Archive | September 2017

GSN Dinner Meeting—Friday, September 22—RSVP by Sept. 20

Lithium and Gold Associated with Rhyolitesa Preview of the Society of Economic Geologists Field Course in September 2018Lecture by Jonathan Price


A message from Laura Ruud, Geological Society of Nevada (GSN) Executive Manager
:  Welcome back to the regular Fall meetings of the GSN after a busy and hopefully fruitful summer.  The meeting is this Friday, September 22, 2017 at the Reno Elks Lodge, 597 Kumle Lane, Reno, Nevada.  Our speaker is Jonathan Price, Nevada State Geologist Emeritus.  His abstract is pasted below.

Drinks are sponsored this month by BOART LONGYEAR!
Bar opens at 6 p.m., Dinner is at 7 p.m. and the talk will begin at 7:45 p.m.
Dinner cost is $25/each and dinner reservations are due no later than this Wednesday, September 20th at Midnight!  Pre-pays are due in the GSN office by noon on Wednesday. Student members eat free if they are current on their dues and make a reservation.

Please email your reservation to Laura Ruud at the GSN office:  gsn@gsnv.org or call the office at 775-323-3500.  

(If you make a dinner reservation and No show/No cancel by Thursday night, you will be invoiced for $25 after the meeting, students included.)

SPEAKER:   Jonathan G. Price, NBMG and Nevada State Geologist Emeritus

TITLE:  “Lithium and Gold Associated with Rhyolites – a Preview of the Society of Economic Geologists Field Course in September 2018”
PLACE:  Reno Elks Lodge, 597 Kumle Lane, Reno, Nevada

TIME:   6:00 p.m. – Drinks and dinner check-in begins

7:00 p.m. – Buffet dinner ($25 at the door or pre-pay with the attached form)

7:45 p.m. – Announcements and Talk begins


Please remember that it is time to renew your membership dues for 2018 fiscal year.  You can click here to renew online
http://gsnv.org/membership/join-gsn.php  [gsnv.org]

 

Regards,

Laura Ruud

 

Abstract:  Ruth Carraher, Ted Wilton, and Jon Price will be co-leading a pre-SEG-meeting field course from Reno.  Dates are September 18-21, 2018, with three nights at the Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah.  We will examine active mines (the lithium-brine operation in Clayton Valley and the Round Mountain gold mine) and exploration projects (Eastside project in the Monte Cristo Range, Hasbrouck Mountain, lithium-clay deposits near Silver Peak, and brine targets in other basins), geochemical and geophysical data, and tectonic setting to address a series of questions about lithium and gold deposits.  What is the relation of magma chemistry to mineralization?  Is melting of peculiar crust necessary?  How do lithium-rich brines and lithium-rich clay deposits form?  What are the roles of meteoric water and hydrothermal fluids in the formation of the lithium deposits?  How does eruption of tuff impact potential gold mineralization?  How important is tectonic setting to the development of world-class lithium and gold deposits?  What are the best guides for exploration?  The GSN talk will begin to address these questions.

 

Bio:  Jon is a consulting geologist and the Nevada State Geologist EmeritusJon was the State Geologist and Director of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology from 1988 until his retirement from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2012.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in geology and German from Lehigh University and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in geology from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

His geological career has included experience with industry, teaching, research, and government.  He has worked in copper, iron, uranium, and gold exploration and mining; taught undergraduate and graduate geology courses and supervised graduate theses; and conducted and directed research at state geological surveys.  He was the 1997 President of the American Institute of Professional Geologists, the 1998-2002 President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Western States Seismic Policy Council, the 2000-2001 President of the Association of American State Geologists, the 2003 President of the Society of Economic Geologists, the 2006-2007 President of the Nevada Petroleum Society, the 2014-2015 President of the Geological Society of Nevada, and the 2015-2016 President of the Geological Society of America.  During 1993 and 1994, he was on loan to the National Research Council as the staff director of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources. 

 

Jon was the 2009 recipient of the American Geological Institute’s Medal in Memory of Ian Campbell for Superlative Service to the Geosciences, the 2010 recipient of the Geological Society of America’s Public Service Award in Honor of Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker, the 2012 recipient of the Western States Seismic Policy Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2013 recipient of the Gold Medal of the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America, and the 2013 recipient of the Ben H. Parker Memorial Medal of the American Institute of Professional Geologists.

 

Jon’s consulting work has included projects with mining and exploration companies, mineral-rights owners, and federal agencies, including investigation of mining fraud and review of the fate of radionuclides from underground nuclear explosions.

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NBMG Earth Science Week Field Trip 2017—Saturday, October 21—SAVE THE DATE!

NBMG Earth Science Week Field Trip 2017
Location of trip: Carson Valley

We hope you can join us on Saturday, October 21 as geoscientists from Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology explain the geology of the Carson Valley—in celebration of Earth Science Week 2017 and the importance of earth sciences to the people of the state of Nevada.

NBMG coordinates annual geology field trips for the public during, or near, Earth Science Week. These field trips are fun, educational, family oriented, and always free. NBMG has been an active participant in Earth Science Week since it began in 1998.

Details and signup for the October 21 trip will be coming soon!
http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/ScienceEducation/Geotripping.html

Major stops on this field trip will include the following:

  • A “young” one-million-year-old cinder cone volcano
  • Evidence of major valleys flowing from central Nevada to the Pacific Ocean before the uplift of the Sierra Nevada Mountains
  • Recently active earthquake faults
  • Geothermal springs
  • The 2014 Hot Spring Mountain flood and debris flows

Trip leaders will be Seth Dee, Bridget Ayling, and Chris Henry.

National Earth Science Week website:
http://www.earthsciweek.org/

Earth Science Week is October 8-14, 2017.

“The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce that the theme of Earth Science Week 2017 is “Earth and Human Activity.” This year’s event, the 20th annual Earth Science Week celebration, promotes awareness of what geoscience tells us about human interaction with the planet’s natural systems and processes.”

DGSE Seminar Series—Monday September 11:

DGSE Seminar SeriesMonday September 11:
Engineered Geothermal Systems and the Fallon FORGE Project
Dr. Bridget Ayling
Abstract: Engineered Geothermal Systems (EGS) have the potential to significantly contribute to our baseload energy requirements, with over 500 GWe of resource potential estimated for the western USA alone (USGS, 2008). After the first R&D project to test the EGS concept was initiated at Fenton Hill (New Mexico) in the 1970s, there have been several projects in the USA and internationally that aimed to evaluate the viability of EGS and progress the technologies required to make EGS economic. The key technical challenges associated with EGS center on creating and maintaining appropriate reservoir heat-exchange networks, while managing any induced seismicity associated with stimulation of the reservoir.

In this talk, I will introduce the US Department of Energy’s FORGE initiative (Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy) that aims to develop a site for the testing and development of EGS technologies. I will also present an overview of the progress to date at the Fallon FORGE site in Nevada, and upcoming activities planned for the project.

A message from Philipp Ruprecht (Assistant Professor, Geological Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno, phone 775-682-6048): “The speaker list is mostly complete and below you find a preview of what is to come for this semester.”

These seminars are on Mondays at 4:00 PM in SEM 326 at UNR:
9/11/17    Bridget Ayling (UNR/NBMG/Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy)
9/25/17    Adrian Fiege (American Museum of Natural History, NYC)
10/2/17    Cin-Ty Lee (Rice University)
10/16/17  Greg Stock (National Park Service)
11/13/17  Michael Krawczynski (Washington University, St. Louis)
12/4/17    Pre-AGU student presentation

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Stepping Up Outreach for the Fallon FORGE Project

By Bridget Ayling

Members of the Fallon FORGE team staffed a booth at the Fallon Cantaloupe Festival and Country Fair, 24–27th August 2017, to meet the Fallon community and provide them an opportunity to meet us, ask questions and learn more about the Fallon FORGE project. The booth was a success: we spoke with many locals and visitors to the region, and the majority were interested to learn more about our activities and are supportive of the project going forward. We also attracted the younger generation via our swag options (drink bottles, etc.), geothermal core samples borrowed from NBMG’s core facility (the Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library), and a microscope set-up with petrographic thin sections available for viewing. Outreach activities for the Fallon FORGE project are ongoing, and will become increasingly important if the project makes it into the next phase of the FORGE initiative—this will be determined in spring/summer 2018.

Representatives of the Fallon FORGE team at the beginning of the festival:
ready to go and spread the word about geothermal! Photo: Bridget Ayling

New NBMG/DGSE graduate student Kurt Kraal guides a future geologist
in looking at geothermal thin sections under a microscope. Photo: Bridget Ayling

Visitors at the booth learning more about the Fallon FORGE project. Photo: Bridget Ayling

If you want to learn more about the Fallon FORGE project, Dr. Bridget Ayling will be the guest speaker for the DGSE seminar series this Monday, September 11.

Job Announcements from US Bureau of Reclamation

“These positions are being advertised for the Pacific Northwest Regional Office, Geology & Exploration Services, Geology Group, located in Boise, ID.” If you have any questions, please see contact information inside the links.

(2) Geologist, GS-1350-07/09/11

  • Permanent, full-time
  • Salary: $40,684.00 to $78,270.00 per annum
  • Moving expenses are NOT authorized

Announcements Open: 09/01/2017 to 09/15/2017

BR-PN-VA-TS-17-241 – Open to current Federal employees serving under competitive service career or career-conditional appointments, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, VEOA eligible veterans or persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under special appointing authorities (such as 30% Disabled Veterans). https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/478591400

BR-PN-DE-TS-17-242 – Open to all United States Citizens and Nationals. https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/478597900

Job Announcements 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:  Natural Resource Specialist
Announcement Number:  NM-DEU-2017-0050
Location(s) of position:  Carlsbad, NM, US
Salary:  (USD) $38,536 – (USD) $62,060
Applications will be accepted until:  09/15/2017
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.

Job Description:  Engineering Technician (Civil)
Announcement Number:  UT-DEU-2017-0048
Location(s) of position:  Moab, UT, US
Salary:  (USD) $40,684 – (USD) $52,893
Applications will be accepted until:  09/19/2017
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.

DGSE Seminar Series—Fall 2017

A message from Philipp Ruprecht (Assistant Professor, Geological Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno, phone 775-682-6048): The DGSE seminar series is about to kick off and is so with a special seminar by one of our own alumni. Dr. Mark Stirling now at the University of Otago, New Zealand, is going to talk about the Mw7.8 2016 Kaikoura earthquake (see details below).

Special Joint Seminar:
The Mw7.8 2016 Kaikoura, New Zealand, earthquake: What we saw and what we learned
Mark Stirling, Chair of Earthquake Sciences, University of Otago, New Zealand
Wednesday, September 6 (Sorry for late notice)
DMS 102 at 11:00 AM
This seminar will be held on Wednesday (out of the ordinary time slot), Sept 6th in DMS 102 at 11 AM!

Nevada Seismological Laboratory
Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering (DGSE)
EERI@UNR Student Chapter

Following this special seminar, the following seminar will revert to our common time slot (Monday at 4 PM). The speaker list is mostly complete and below you find a preview of what is to come for this semester:

Note that for the future seminars we will have a different location (SEM 326):

 9/11/17    Bridget Ayling (UNR/Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy)

9/25/17    Adrian Fiege (American Museum of Natural History, NYC)

10/2/17    Cin-Ty Lee (Rice University)

10/16/17  Greg Stock (National Park Service)

11/13/17  Michael Krawczynski (Washington University, St. Louis)

12/4/17    Pre-AGU student presentation