NPGS Monthly Dinner Meeting—October 2

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Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society Monthly Dinner Meeting: Thursday, October 2, 2014

Speaker: Donna M. Herring,, Petroglyph Consulting, PO Box 586, Granville OH 43023

Topic: Structural re-interpretation of the Confusion Range “synclinoria” in western Utah leads to multiple new exploration targets in the Western Utah Thrust Belt

Where: Ramada Reno Hotel, 1000 East 6th Street, Reno, NV 89512

When: Cocktail Reception 6:30 PM, Skyline Bar, 14th Floor; Dinner Served at 7:00 PM

Cost: NPGS Members $20; Non-Members $23; Students $10

Abstract: The newly-recognized Western Utah Fold Belt provides significant opportunity for conventional petroleum exploration at moderate depths in an under-drilled frontier area. The northern Confusion Range, Snake Valley to the west, and Tule Valley to the east, in Millard County, Utah are expected to contain hydrocarbons in several trap configurations. Production targets analogous to both the existing Basin and Range fields of Nevada and to Utah Hingeline fields discovered only in the last decade are likely. Previous drilling targets over more than 50 years of exploration included surface anticlines and buried horsts, and about half of the seven wells drilled in the area had oil and/or gas shows. Conventional targets include classic Basin and Range horst accumulations trapped beneath valley fill, sub-thrust and roll-over traps beneath mountainous exposures, and subthrust/rollover traps beneath valley fill. The Mississippian and Devonian source rocks are well-studied in the literature, >1,000 m thick, average 2-3% TOC (up to 13%), and are not spent or over mature. The most promising reservoir rocks are massive Devonian carbonates in thrust/subthrust positions in the Confusion Range, and these carbonates plus Tertiary volcanics are potential targets below valley fill. Published basin burial modeling indicates oil generation from the Mississippian-Devonian source rocks prior to and contemporaneous with development of the folds and thrusts, as well as during Basin and Range structural development. Chemical remnant magnetization studies of prior workers show migration of hydrocarbons through the area both in the early stages of folding and post-folding/thrust emplacement. In short, preserved thrust structures could have been filled post-folding, pre-Basin and Range, and could also be filling now from the hydrocarbon kitchen in Snake Valley.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, September 30 with the following link:
Keep in mind that NPGS is charged for every meal that is reserved. If you cannot keep your reservation, please cancel prior to the meeting.

Earth Science Week Activities—October 2014


Signup for Earth Science Week Field Trip, October 11 and 12, 2014:
Carson Rocks! – A sesquicentennial celebration of some of our capital city’s geological high points.

Open House – Discover Nevada – at the Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library, October 15 and 16, 2014, 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. each night: Join experts from the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology with lectures, displays, and library tours on the topics of “Nevada Gold” and “Nevada is Earthquake Country.”

Job Announcement from BLM


Message from BLM:  We are pleased to announce a new, exciting position 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:  Natural Resource Specialist (GIS);
Announcement Number:  MT-DEU-2014-0081;
Location(s) of position:  Miles City, MT, US;
Salary:  $47,923 – $75,376;
Applications will be accepted until:  10/03/2014.
For additional information on this job posting, please go to:!execute.hms?orgId=3&jnum=110665

Nevada Silver & Blue Article Features Research of Blewitt & Hammond


The research of Geoff Blewitt and Bill Hammond is featured in the article “Human impact may cause Sierra Nevada to rise, increase seismicity” by Mike Wolterbeek in the Fall 2014 issue of Nevada Silver & Blue (page 20). You can read the story here:

Two New Geologists Join Cart/GIS—Rachel Wearne and Katie Ryan

NBMG welcomes two new cartographers, Rachel Wearne and Katie Ryan, to its Cartographic/GIS group.  Both positions are funded entirely on grants and contracts.  The Cartography and GIS lab is a specialty group within NBMG.  They are a campus and community resource that specializes in producing geologic maps and other publications, as well as data management. They primarily work on NBMG projects, but are available for projects from other departments at UNR, other universities and state agencies, and industry.

Rachel Wearne is a newly hired Cartographic/Graphics Technician III and joins NBMG on September 15, 2014. Rachel received her Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Nevada, Reno in May of 2010. She began working for the Nevada Division of Minerals as a Geologist and GIS Specialist on the Abandoned Mine Lands program shortly before graduation.  She has spent the past four years assisting in inventorying and securing abandoned mine land features throughout the state, planning for field work with contractors, staff, and summer interns, and working towards maximizing field data collection methods.  Rachel has been very active in the Nevada Mining Association’s Education Committee and has taught classes at teacher workshops in both Las Vegas and Reno since April of 2011. She has taught sessions on rocks and minerals in many elementary school classrooms in the Reno/Carson City area. She enjoys educating the public about geology and earth processes, looking at and creating maps, and spending time outdoors.

Katie Ryan was hired as a Cartographic/Graphics Technician I on July 1, 2014. Katie received her Bachelor of Science in Geology at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2010. Katie worked as a Jr. Exploration Geologist out of Elko, Nevada. After her graduation from the University, she worked in areas such as Long Canyon in the eastern Pequop Mountains, Northumberland Mine in the Toquima Range, Stevens Basin in Eureka County, and Cortez Hills Mine at Horse Canyon. Upon returning to Reno in 2011, Katie began working with the cartography group at the Bureau on a temporary basis. Along with processing samples in the Mineral Separates Lab, and working on a few short geothermal exploration drill programs, she has since helped to produce a compilation of all of the digital geologic maps of Nevada to the OneGeology Portal (, helped to create interactive geologic and geothermal maps from previously published data, and currently helps to maintain server data and geothermal data produced by Nevada and other states.

Cart/GIS Receives ESRI Award


Congratulations to the Cart/GIS group of NBMG for receiving a “Special Achievement in GIS” award from the Environmental Systems Research Institute!

You can read about this honor in the article below:

Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology’s Cartography and GIS Lab receive Special Achievement award: Community and campus resource nationally recognized

By Annie Conway (Nevada Today, 9/9/2014)

Members of the Cart/GIS staff pictured in the article’s photo are (left to right) Alexandra Reid, Linda Goar, Gary Johnson, Irene Seelye, Jack Hursh, Katie Ryan, and Jennifer Vlcan.

Job Announcement from Utah Geological Survey

Listed below is a job announcement that is available on the State Jobs 2.0 system.  Go to to view and apply for this and other state positions.

PROJECT GEOLOGIST (SEISMIC HAZARDS GEOLOGIST/PALEOSEISMOLOGIST):  This is a full-time, career service position, located in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Replacing Chris DuRoss who resigned.  Requisition #02264.

CLOSES: 10/06/2014. ***THIS IS A PUBLIC RECRUITMENT***  To view and/or apply for this job announcement, go to, click on Job Search, then Job Listings.

If you have any questions regarding this announcement, please call the Human Resource Office at 801-538-7425.