Discover Nevada Geology with Experts from NBMG
You are invited to join experts at NBMG’s Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library for a day of lectures, displays, tours, and activities!
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The Open House is hosted by the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) at the Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library (GBSSRL) at 2175 Raggio Parkway in Reno. It is an opportunity for the general public to discover Nevada geology and learn more about our dynamic landscapes and unique geology.
Nevada is richly endowed with natural resources and has more gold and geothermal resources than any other state, but our evolving landscapes also make Nevada prone to natural hazards, including earthquakes, floods, and landslides. The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology is the state’s geological survey and charged with assessing our mineral, geothermal, and oil-gas resources while also analyzing natural hazards to mitigate their effects. The GBSSRL houses vast collections of reports and rock and mineral specimens on Nevada’s geology, resources, and geologic hazards.
We welcome the public to our third annual open house on October 15 to learn more about our unique environment.
ESW Proclamation by the Governor
10:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
Controversies Surrounding the Origin of the World’s Two Largest Gold Belts:
The Witwatersrand of South Africa and the Carlin Trend of Nevada
by Dr. John Muntean, NBMG Research Geologist and Director of the Ralph J. Roberts Center for Research in Economic Geology
11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Geothermal Energy: So Hot Right Now
by Dr. Bridget Ayling, NBMG Research Geologist and Director of the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy
1:30 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.
Unravelling the Earthquake History along the Most Exciting Road in America:
Quaternary Faults and Paleoearthquakes in Central Nevada
by Dr. Rich Koehler, NBMG Research Geologist
2:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.
Earth‘s Flex and Flow in Nevada
by Dr. Bill Hammond, NBMG Research Geodesist
ONGOING ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES!
Learn to gold pan
Tour the sample library
Find faults on air photos
Pick up a free radon test kit
Adopt a pet rock
Play geology games—and win prizes
Bring a rock for free identification
Find hazards near your home, work, or school
View maps and equipment on display
Buy publications on special sale
FREE RADON TEST KITS AT OPEN HOUSE
Susan Howe, Program Director of the Nevada Radon Education Program, will be at the Open House and will be distributing free radon testing kits and information on radon.
- Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from the decay of uranium found naturally in rocks, soil and water.
- Radon can enter homes and accumulate to dangerous levels, raising the risk of lung cancer in their home.
- In Nevada, 25 percent of tested homes have elevated radon concentrations in excess of the Environmental Protection Agency action level.
- The Nevada Radon Education Program will be offering free radon test kits to attendees.
Nevada Radon Education Program:
NEVADA RADON POSTER CONTEST
There is still time for your children and neighbors (ages 9 to 14) to enter the Radon Poster Contest!
The deadline is October 31, 2016, but students can bring their poster entries with them to the Open House on Saturday to submit to Susan Howe.
For more information, please read details in these links below.
2017 Nevada Radon Poster Contest:
This contest is sponsored by the Nevada Radon Education Program and the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health.
GOLD PANNING—NEW THIS YEAR!
Volunteers from GPAA will be at the Open House to offer free lessons in gold panning.
EARTH SCIENCE WEEK SALE AT OPEN HOUSE
The following items will be 20% off only for Open House visitors on October 15:
Nevada Geology Calendar 2017:
Lake Tahoe 3-D poster (50% off this item only):
The discount is available while supplies last and is not available for online or phone orders.