Archive | May 2013

Remembering Kris Pizarro

It is with great sadness to let you know that Kris Pizarro passed away April 26, 2013, having lost her long fought battle with cancer.

As many of you know, Kris was a Graphic Artist/Cartographer with Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology for about 20 years. Her many contributions include the Highway 50 guidebook. She was a true pleasure to work with and a very gifted artist.

Kris is survived by her husband Ricardo, one son, six grandchildren, and 4 loving cats.

If you would like to send a card to the Pizarro family, please mail it to this address and we will forward it to them:

Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology / Sales

Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library

2175 Raggio Parkway

Reno, NV 89512

Please feel free to pass this note on to others who may have known Kris.

To commemorate the work of Kris Pizarro, Ricardo Pizarro and Jack Hursh (NBMG Cartographer) have coordinated a showing of several pieces of Kris Pizarro’s photos and artwork for the month of June at the Artists Co-op Gallery of Reno, 627 Mill Street, 775-322-8896. These pieces will all be for sale and will be displayed on the Co-op’s Heritage Wall. Sales of the artwork by Kris will directly benefit the Pizarro family. The Artists Co-op Gallery will be having its monthly reception this Sunday, June 2, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Artists Co-op Gallery of Reno is open every day from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The 627 Mill Street location of the Artists Co-op is near the northwest corner of the intersection of Mill Street and Wells Avenue.
http://www.artistsco-opgalleryreno.com/artistsco-opgalleryreno.com/WELCOME.html

For several years in a row, Jack has coordinated the annual Photo Fandango show at the Artists Co-op. Kris Pizarro was a regular, enthusiastic participant in the Photo Fandango show. We hope you can stop by the Co-op and see the artwork of Kris Pizarro.

Kris produced the excellent maps and illustrations and took many of the photographs for all four of the NBMG publications in the guidebook series. Kris learned to love the Nevada landscape at an early age by going on field trips with her father, and that sustained love of Nevada and the natural world shines through in these publications that she helped make so special:

Geologic and Natural History Tours in the Reno Area: Expanded Edition (Special Publication 19) by Joseph V. Tingley, Kris Ann Pizarro, Christopher Ross, Becky Weimer Purkey, and Larry J. Garside; publication design by Jack P. Hursh. From page 3: “Kris Pizarro and Jack Hursh are due special recognition for their contributions to this work. Both Kris and Jack traveled the trip routes many times, and using their artistic talents in combination with their love for Nevada, captured the natural history of the area in many exceptional photographs. Unless otherwise noted, Kris prepared all of the maps and sketches and prepared the photographs used throughout the publication.”

Geologic Tours in the Las Vegas Area, Expanded Edition with GPS Coordinates (Special Publication 16) by Joseph V. Tingley, Becky W. Purkey, Ernest M. Duebendorfer, Eugene I. Smith, Jonathan G. Price, and Stephen B. Castor; illustrations by Kris A. Pizarro; publication design by Jack Hursh. From page 3: “It would not have been possible to publish this work without the efforts of Kris Pizarro and Jack Hursh. Kris prepared the maps and sketches for everything except Trip 5 (including redrafting all figures used from the first edition), wrote the material used in the plant and animal inset boxes, and prepared the photographs used throughout the text. Kris’s touch has transformed many photos into exceptional presentations.”

Traveling America’s Loneliest Road, a Geologic and Natural History Tour through Nevada along U.S. Highway 50, with GPS Coordinates (Special Publication 26) by Joseph V. Tingley, Kris Ann Pizarro; publication design by Jack P. Hursh. From page 3: “Maps and illustrations are by Kris Pizarro unless otherwise noted.”

A Geologic and Natural History Tour through Nevada and Arizona along U.S. Highway 93, with GPS Coordinates (Special Publication 35) by Joseph V. Tingley, Kris A. Pizarro, Christopher Ross, and Philip A. Pearthree; illustrations by Kris A. Pizarro; publication design by Shelly A. deLaureal and Jack P. Hursh. From page 2: “Kris Pizarro also wrote natural history sidebars and photo captions, mainly for the Nevada portion of the road log. Photos were collected from a variety of sources (credits are given with each photo), and Kris carefully selected and prepared photos, including the color plates. Kris also designed and crafted the maps and figures used throughout the text. Without Kris’s tireless efforts, this road log would be little more than a drab and dry collection of words.”

Kris—we will miss you.

NBMG faculty/staff
http://www.nbmg.unr.edu

OPEN FACULTY POSITION AT NBMG: Geologic Mapping Specialist

Complete description as posted at http://www.nbmg.unr.edu and http://jobs.unr.edu/.

FACULTY OPENINGS
Geologic Mapping Specialist:
Structural-Economic and/or Quaternary Geology
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
University of Nevada, Reno

 The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG), University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), seeks applicants for one or two faculty positions beginning on or after October 1, 2013, with expertise in field-based Structural-Economic Geology and/or Quaternary Geology.  These openings are non-tenure track, 12-month faculty position(s).

We seek applicants with skills in state-of-the-art techniques in the following areas:

  • Structural and/or Economic geology, with substantial experience in quadrangle-scale geologic mapping.  Experience in analyzing mineral deposits, geothermal systems, and/or hydrocarbon deposits is highly valued.
  • Quaternary geology, with expertise in geomorphology and neotectonics, as well as substantial experience in quadrangle-scale geologic mapping as applied to natural hazards, engineering geology, or environmental geology.

Quadrangle-scale (primarily 1:24,000) geologic mapping in support of elucidating Nevada’s geological history and framework is a fundamental responsibility of these positions.  Experience in ArcGIS, 3D modeling, and integration of multiple geologic and geophysical data sets is also desired.  Applicants must have a Masters or Doctorate in geology or a related geoscience field.

One full-time or two half-time positions are available.  Half-time positions would have at least 50% state funding, with full-time support assured for two years from start date and the expectation that the other 50% of support would be obtained through grants and contracts after the initial two years.  Many funding opportunities exist (e.g., USGS STATEMAP program) for support.  Nevada is one of the most exciting regions in the world to conduct research in the geosciences.  Opportunities abound for research in structural geology, mineral deposits, geothermal systems, neotectonics, and natural hazards.

NBMG is a research and public service unit of UNR and the state geological survey.  Managed as part of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering within the College of Science at UNR, NBMG functions as an academic unit, and its principal scientists are faculty members at UNR.

For complete position descriptions and requirements, view the position announcement at http://www.nbmg.unr.edu and http://jobs.unr.edu/ or contact Geoscience Search, NBMG, Mail Stop 0178, UNR, Reno, NV 89557-0178. Applications received through  https://www.unrsearch.com/postings/12470 by August 5, 2013 will receive full consideration.  EEO/AA. Women and under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Applicants must have a Masters or Doctorate in geology or a related geoscience field and at least two years of additional experience, with a demonstrated record of research as indicated by thesis projects or peer-reviewed publications.  Graduate research must include one or more of the following disciplines: Structural geology, Economic geology and/or Quaternary geology, with substantial experience in geologic mapping.
  • Excellent communication skills; commitment to public service and the mission of a state geological survey; potential for, or established record of publications; and ability to attract funding are essential.

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preference will be given to candidates with substantial field-based experience, including quadrangle-scale geologic mapping, in a variety of geologic settings.
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have begun to demonstrate research productivity with publications in the peer-reviewed literature.
  • Experience in ArcGIS, 3D modeling, and integration of multiple geologic and geophysical data sets is also highly valued.
  • Because individuals will be competing for funding from many sources, including federal agencies and industry, preference will be given to candidates who explain achievable plans for funded research on Nevada-focused topics in structural geology, economic geology, and/or Quaternary geology.

Position Responsibilities

Quadrangle-scale (primarily 1:24,000) geologic mapping is a fundamental responsibility.  The successful candidate will be expected to work independently and to collaborate with other faculty in NBMG, the UNR Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering, and the UNR Seismological Laboratory in conducting research and funded projects.  The successful candidate will also be asked to communicate effectively with the public and community leaders regarding the geology of Nevada, including its natural hazards and resources.  Candidates must have a commitment to the mission of a state geological survey.

Salary and Date of Appointment

These openings are non-tenure track, 12-month administrative faculty position(s).  Conversion to a tenure-track position may be possible in the future.  The 12-month base salary is competitive with other research universities.  Sufficient State of Nevada funds are available to cover the salary at the entry level for administrative faculty.

For half-time positions: These positions would have at least 50% state funding, with full-time support assured for two years from start date and the expectation that the other 50% of support would be obtained through grants and contracts after the initial two years.  Many funding opportunities exist (e.g., USGS STATEMAP program) for support.

Starting date will be October 1, 2013 or shortly thereafter, depending on availability of the successful candidate.

Application

Please submit a letter expressing your interest in the position and research plans; names, e-mail and postal addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three references; a complete vita; and electronic copies of up to three of your publications (including geologic maps) to https://www.unrsearch.com/postings/12470.

To ensure full consideration, applicants are encouraged to have all information on file by August 5, 2013.  For further information about NBMG, please consult our website (http://www.nbmg.unr.edu.  Additional information is available through http://jobs.unr.edu/.

The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its students and employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, and sexual orientation. The University of Nevada employs only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women and under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

OTHER ATTRACTIONS OF UNR, NBMG, AND RENO

Nevada geology provides an exciting venue for basic and applied research.  Excellent exposures of rocks and complex structures help our geologists unravel the tectonic history of western North America.  Some of the world’s most productive gold and other mineral deposits are close at hand for studies of fundamental Earth processes and applications in exploration, mining, and environmental stewardship.  Abundant geothermal systems are natural laboratories for understanding relationships between fluid flow and geological structure and for furthering development of renewable energy.  Active tectonics, limited water resources, and booming population centers keep urban geology and studies of hazards at the forefront.  Easy access to federally managed lands facilitates field work.  Nevada’s desert climate and temperature differentials by latitude and elevation make field work possible in different parts of the state throughout the year.  Reno’s concentration of geoscientists from various industries, the U.S. Geological Survey, UNR, and the Desert Research Institute encourages interactions that stimulate research.

NBMG has excellent support staffs in administration, cartography, and geographic information systems.  UNR has strong reputations in economic geology, structural geology, geothermal resources, geodesy, seismology, neotectonics, hydrogeology, and many other fields.  NBMG works closely with industry, including the mining, geothermal, and geotechnical industries that are active in Nevada.  NBMG is a supporter of UNR’s Ralph J. Roberts Center for Research in Economic Geology and works closely with its director and graduate students on projects.  NBMG supports and benefits from UNR’s Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy.  The University also hosts the Reno Field Office of the U.S. Geological Survey’s mineral resources team.  The Geological Society of Nevada (GSN), with approximately 1,000 members, has monthly meetings in Reno that regularly attract 100 to 200 geologists.  NBMG supports GSN’s efforts to hold a major symposium every five years, generally with a focus on ore deposits in the Great Basin and elsewhere.  NBMG also has a new combined sample-management, information office, and publication-sales office, the Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library on the nearby campus of the Desert Research Institute.  The facility houses the GSN office and publications of the Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society.  Some faculty in NBMG have joint appointments with the Nevada Seismological Laboratory, which conducts seismological research and operates the seismic network covering much of Nevada and eastern California.

Other attractions for the position include good benefits (health, dental, eye, and life insurance coverage, worker’s compensation, and retirement, sick leave, and holidays) and a great area in which to live.  Reno is located within minutes of the Sierra Nevada and less than an hour from skiing and hiking near Lake Tahoe and Pyramid Lake.  The gaming industry provides large-city entertainment and restaurants, but the overall population (approximately 300,000 in the Reno-Carson City region) and excellent infrastructure make for commutes and a general ambiance more typical of a small town – “the biggest little city in the world.”  Festivals (Art Town in July, Hot August Nights, balloon races, and airplane races) are some of the many local highlights.  Public and private schools have excellent reputations for placing students in top colleges, and as a faculty member, your spouse and children may attend UNR for nominally low fees and partially waived tuition.  Students with good grades from UNR have excellent opportunities for graduate school and employment.  The San Francisco Bay area, Napa Valley, the Pacific coast, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and Las Vegas are within about an hour’s plane ride or easy drives.

Ralph Roberts Lecture Thursday May 16

You are invited to attend the Ralph Roberts 19th Distinguished Lecture in Economic Geology:

Jean Cline
Professor, University of Nevada Las Vegas

“Ore Deposition in Carlin-type Gold Deposits:
Studies of Sample Transects from Dead Rock to High-grade”

3 pm
16 May 2013
Davidson Math & Science Center, #103
http://www.unr.edu/around-campus/maps

Sponsored by the
Department of Geological Sciences & Engineering,
Nevada Bureau of Mines & Geology, and the
Ralph J. Roberts Center for Research in Economic Geology (CREG)

Mackay School of Earth Sciences & Engineering
College of Science
University of Nevada, Reno

Reception immediately following in
Mackay Mines Building, Lilli Brant Room

The program for the event, which includes a biosketch of Jean and the abstract of her talk, is available here.

Please attend and engage in some lively discussion about the most important type of mineral deposit in Nevada. See you Thursday!

Clark County – four new geologic maps

Map 181: Geologic map of the Devils Throat quadrangle and Clark County, Nevada
by L. Sue Beard and David J. Campagna
2012

M181

A 1:24,000-scale, color geologic map of the Devils Throat 7.5-minute quadrangle in Clark County, Nevada with descriptions of 38 geologic units and two cross sections. Accompanying text includes full unit descriptions and references. This quadrangle includes a scenic part of Clark County that is transected by the popular Bureau of Land Management Gold Butte Back Country Byway. It contains several sinkholes, the largest of which is called Devils Throat, and several Quaternary faults. The western part exposes a large fold and thrust involving colorful Mesozoic clastic rocks that are overthrust by Paleozoic carbonate rocks.

28.5 x 33 inches, color, scale 1:24,000; 9-page text, color; folded or rolled, $19.00 or free on the Web with GIS zip file: http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/sales/pbsdtls.php?sku=M181

 

Open-File Report 12-7: Preliminary geologic map of the Corn Creek Springs NW quadrangle, Clark County, Nevada
by Alan R. Ramelli, William R. Page, Craig R. Manker, and Kathleen B. Springer
2012

OF127

29 x 28 inches, color, scale 1:24,000; folded or rolled, $15.00 or free on the Web: http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/sales/pbsdtls.php?sku=OF12-%207

 

Open-File Report 12-8: Preliminary geologic map of the north half of the Fourth of July Mountain quadrangle, Clark County, Nevada
by Nicholas H. Hinz, James E. Faulds, and Alan R. Ramelli
2012

OF128

A 1:24,000 scale, preliminary geologic map of the north half of the Fourth of July Mountain 7.5-minute quadrangle in southern Clark County, Nevada. This quadrangle contains the middle and upper parts of the Searchlight pluton and numerous veins and dikes related to mineralization in the Searchlight area. In fact, it may contain the eastern part of the Quartette Vein, the largest producing gold mine in the Searchlight area, but displaced eastward by faulting. Furthermore, the area contains some of the most spectacular scenery in southern Nevada, with the eastern part of the map area lying within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

This new Open-File Report 12-8 supersedes the northern portion only of Open-File Report 98-7. See Open-File Report 98-7 for geology of the SW 1/4 of the quadrangle and cross sections.

37 x 28 inches, color, scale 1:24,000; folded or rolled, $16.00 or free on the Web: http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/sales/pbsdtls.php?sku=OF12-%208

 

Open-File Report 12-9: Preliminary geologic map of the Ireteba Peaks quadrangle, Clark County, Nevada
by Nicholas H. Hinz, James E. Faulds, Alan R. Ramelli, and Heather L. Green
2012

OF129

A 1:24,000 scale, preliminary geologic map of the Ireteba Peaks 7.5-minute quadrangle in southern Clark County, Nevada. The quadrangle exposes a steeply tilted, cross-sectional view of a ~16–17 Ma large volcanic complex, including plutonic roots, hypabyssal dike swarms, and parts of a stratovolcano. Most of the rocks in the eastern half of the quadrangle are ductilely deformed, intruded by multiple episodes of Miocene dikes, and cut by low- and high-angle normal faults, including the Dupont Mountain detachment fault. The cross-sectional view of the volcanic complex provides critical clues to understanding the relations between regional extension and magmatism. The quadrangle also includes significantly mineralized areas near Rockefeller Mine along and near the detachment fault. This mineralization may be related to mineralization in the Searchlight area. Furthermore, the area contains some of the most spectacular scenery in southern Nevada, with the eastern part of the quadrangle lying within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

This new map supersedes Open-File Report 09-4.

45.5 x 27 inches, color, scale 1:24,000; folded or rolled, $18.00 or free on the Web: http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/sales/pbsdtls.php?sku=OF12-%209

Road closures – detour access to GBSSRL – begins May 22

Major roadway construction will begin on Raggio Parkway on Thursday, May 22 and will continue throughout the summer.

Phase 1 of construction will include a closure of the west side of Dandini Blvd. and Raggio Parkway, from the small roundabout near Hwy. 395 exit at Parr Blvd. through the south side of campus. During this time, campus access will be restricted to the Clear Acre entrance to Dandini Blvd. and Raggio Pkwy. Phase 1 of the project is expected to last approximately 36 days.

Phase 2 of the roadwork will include closures on the east side of Raggio Parkway; however, Dandini Blvd. will remain open. News about the road closures will be announced, and this website will be updated frequently.
… from http://roadwork.tmcc.edu

Detour access to GBSSRL:
http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/_docs/DETOUR_access_GBSSRL.pdf

UNR historic district walking tour – Tuesday May 7

Jack Hursh, NBMG Cartographer, will lead a walking tour of the UNR historic district today, May 7th at 6pm. Visit Morrill Hall, Mackay School of Mines, the Keck Museum, and learn the history of this beautiful campus.

Date: May 7, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM
Meet at: The Honor Court, 9th and Center streets
Parking: Try along 9th Street or in the visitors lot by Morrill Hall (if you are lucky)
Tour guide: Jack Hursh

To sign up for this walk, go to the Historic Reno Preservation Society website and click on “2013 Walking Tours” on the right:
http://www.historicreno.org