2015 Nevada Geology Calendar – coming soon

Photo from 2014 Nevada Geology Calendar taken by Matthew Richardson.

Coming soon! You can look forward to another great Nevada Geology Calendar this year. This calendar is designed by Jack Hursh, Jennifer Vlcan, Chris Henry, and Nick Hinz and will be available this Fall 2014. More details will be coming soon.

This 12-month calendar for 2015 will feature a different geologic topic each month. It is full of beautiful photos highlighting Nevada’s scenic wonders and also includes interesting facts about Nevada geology.

American Canyon M6.1 Earthquake in CA – data from Nevada Geodetic Laboratory

A message from Bill Hammond at the NBMG Nevada Geodetic Laboratory:

American Canyon M6.1 earthquake in the northern San Francisco Bay area: NBMG researchers have derived rapid earthquake displacement maps from GPS data that illustrate how the earth around the rupture underwent permanent coseismic deformation.  See:  http://geodesy.unr.edu

Further observations, data, photos, and rapid analysis products are available as they come in to http://scec.usc.edu/eqresponse/node/353

New Economic Geologist at NBMG – Dr. Mike Ressel

Dr. Mike Ressel is joining the faculty of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and is filling a new tenure-track faculty position in Economic Geology.  Mike will be responsible for studying and assessing mineral resources in the region, including analysis of the processes that make Nevada one of the world’s richest regions in gold deposits.  This position will allow NBMG to better fulfill its core mission of studying mineral deposits and distributing that information through published geologic maps, papers, and reports to the public.

Mike has a B.S. in Geology from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (1989) and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geology (1996 and 2005, respectively) from the University of Nevada, Reno. His graduate studies were Nevada-focused and broadly covered aspects of Tertiary volcanic geology, igneous petrology, regional magmatism, ore deposits, and tectonics. A major focus of his Ph.D. work was on the relationships between magmatism and Carlin-type gold mineralization on the Carlin Trend, Nevada. His work experience includes five years prior to graduate school working for a consulting firm specializing in geotechnical engineering, GIS, hazardous materials, and hydrogeology throughout the U.S. Since 2000, Mike worked in mining and exploration for gold and copper across North America but also in Africa, Australia, and South America for several companies and involving a variety of deposit styles. His industry experience includes several Nevada underground and open-pit mines where he did ore control, mine mapping, resource modeling and near-mine development. He has conducted exploration for mineral deposits over a range of scales from reconnaissance-level through district- and mine-scales, which included the assembly of regional framework and prospectivity studies, project generation and management, mapping and sampling, target generation, and property evaluation for acquisitions and auditing. He most recently served as Chief Geologist for North America for Newmont Mining Corp., where he contributed to evaluations of grassroots through advanced exploration projects, helped guide regional and global exploration focus, was involved in developing training and mentoring programs in both mines and exploration, and liaised with university-sponsored research, including advisement for several M.S. and Ph.D. studies.

Mike has served on several academic research boards including the Precambrian Research Center at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, the Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources at the University of Arizona, and the Center for Research in Economic Geology at the University of Nevada, Reno as well as being an industry liaison for advisory boards of NBMG and the Geological Sciences Department at UNR. He is a past president of the Geological Society of Nevada and currently serves on its Foundation. He is a fellow with the Society of Economic Geologists.

Mike is excited about joining the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, a group that he has been closely involved with for many years. His plans are to advance understanding of mineral deposits, igneous geology, and tectonics in Nevada and the Great Basin through field studies that include mapping and geochronology. He hopes to join with industry and other researchers in strengthening the economic geology program at UNR.

Desert National Wildlife Range—new report

Open-File Report 14-3
An updated mineral and energy resource assessment of the Desert National Wildlife Range, Clark and Lincoln counties, Nevada
by John Muntean, Nick Hinz, Tim Cramer, David Davis, Greg Dering, and Chris Sladek


In March 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) contracted the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) to update the mineral and energy resource assessment of the Desert National Wildlife Range (DNWR). The first such assessment of the DNWR was completed by NBMG in January of 1993, and was published as NBMG Open-File Report 93-2, Energy and Mineral Resource Assessment of the Desert National Wildlife Range, Eastern Section, Clark and Lincoln Counties, Nevada. That assessment covered approximately 740,000 acres managed by USFWS east of the Nellis South Range military complex and was required to evaluate lands within the DNWR for withdrawal from mineral entry. In order to extend the period of withdrawal from entry for another 20 years, an updated assessment and report is required. This report provides the needed assessment.

This new report (Open-File Report 14-3) updates Open-File Report 93-2:
text (126.8 Mb), plate 2 (10.4 Mb), plate 3 (1.2 Mb)

Open-File Report 14-3:
162 pages (plus cover and title pages), color, $36.00, or available free on the Web:

Arthur Brant Chair in Exploration Geology—Dr. John Muntean


Announcement from the Mackay Director, Russ Fields (July 28, 2014):

“Dear colleagues, advisory board members and friends,

I am pleased to announce that effective July 1, 2014, I and the Dean of the College of Science have named Dr. John Muntean the Arthur Brant Chair in Exploration Geology.  By so doing, we are pleased to continue to emphasize the commitment of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering and the College of Science to mineral resource discovery, development and production.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Muntean has been a faculty member at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and Director of the Ralph Roberts Center for Research in Economic Geology.  Dr. Muntean will continue to hold these positions while adding the Arthur Brant Chair title.

Please join us in congratulating John.”

Russ Fields, Director
Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering


Earthquake Faults in Las Vegas—video on News 3

Late Quaternary faults in Las Vegas are in need of a modern state-of-the-art analysis of their earthquake potential. This news clip, prepared by Channel 3 in Las Vegas, reviews some of the Las Vegas Valley faults with a local reporter and how we can wisely develop around faults with ground rupture potential. A resident is featured on the clip that was unaware of the fault and earthquake hazard potential in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, this may be the norm and not the exception. It underscores the need for all Nevadans to be aware of their earthquake risks and do what they can to reduce them (please see http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/dox/sp27.pdf for mitigation information). Practicing the safest response to the next Nevada earthquakes can help prevent injuries from those events. Thus, we encourage everyone to sign up for the annual Nevada earthquake drill, the Great Nevada ShakeOut in October, and to practice Drop, Cover, and Hold during that exercise (see http://shakeout.org/nevada/).

…message from Craig dePolo

Link to the video:


Job Announcements from BLM


We are pleased to announce new, exciting positions available at BLM – BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT.   It is our hope that qualified, career oriented individuals at your organization or other professionals known to you will actively consider this position and apply accordingly.  Efforts on your part to disseminate this information are greatly appreciated.

Position Information:
Job Description:  Geologist;
Announcement Number:  NV-DEU-2014-0158;
Location(s) of position:  Elko, NV, US;
Salary:  $39,179 – $75,376;
Applications will be accepted until:  08/27/2014.
For additional information on this job posting, please go to:  https://jobs.mgsapps.monster.com/blm/vacancy/viewVacancyDetail!execute.hms?orgId=3&jnum=110487


Position Information:
Job Description:  Geographical Information System Specialist;
Announcement Number:  NV-DEU-2014-0156;
Location(s) of position:  Elko, NV, US;
Salary:  $47,923 – $75,376;
Applications will be accepted until:  08/27/2014.
For additional information on this job posting, please go to:  https://jobs.mgsapps.monster.com/blm/vacancy/viewVacancyDetail!execute.hms?orgId=3&jnum=110455