Pershing County Bulletin—Now Available Digitally

Geology and Mineral Deposits of Pershing County, Nevada
Author: Maureen G. Johnson
Year: 1977
Series: Bulletin 89

Format: digital files only; includes PDF of the following: 121 pages, 11 x 8.5 inches, 19 b/w drawings, 5 b/w photos, 19 tables, 5 plates: plate 1, 1:250,000, geologic map, 24 x 48 inches, full color; plate 2A, 1:250,000, mineral resources, 25 x 30 inches, 4 color; plate 2B, index to mining districts, 27 x 25 inches, b/w; plate 3, stratigraphic section, 23 x 20 inches, b/w; plate 4, 1:48,000, geologic map, Antelope district, 12 x 23 inches, 2 color. Geospatial PDF of plate 1 is also included.

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The paper version is also still available:

The location, stratigraphy, structural history, mining districts, and geothermal resources; references and index. Prepared cooperatively by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Observations: A Newsletter from the College of Science (Spring 2017)

Featuring Bridget Ayling and the National Geothermal Academy. Plans under way to revive the National Geothermal Academy in Reno, Nevada

The most recent issue of Observations: A Newsletter from the College of Science (Spring 2017) included a link to a story in Think Geoenergy about NBMG’s Bridget Ayling and plans to revive the National Geothermal Academy.

“In a recent interview piece published by the University of Nevada in Reno, the new Director for the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy highlighted her and the center’s projects at the moment. She particularly highlights plans for reviving the National Geothermal Academy, which operated on campus [of UNR] from 2011 to 2014 before going dormant for the last two years.”

Read article here:

Nevada Today article, by Michael Olinger, 1/3/2017:

The 2017 National Geothermal Academy will run from 19-30th June, 2017 at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Two engineering-focused modules are being offered: Geothermal Drilling Engineering, and Geothermal Reservoir Engineering. Applications for the 2017 National Geothermal Academy are invited from outstanding undergraduate and graduate students, and professionals. For fee information, course outlines, application forms, and application deadlines for the NGA, please visit: or email for more information.

COS Discover Science Lecture Series—Thursday March 16: Carolyn Porco—Planetary Scientist

“Planetary scientist and Saturn expert Carolyn Porco will speak at University of Nevada, Reno: Discover Science Lecture Series turns its eyes to the sky March 16 as part of the series”

Nevada Today, article by Michael Olinger, 2/24/2017
A veteran of the Voyager mission, Porco is leading the imaging science of the Cassini Mission presently in orbit around Saturn.

Discover Science Milt D. Glick Lecture on March 16, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in DMS Room 110 (auditorium).

Discover Science Lecture Series

“Free parking is available on the top level of the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex located on N. Virginia Street.”

AEG Monthly Meeting—March 16 RSVP by 5:00 TODAY MARCH 14

Edmund Quaglieri
An Overview of the Nevada Dam Safety Program

MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT:  Thursday March 16, 2017
SPEAKER: Mr. Edmund Quaglieri, Engineering Manager of the Nevada Division of Water Resources
TOPIC: An Overview of the Nevada Dam Safety Program

COST: Members: $25.00; non-members: $29.00
Student dinners sponsored by: Wood Rodgers, Inc.

ABSTRACT: In the State of Nevada, the State Engineer is charged with dam safety pursuant to Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) Chapter 535. The goal of Nevada’s dam safety program is to avoid dam failure and thus prevent loss of life and destruction of property. This is accomplished by careful review of new dam applications, on-site inspection of the dams being built, review of as-built drawings and QA/QC reports and finally, through periodic visual inspections of the structures themselves. Our office inspects 642 every year, three years or five years, depending on the hazard classification. We also provide plan review for approximately 20 new dams.

BIOGRAPHY: In the past as a consulting engineer for over 10 years, Ed worked on a wide array of projects including water/sewer transmission and distribution pipelines, subdivision design, pump stations, water/wastewater treatment plants and water storage tanks, storm-water conveyance, alternative energy design and treatment, hydrologic studies and field inspection. More recently, Ed was the former Water Engineer at the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada which included the rate regulation of 30 water/wastewater companies across Nevada. Currently, he is the Engineering Manager at the Nevada Division of Water Resources and currently oversees, Dam Safety, Water Planning, Water Right Forfeitures, Water Right Assessments, Channel Clearance, Truckee River Maintenance, and Floodplain Management. He is also the State of Nevada representative for the Truckee River Operating Agreement. Ed is a registered Professional Engineer in Nevada, registered Water Rights Surveyor, and an AWWA Licensed Water Operator.

Roadside Geology of Nevada—Now Available

Authors: Frank DeCourten and Norma Biggar
Year: February 2017
Series: Mountain Press Publishing Company, Roadside Geology Series
Format: paperback, 416 pages, 6 x 9 inches
ISBN: 978-0-87842-672-0
More info or order here:


Driving through Nevada, you may be miles from nowhere, but you are never far from an interesting rock, the shoreline of an ice age lake, or an active or historic mine. The Silver State has some of the most diverse geology in the United States, and much of it lies in plain sight thanks to the arid climate of the Great Basin. Geologic forces continue to shape Nevada, stretching it apart and bringing magma near the surface. Earthquakes periodically rock its lonely outposts, creating some of the biggest fault scarps in the world. With the help of Roadside Geology of Nevada, you can appreciate geologic features along more than thirty of Nevada’s highways.

Frank DeCourten has taught geology and conducted geological research in and around the Great Basin of northern Nevada for more than four decades. Since 1994, Frank has been Professor of Earth Sciences at Sierra College in Grass Valley, California. He lives in Penn Valley, California, with his wife, Becky, and dog, Blue.

Norma Biggar graduated from Antioch College and earned a Masters degree at the University of Alaska. She worked for a consulting company first evaluating the seismic hazards. Her latest project was on the high-level nuclear waste project in Nevada. Upon retirement, she started working on the Roadside Geology of Nevada. She died in November 2016 before the book was finished.

Job Announcement from BLM

blm-logoMessage 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:  Human Resources Officer, GS-0201-14;
Announcement Number:  NOC Merit-2017-0061;
Location(s) of position:  Lakewood, CO, US;
Salary:  $109,862 – $142,821;
Applications will be accepted until:  03/13/2017.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.

DGSE Colloquium Speaker Series—March 6

A message from Philipp Ruprecht, UNR Dept. of Geological Sciences & Engineering (DGSE): “This upcoming Monday (March 6th), we have Dr. Wes Thelen presenting on “Tracking magma and volatile pathways under Kilauea Volcano.” Wes was the Seismic Network Coordinator at Hawaiian Volcano Observatory with the USGS and has recently moved to the Vancouver, WA, office to be part of the seismic monitoring team at Cascade Volcano Observatory. He is a Truckee-native and started his career in the Earth Sciences at no other place than the University of Nevada, Reno! So, if you want to get inspired where a UNR degree can take you to, then please join us at 4 pm in DMS 102. Of course if want to know the latest about active Hawaiian volcanoes, this is your chance to hear from someone who has been up close.”

03/06—Dr. Wes Thelen (USGS-Vancouver) – please note change in date to March 6
Tracking magma and volatile pathways under Kilauea Volcano

List of other confirmed seminar speakers for Spring 2017:
03/27 Dr. Elizabeth Cassel (U Idaho)

04/03 Dr. Daniela Rubatto (U Bern, Switzerland) – Mineralogical Society of America, Distinguished Lecturer

04/24 Dr. James Dolan (USC) – Slemmons Lecture

05/01 Dr. Keith Priestley (Cambridge, UK)

These talks are at the usual location in DMS 102 at 4 p.m.
Parking at UNR

If you have questions, you can contact Philipp Ruprecht, Assistant Professor, Geological Sciences, at 775-682-6048.