on student learning and research in mineralogy and geochemistry at the University. Hsu served as a faculty member at the Mackay School of Mines and the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology from 1969 through 1996. In the late 1980s and early 90s, Hsu served as chair of the Honors study board and director of the University Honors Study Program, promoting the scholastic status of high-achieving undergraduate students. The endowment will support the scholarly activities of graduate students enrolled in the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering. To learn more about supporting the Mackay School and the College of Science, please contact Char Hagemann, director of development, (775) 682-8791.

To learn more about Development and Alumni Relations, visit

Photo contest for 2014 calendar – deadline March 31


Do you have an amazing photo of Nevada geology that you would like to see in the next 2014 Nevada Geology Calendar?

Entries are now being accepted for this photo contest!

Here is information about the 2013 calendar:

Here are the details for this contest for the 2014 calendar:

·         Deadline for entries is March 31, 2013.
·         Photos need to be taken in Nevada. A location description and/or GPS coordinates should accompany submissions along with description.
·         High-quality, high-resolution photo files of at least 300 dpi are required for quality printing.
·         You may enter as many photos as you wish.
·         E-mail submissions to Jack Hursh (
·         NBMG Cartographers will make the final decision on the winning photos.
·         Prizes will be awarded for first-, second-, and third-place winners.

[photo by Jeremy Vlcan]


Mineral and energy exploration survey – new series for NBMG

Nevada mineral and energy resource exploration survey 2011
by John L. Muntean, Larry J. Garside, and David A. Davis


22 pages, free on the Web or $7.00 for a paper copy

This publication is the first of a new NBMG series that reports data on Nevada’s mineral and energy exploration industry.

The previous seventeen reports in the series, entitled “Nevada Exploration Survey,” were conducted and compiled annually by the Nevada Division of Minerals.


The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) carried out a survey of companies exploring for metals, industrial minerals, geothermal energy, and oil and gas in Nevada.  The Nevada Commission on Mineral Resources and the Nevada Division of Minerals commissioned and funded the survey.  The impact of mineral and energy production on the Nevada economy is fairly well known; however, the impact of exploration is poorly understood due to limited data.  A goal of the survey was to gather data to better assess the impact of exploration on Nevada’s economy.  The focus of the survey was to collect data on expenditures and the number employees involved in exploration in 2011, as well as projections for 2012.  The survey also requested companies to break down their expenditures by category, as well as to rate the relative impact of various factors on their exploration programs.  NBMG contacted 262 companies, of which 186 explore for metals (mainly gold), 33 for industrial minerals, 25 for geothermal energy, and 18 for oil and gas.  Of those companies, 113 filled out the survey, and an additional 53 responded that they were no longer active in Nevada, for a total response rate of 63%.  Additionally, NBMG researched the Internet to gather data on 2011 expenditures for 72 of the 96 companies that did not respond to the survey.


In 2012, NBMG conducted the 18th annual “Nevada Exploration Survey” of companies engaged in exploration projects or holding claims or leases in Nevada. As in previous years, the purpose of this survey was to determine the current and projected levels of exploration activity, and to determine what factors are influencing these levels. The rationale for doing this survey is to provide information to elected officials, government agencies, private companies, and citizens in general, so that they better understand the impact of exploration on the Nevada economy and the factors that influence exploration.

The previous 17 surveys were conducted by the Nevada Division of Minerals (NDOM). For this survey, the Nevada Commission on Mineral Resources and NDOM commissioned and funded NBMG to conduct the survey. They charged NBMG with increasing the population size and the response rate of the survey. Also, in addition to companies exploring for metals and industrial minerals, NBMG was asked to send the survey to companies exploring for geothermal energy, as well as oil and gas. The survey form was simplified to emphasize actual expenditures by companies on exploration and the number of people employed by companies in exploration.


The authors and NBMG acknowledge the support of the Nevada Commission on Mineral Resources and the Nevada Division of Minerals for funding this survey.  The authors thank Dennis Bryan (Vice-Chairman of the Nevada Commission on Mineral Resources), Alan Coyner (Administrator of the Nevada Division of Minerals), and David Shaddrick (Director of the Nevada Mineral Exploration Coalition) for their input to the design of the survey and for providing lists of companies with contact information.

Click here to read the results of this survey:

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Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society meeting – February 7

Dinner Meeting: Thursday, February 7, 2013
Speaker: Lowell Price, Nevada Division of Minerals
Topic: Oil & Gas Exploration Summary, 2012
Where: Ramada Reno Hotel; 6:30 PM
1000 East 6th Street, Reno, NV 89512
Cocktail Reception 6:30, Skyline Bar, 14th Floor
Hosted by Barbour Well, Inc.
Dinner Served at 7:00 PM
NPGS Members $20; Non-Members $23; Students $10
**RSVP by Tuesday February 5 to Judy Kareck (775) 827-6111 or

Nevada Seismological Lab lecture at UNR – February 4

The Nevada Seismological Laboratory will present this lecture:
Speaker: Dr. Stephen D. Malone

Title: The Winter, 2013 magnitude 6.5 earthquake in Puget Sound that no one will feel”: The story of episodic tremor and slip (ETS), what it is, how we can measure it, some of its strange properties

Date: Monday Feb 4, 2013

Time: 4 pm

Where: Davidson Math and Science (DMS) Building, Room 103 at UNR

See this link for history of seminar series:

Keck mineral sale – February 2 (Saturday 10-12)

What: Mineral sale
When: February 2 (Saturday 10-12)
Where: W. M. Keck Museum on the UNR campus (
The proceeds from this sale will benefit the student mining teams at UNR.
Teachers, note: All teachers who come and identify themselves at the sale will receive a free ore mineral specimen!