Archive | December 2016

Job Announcement from BLM

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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.

Job Description:  Land Law Examiner;
Announcement Number:  MT-DEU-2017-0027;
Location(s) of position:  Billings, MT, US;
Salary:  $48,968 – $63,654;
Applications will be accepted until:  12/28/2016.
For additional information on this job posting, please go to:
https://jobs.mgsapps.monster.com/blm/vacancy/viewVacancyDetail!execute.hms?orgId=3&jnum=117046

Publication Sales and Information Office Closed December 26–30, 2016

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NBMG’s Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library (aka “The Gold Building”) at 2175 Raggio Parkway in Reno.

The Publication Sales and Information Office at Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library will be closed the week of December 26–30, 2016.

No orders will be filled during this time period. If you will need any publications before January 3, 2017, please place those orders by December 20 to give us time to fill them before the week that we are closed.

We will be open our normal hours again on Tuesday January 3, 2017. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Photo Contest Details for 2018 Calendar—deadline May 31, 2017

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Photo by Jack Hursh of Sand Mountain from 2017 Nevada Geology calendar.

Calling all photographers! NBMG is already accepting photographs for the Nevada Geology Calendar 2018.  If you have photographs of interesting geologic features or landscapes from your fieldwork that you would like to submit for next year’s calendar, please email Jack Hursh at NBMG.

Here are the details for this contest for the 2018 calendar:

  • Deadline for entries is May 31, 2017
  • Photos need to be taken in Nevada. A location description and/or GPS coordinates should accompany submissions along with description.
  • High-quality, high-resolution photo files of at least 300 dpi are required for quality printing.
  • E-mail submissions to Jack Hursh (jhursh@unr.edu).
  • NBMG cartographers will make the final decision on the winning photos.
  • Prizes will be awarded for first-, second-, and third-place winners.

Photo Contest Winners for 2017 Calendar

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Congratulations to the winners of the Nevada Geology Calendar 2017 photo contest!

First-place winner:
Chip Carroon

August main photo
“Near Coal Valley in the Basin and Range National Monument, Lincoln and Nye counties”

Second-place winner:
Angel La Canfora

Cover photo
“Northshore Summit Trail in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Clark County”

Third-place winner:
William Krebs

April main photo
“The Sump, Esmeralda County”

You can view these photo thumbnails here:
http://pubs.nbmg.unr.edu/Nevada-geology-calendar-2017-p/cal2017.htm

Thank you all for your wonderful photo contributions!

Fairview Peak and Dixie Valley Earthquakes M7.1 and M6.9 — December 16, 1954

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Ground offset of about eight feet from the 1954 Dixie Valley earthquake forming the small cliff to the left of the cabin. Karl Steinbrugge photo from NBMG Special Publications 27 and 37.

 

You can visit the site of these earthquakes and view the scarps using this road guide:
The Great Highway 50 Rock Tour, by D.D LaPointe, David Davis, Jon Price and Beth Price
http://pubs.nbmg.unr.edu/The-great-Highway-50-rock-tour-p/e044.htm

You can also take a virtual tour of the area and view the scarps—check out the Travel Nevada links on theNBMG Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nevada-Bureau-of-Mines-and-Geology/106397989390636[facebook.com]

This excerpt was taken from NBMG Special Publication 37:
Damaging Earthquakes in Nevada: 1840s to 2008, by Craig dePolo:
http://pubs.nbmg.unr.edu/Damaging-earthquakes-in-NV-p/sp037.htm

On December 16, 1954 there were two large, back-to-back earthquakes east of the Fallon area that were felt throughout Nevada and created several large ground ruptures. The first event, the Fairview Peak earthquake, a right-normal-oblique-slip event, occurred at 3:07 a.m. PST and had a magnitude of 7.1 (Pancha and others, 2006). This was followed four minutes and 20 seconds later (3:11 a.m.) by a magnitude 6.9 event, the Dixie Valley earthquake, a normal-slip event (Slemmons and others, 1965). Both earthquakes created spectacular surface ruptures over a total area of 100 km (62 mi) long and 14.5 km (9 mi) wide, with ground offsets of as much as 3.8 m (12.5 ft) vertical and 2.9 m (9.5 ft) right lateral (Slemmons, 1957; Caskey and others, 1996).

The earthquake was in a sparsely populated region, and there were no reported injuries and only minor building damage and content losses. In Dixie Valley, an “adobe cellar, gasoline tank and water tank, and stone wall collapsed,” a stove moved several feet, and a woman was thrown from her bed due to the shaking (Murphy and Cloud, 1956). In one living room, a piano “kangarooed” its way to the opposite side of the room during the shaking (FS 12/22/54). In the surrounding region, dishes broke, walls and chimneys were cracked in the towns of Austin, Luning, Mina, Rawhide, Fallon, Lovelock, Eureka, and Carson City (Murphy and Cloud, 1956). Damage in Carson City included cracked walls and fallen plaster in the Capitol building, the State Printing Building, and the State Prison (Murphy and Cloud, 1956). Water lines were broken at Lovelock, Mina and near Gabbs (Murphy and Cloud, 1956).

PERSPECTIVE (by Craig dePolo)
After 1959, earthquake activity subsided in the Fallon region and has been at a relatively low level since then. However, Nevada has a rich earthquake history, over 1500 Quaternary faults, and has active deformation detected by geodetic measurements. Major earthquakes are in Nevada’s future and much attention will be focused on these events when they occur and on earthquake preparedness and resilience. Nevada has had a window of opportunity to prepare for the next events, and great things such as freeway bridge seismic retrofits have occurred during this window. But preparedness for earthquakes must continue, especially at a personal level, if we are to have fewer injuries and property losses from future events. “Give the gift of preparedness.”

Job Announcements from BLM

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Message 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.

Job Description:  Wildlife Biologist;
Announcement Number:  OR-DEU-2017-0026;
Location(s) of position:  Lakeview, OR, US, North Bend, OR, US;
Salary:  $48,968 – $77,019;
Applications will be accepted until:  12/15/2016.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.

Job Description:  Forester (O & C Lands);
Announcement Number:  OR-DEU-2017-0025;
Location(s) of position:  Medford, OR, US, North Bend, OR, US, Roseburg, OR, US;
Salary:  $48,968 – $77,019;
Applications will be accepted until:  12/14/2016.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.

Job Description:  Engineering Equipment Operator;
Announcement Number:  NM-DEU-2017-0019;
Location(s) of position:  Cuba, NM, US, Las Cruces, NM, US;
Salary:  $24.35 – $28.42;
Applications will be accepted until:  12/15/2016.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.