Student Awards at GSA in Nevada Today—Carlson, Di Fiori, and Edwards

Mackay/NBMG graduate students Chad Carlson, Russell Di Fiori, and Joel Edwards are featured in this article in Nevada Today for their outstanding clean sweep of student awards at GSA.

University Geology program excels at Geological Society of America meeting in Vancouver: Students took gold, silver and bronze medals in the Student Map Competition
By: Shelby Wilburn and Annie Conway (in Nevada Today, 2/2/2015)

University of Nevada, Reno Geology students exhibited their passion and skill on the international stage. The three participants secured a clean sweep in the Student Geologic Map Competition at the 126th annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Vancouver, BC with first, second and third place finishes.

“The annual GSA student geologic map competition is an open call for geoscientist students across the country to submit their independent geologic mapping efforts of bedrock and surficial features into the competition to be judged and compared with peer efforts,” Joel Edwards, the third place finalist in the October 2014 competition, said. “Mapping efforts must be the significant component of the thesis and students must be the principal author to qualify.”

The talented group consisted of current and recent graduate students. Gold medalist, Chad Carlson is currently a doctoral student under advisor James Faulds, the state geologist, director of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and professor at the University. Carlson received top honors for his Geologic Map of the Terrill Mountains in western Nevada. Silver medalist, Russell Di Fiori graduated in May 2014 with a master’s degree in Geology. Di Fiori earned second place with his Geologic Map of the Eureka Mining District in eastern Nevada. Sean Long, assistant professor with the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, served as Di Fiori’s advisor. Edwards sealed the sweep with third place, for his Geologic Map of Neal Hot Springs in eastern Oregon. He graduated with a master’s degree from the program in 2013. Faulds also served as Edwards’ advisor.

“It was an honor to be recognized along with my fellow Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and University of Nevada, Reno geology graduate students,” Di Fiori said. “Both Chad and Joel are fantastic field geologists, and I am glad to be counted among them. It was definitely a pleasant surprise for the ‘clean sweep’. It also feels good to have our hard work be appreciated by our peers as well as seasoned professionals.”

The extensive process required months of dedication and consistency. All three students spent significant amounts of time generating detailed maps of complex geological regions. The group was supported throughout development by the Cartographic/GIS staff at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology. Individuals assisted with the layouts and provided technical assistance on the maps. Nicholas Hinz, geologic mapping specialist at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, also contributed toward many facets of the maps.

“I learned a ton from the whole mapping process,” Edwards said. “It’s not easy. It’s physically and mentally demanding, even exhausting at times. But it’s a really neat experience to be able to walk over a terrain enough times to finally figure out the story beneath your feet, the Earth’s story.”

The Geological Society of America Annual Meeting is designed to share scientific results with the broader geoscience community. GSA strives to foster innovative research that transforms the understanding of geologic processes that have formed the world. They aim to advance understanding of global resources, geohazards, and the environment. GSA’s geoscience research profoundly impacts education, publications and public policy.

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Geological Society of Nevada 2015 Symposium—May 14–23


A note from Laura Ruud, GSN Office Manager: The G.S.N.’s 2015 SYMPOSIUM is almost here!  Mark your calendars for May 14-23, 2015.  The Symposium Committee’s dedicated volunteers have been hard at work for almost 3 years lining up a great Technical Program, 7 Field Trips, 11 Short Courses, Posters, Core Shacks, Exhibits and plenty of Social Events!  EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 28TH!  (Price goes up on March 1st!)  The Registration Committee encourages you to register online at:  then click on “CLICK HERE TO REGISTER” which will take you to the registration site.

Updated Estimated Losses from Earthquakes

Open-File Report 14-5
Updated estimated losses from earthquakes near Nevada communities

by Irene M. Seelye, Gary L. Johnson, Craig M. dePolo, James E. Faulds, and Jonathan G. Price
edited by Jack Hursh


This report estimates losses from earthquakes that could occur near 38 Nevada communities, including all county seats and major population centers (figure 1). The report uses the loss-estimation computer model of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, HAZUS-MH, to estimate such potential consequences as total economic loss, numbers of buildings receiving extensive to complete damage, number of people needing public shelter and hospital care, and number of fatalities from earthquakes of magnitude 5.0, 5.5, 6.0, 6.5, and 7.0. The report also tabulates earthquake probabilities for these communities from the probabilistic seismic hazard analysis of the U.S. Geological Survey (table 1). Due to the inherent variability between earthquakes and the incomplete and imperfect information about the surface geology of the Earth and human structures, the specific effects of any future earthquake cannot be predicted in detail. The general types and extent of potential effects can be projected, as represented by these loss estimation models. Some factors, such as geologic setting and high visitor volumes, are not modeled by HAZUS but can significantly increase losses and damage.

The primary audiences for this report are emergency managers, emergency responders, and the local and state government officials responsible for action after a natural disaster. HAZUS reports have been quite helpful in response and recovery planning and exercises, identifying opportunities for mitigation, and in the case of an actual earthquake, providing the Governor, through the Chief of the Nevada Division of Emergency Management, with an early estimate of the likely severity of the event. Such information can be critical to decisions regarding disaster declarations, a timely and appropriate emergency response, and securing resources that will be necessary during recovery. As this report covers many of the likely earthquakes that could affect Nevada communities, it also serves as an immediate reference in case of an actual earthquake event, including as a reference point for comparison of the HAZUS reports that the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology produces immediately after a significant earthquake event. Another important audience for this report is the general public, including homeowners, operators of businesses, and individuals responsible for the well-being of others.

This report updates Open-File Report 09-8.

Open-File Report 14-5, CD-ROM, 53 pages of text plus additional pages that are linked from the report, $20.00

Available free on the Web or for purchase:

Data for Eocene Igneous Geology—Railroad District, Southern Carlin Trend

Open-File Report 15-3
Analytical data to accompany “Eocene Igneous Geology and Relation to Mineralization: Railroad District, Southern Carlin Trend, Nevada” in Geological Society of Nevada Symposium Proceedings, May 18-21, 2015

by Christopher D. Henry, Mac R. Jackson, David C. Mathewson, Steven R. Koehler, and Steve C. Moore

Open-File Report 15-3, CD-ROM, contains 8 pages of text (PDF) plus additional analytical data (Excel spreadsheets), $20.00

Available free on the Web:
text (443Kb) – zipfile (6.58 Mb)

Purchase here:

Ralph J. Roberts Twenty-first Distinguished Lecture in Economic Geology—Feb 12

Adam Simon, Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Michigan

“Critical Controls on the Mass Transfer of Metals from Magmas to Ore Deposits”

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Joe Crowley Student Union, University of Nevada, Reno
Theater, Third Floor

Reception to follow at Great Basin Brewing Company
5525 S. Virginia St., Reno

A message about this lecture from John Muntean:

Hello Friends of NBMG,

The CREG program invites you to attend on Thursday February 12th the 21st annual Ralph J. Roberts Distinguished Lecture in Economic Geology.

The speaker is Adam Simon from the University of Michigan, whose talk is entitled “Critical Controls on the Mass Transfer of Metals from Magmas to Ore Deposits.”

The lecture is at 3:30 in the Theater on the third floor of the Joe Crowley Union on the UNR campus.

Please attend and learn the latest and greatest on how magma chemistry controls the endowment and metal ratios of ore deposits.

Free Parking will be available in the Brian J. Whalen parking complex, just south of Lawlor Events Center (see link to UNR map for detail).

On the top floor of the Whalen parking structure is a kiosk. Please type in the code: #7841382 for your free parking receipt. Once you have the receipt, please place this receipt on your dash board and you may park anywhere you like on the top two floors of the Whalen Parking Garage.

We look forward to seeing you on the 12th!

John Muntean
Director, Ralph J. Roberts Center for Research in Economic Geology (CREG)

Photography Round Table Discussion—with Jack Hursh—Feb 12

NBMG’s Jack Hursh will be part of a photography round table discussion this Thursday. Jack is working with UNR Special Collections on archiving his barn photography.

“A round table discussion featuring photographers Peter Goin, Jack Hursh, Steve Davis, and moderator and panelist Stephanie Gibson, writer and arts administrator from Ottawa, Canada.”

Date: February 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, Wells Fargo Auditorium, Room 124
University of Nevada

Reminder: Free Radon Test Kits through February

Please click on links below to find out how you can protect your family from the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Free short-term testing kits are available from Dec. 1 through Feb. 28, 2015 from your Cooperative Extension Office.

Click here for NBMG resources on radon: