Archive | September 2015

Earth Science Week Field Trip—October 17 and 18

NBMG Earth Science Week Field Trip 2015: Fire and Ice—Geology of the Mount Rose Quadrangle, Lake Tahoe, and the Carson Range
Saturday, October 17 or Sunday, October 18 (Sunday is a repeat of Saturday)

Sign up here for this year’s field trip!

This year’s Earth Science Week is October 11-17, 2015 and will celebrate the theme “Visualizing Earth’s Systems.”

NBMG participates in Earth Science Week by coordinating annual geologic field trips for the general public. The field trip is free to the public! Be sure to bring your own water, lunch, sunscreen, hat, first-aid kit, walking stick, gloves, camera, binoculars, bag or bucket for collecting samples, safety glasses if you use a hammer, and a GPS receiver (optional). The day’s activity will involve hiking and climbing around rocks so wear appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy shoes or hiking boots. One of the hikes will be about two miles.

This year NBMG will lead a trip to look at recently completed mapping of the Mount Rose quadrangle which covers an area from north shore of Lake Tahoe to north Mount Rose proper, east into the Mount Rose Ski Area, and west to the NV/CA state line.  Our journey will have stops along the Mount Rose Highway (including Mount Rose summit), in Incline Village, and along the north shore of Lake Tahoe.  We will look at the history of volcanoes, glaciers, and faults that have built and continue to build the landscape we see today.

The field trip guide and details will be posted in early October.

The Mount Rose geologic map can be found here.

You must sign up online prior to the trip and sign a waiver form. Please print out a paper copy, sign and date, and submit prior to the field trip or bring to the field trip starting point.

Field trip participants should meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot of the Galena Creek Visitor Center on the Mt. Rose Highway. Departure will be at 9:30 a.m.

There will be several geologists in attendance to help answer your questions about geology and identify a variety of rocks. There will also be an opportunity to learn more about geocaching and EarthCaching—a high-tech treasure hunting game using GPS devices. If you have a hand-held GPS unit, please bring it.

For questions about the field trip, please call Nick Hinz at 775-784-1446.

For more information about educational activities during Earth Science Week, go to the national Earth Science Week Website.

ESW Proclamation by the Governor

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1915 Pleasant Valley Earthquake Centennial Field Trip— Saturday October 3—reminder!

 

1915 Pleasant Valley Field Trip – October 3, 2015

Sign up here for this field trip!

The Pleasant Valley earthquake of October 2, 1915 was the largest earthquake in Nevada’s recorded history. This earthquake ruptured the ground about 50 miles south of Winnemucca, and left a scar along the range front that was more than 35 miles long. In places, the ground surface was offset vertically by as much as 19 feet. The earthquake had a magnitude of 7.3 and was felt throughout Nevada. Damage occurred in many places, but was strongest in Pleasant Valley and in the towns of Kennedy and Winnemucca. This is the story of Nevada’s largest known earthquake and what it means to us. Continue reading.

The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology will lead a free, half-day field trip to Pleasant Valley and the 1915 fault rupture on Saturday October 3, 2015. The trip will consist of a short overview talk in Winnemucca about the earthquake and a car caravan excursion with two stops in the earthquake area. The excursion is a 100-mile round trip to an area where there are no services, including no cell phone services.

We ask that people car pool as much as possible and make sure any vehicle making this trip is in good condition with good tires, a spare, and a jack. Much of the trip is on gravel roads. The trip will be limited to the first 80 people who sign up, but a guidebook will be available on the 1915 earthquake centennial web page for people wanting to make the trip on their own.

All field-trip participants must fill out and sign a waiver stating that they are responsible for their own safety and for any medical expenses or damages incurred as a result of the trip. Parents must also fill out and sign a waiver for any children accompanying them on the trip. There will be a lunch stop and a short cross-country hike along the fault, so bring a lunch and some sturdy walking shoes and long pants or gators.

The trip will start with a short overview talk at the Sarah Winnemucca Conference Room in the Humboldt General Hospital, 118 E. Haskell Street, Winnemucca, Nevada at 10:00 a.m. Please park on the street or at the park, and do not park in patient parking. At 11:00 a.m. we will leave Winnemucca and travel south to Pleasant Valley. There are two stops. The first one is along the way to get an overview of the fault scarps along the range front, the geology, and the history of the area; we will enjoy lunch at this stop. The second stop is at the fault scarp where it crosses Golconda Canyon. At this stop we will talk about the earthquake, the fault scarp, shaking effects, and the history of the town of Kennedy. For those interested, we will take a short walk along the fault scarp to see the different ways it ruptured the ground and see evidence of paleoearthquakes.

1915 Pleasant Valley Earthquake Centennial Field Trip— in the news!

Craig dePolo (Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology) and Alan Wallace (U.S. Geological Survey, retired) will be co-leading the trip this Saturday to visit the site of the 1915 Pleasant Valley earthquake and will share their expertise on the area.

The 1915 Pleasant Valley, Nevada Earthquake Centennial:
Nevada’s Largest Earthquake
http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/Geohazards/Earthquakes/1915centennial.html

The Great Nevada Earthquake 100 Years Later
Sep 29, 2015, by Fred Wasser, KNPR
Read the article and listen to the interview with Alan Wallace.

1915 Great Nevada Earthquake spurs reminder for 2015 Great Nevada Shakeout:
Register now for Drop, Cover, Hold On public earthquake drill
Nevada Today, 9/29/2015, by Mike Wolterbeek

“About 100 years ago Nevada was rocked by the largest earthquake in its history, the 1915 magnitude 7.3 Pleasant Valley earthquake south of Winnemucca. Only a few large earthquakes since then have rumbled the state, but nothing near the surface scar – with a vertical offset as high as 19 feet – that stretched 35 miles across Nevada’s Great Basin.

“The centennial mark, Oct. 2, of our biggest quake is a good opportunity to remind ourselves Nevada is earthquake country, and we should be prepared,” Graham Kent, director of the University’s Nevada Seismological Laboratory, said. “That 1915 earthquake is a grim reminder of what could happen now, anywhere in Nevada, and with a population base much higher and much more dense in our major cities.”…

Described by dePolo as a “great chance to see the geological impacts caused by a large earthquake,” the trip will start with a short overview talk in Winnemucca followed by a vehicle caravan with two stops in the earthquake area. The trip will be limited to the first 80 people who sign up. A guide book will be available on the 1915 earthquake centennial web page for those interested in making the trip on their own: http://www.unr.edu/centennial. ”

You can read the entire story here.

Spots are Open for a Centennial Tour of the Quake
Buckaroo News, Winnemucca, NV
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
You can read the story here.

1915 Earthquake Centennial Infographic

Sign up for The Great Nevada ShakeOutand get ready to “Drop, Cover, and Hold” on October 15 at 10:15 a.m.

Nevada Petroleum & Geothermal Society Monthly Dinner Meeting – Thursday, Oct 1, 2015

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Speakers:

Lauren Mermejo, BLM Great Basin Greater Sage-Grouse Program Lead
Raul Morales, BLM Deputy State Director for Renewable Resources and Planning

Topic:
Nevada and Northeastern California Greater Sage-Grouse Land Use Plan Amendment      

Ramada Reno Hotel
1000 East 6th Street, Reno, NV 89512
Cocktail Reception 6:30, Skyline Bar, 14th Floor

HOSTED BY: Paul Graham Drilling and Resource Cementing
Dinner Served at 7:00 PM
NPGS Members $20, Non-Members $23, Students $10

ABSTRACT:
The Bureau of Land Management has recently completed 14 land use plans and land use plan amendments across 10 states.  These plans conserve key sagebrush habitat and promote sustainable economic development in the West.   The Records of Decision and Approved Plans were signed in September.  The US Fish and Wildlife Service is using our plans, as well as the Forest Service Plans, State Plans, NRCS projects, and private land owner conservation efforts to determine it the actions and information within all of these efforts is adequate to conserve the Greater Sage-Grouse and its habitat such that a listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is not necessary.

We have confidence that these plans, when final, will not only benefit the Greater Sage-Grouse, but will also preserve the West’s heritage of ranching and outdoor recreation; protect hundreds of wildlife species that also rely on sagebrush habitat, such as elk, mule deer and golden eagles; and promote balance between conservation and development.

The Federal Sage-Grouse conservation plans have several key components that are consistent across the range:  they are done at a landscape scale; there has been unprecedented coordination; they adopt numerous aspects of the State’s plan; they are based off of best available science; they are a targeted, multi-tiered approach; and they respect valid and existing rights.

Please RSVP by Monday, Sep 28, for the Dinner Meeting by clicking here.

If you have RSVP’d, and find that you cannot attend, please notify NPGS as soon as you are able as NPGS will be charged for all no-shows. Thank you for your consideration.

Earth Science Week Field Trip—Oct 17 and 18

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Mount Rose, Washoe County, NV. Photographer: Nick Hinz

NBMG Earth Science Week Field Trip 2015:
Fire and Ice—Geology of the Mount Rose Quadrangle, Lake Tahoe, and the Carson Range
Saturday, October 17 or Sunday, October 18
(Sunday is a repeat of Saturday)

Sign up here for this year’s field trip!

This year’s Earth Science Week is October 11-17, 2015 and will celebrate the theme “Visualizing Earth’s Systems.”

NBMG participates in Earth Science Week by coordinating annual geologic field trips for the general public. The field trip is free to the public! Be sure to bring your own water, lunch, sunscreen, hat, first-aid kit, walking stick, gloves, camera, binoculars, bag or bucket for collecting samples, safety glasses if you use a hammer, and a GPS receiver (optional). The day’s activity will involve hiking and climbing around rocks so wear appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy shoes or hiking boots.

This year NBMG will lead a trip to look at recently completed mapping of the Mount Rose quadrangle which covers an area from north shore of Lake Tahoe to north Mount Rose proper, east into the Mount Rose Ski Area, and west to the NV/CA state line.  Our journey will have stops along the Mount Rose Highway (including Mount Rose summit), in Incline Village, and along the north shore of Lake Tahoe.  We will look at the history of volcanoes, glaciers, and faults that have built and continue to build the landscape we see today.

The field trip guide and details will be posted in early October.

The Mount Rose geologic map can be found here: http://pubs.nbmg.unr.edu/Prel-geol-Mount-Rose-quad-p/of2014-07.htm

You must sign up online[docs.google.com] prior to the trip and sign a waiver form. Please print out a paper copy, sign and date, and submit prior to the field trip or bring to the field trip starting point.

Field trip participants should meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot of the Galena Creek Visitor Center[galenacreekvisitorcenter.org] on the Mt. Rose Highway. Departure will be at 9:30 a.m.

There will be several geologists in attendance to help answer your questions about geology and identify a variety of rocks. There will also be an opportunity to learn more about geocaching and EarthCaching—a high-tech treasure hunting game using GPS devices. If you have a hand-held GPS unit, please bring it.

For questions about the field trip, please call Nick Hinz at 775-784-1446.

For more information about educational activities during Earth Science Week, go to the national Earth Science Week website[earthsciweek.org].

ESW Proclamation by the Governor

NBMG 2nd Annual Open House—Oct 27 and 28—save the date!

You are invited to NBMG’s second annual Open House at the Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library on Tuesday October 27 and Wednesday October 28.

Learn about Nevada’s amazing geologic setting and rapidly evolving landscapes—and how earth science benefits your community and your future.

There will be lectures and activities for all ages. Details will be coming soon!

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Earth Science Week Focus Days

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“Earth Science Week is happy to announce special days focusing on specific themes during the week-long celebration, October 11-17, 2015.”

You can view details here:
http://www.earthsciweek.org/focus-days[earthsciweek.org]

Sunday, October 11–International EarthCache Day
Monday, October 12–Earth Science Literacy Day
Tuesday, October 13–No Child Left Inside Day
Wednesday, October 14–National Fossil Day
Thursday, October 15–Geoscience for Everyone Day
Friday, October 16–Geologic Map Day
Saturday, October 17–International Archaeology Day

NBMG participates in Earth Science Week by coordinating annual geologic field trips for the general public. Stay tuned for a later post with more information about this year’s field trip!