Nevada Peak Named for Roger Morrison
Roger B. Morrison (1914-2006)
Roger B. Morrison was an internationally known field geologist who was one of the first researchers to study and formally describe the Pleistocene Lake Lahontan deposits of western Nevada. His contributions to the fields of Quaternary geology, geomorphology, and soils spanned seven decades and have few parallels in geological studies of the Basin and Range.
Roger earned a BS and MA in geology from Cornell University on 1934. He began a life-long career with the U.S. Geological Survey in the late 1930s studying groundwater resources in the arid West. In 1949, he was assigned to be Chief of the Fallon, Nevada project, a study investigating groundwater resources of the Carson Desert area. This work eventually formed the basis for a PhD dissertation in geology that Roger completed at the University of Nevada, Reno in 1964.
This was the first PhD granted by UNR in any field of study, and it formed the basis for the subsequent USGS Professional Paper 401, Lake Lahontan: Geology of Southern Carson Desert, one of the most significant contributions to the geological history of Nevada. These studies of Lake Lahontan were focused in the Lahontan Mountains near Grimes Point, Nevada, and many of the current place names of this area owe their origin to Morrison’s field studies. The newly named “Morrison Peak” is located on the west flank of Sehoo Mountain, named by Morrison during his field studies, and overlooking many of the well-known Lake Lahontan geological features discovered by Morrison. (from John Bell)
This naming proposal was submitted to the Nevada State Board on Geographic Names by John Bell (Professor Emeritus, NBMG) and was approved by the United States Board on Geographic Names. The official listing can be viewed on the USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) at
Dr. Morrison’s work provided the basis for two recent NBMG publications:
Geologic Map of the Lahontan Mountains Quadrangle, Churchill County, Nevada (second edition)
Geologic Map of the Grimes Point Quadrangle, Churchill County, Nevada
Nevada Peak Named for Alvin McLane
Alvin R. McLane (1934-2006)
On February 11, 2016, the U.S. Board on Geographic Names honored Alvin Ray McLane by approving the name “McLane Peak” for a previously unnamed peak in the Nightingale Mountains, 52 mi. NE of Reno overlooking Winnemucca Lake; Sec 2, T26N, R24E, Mount Diablo Meridian, on the Tohakum Peak NE 7.5-minute quadrangle. The official description of McLane Peak is on the U.S. Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) website.
From the Reno Gazette-Journal (with permission from the McLane family):
“Alvin Ray McLane, 71, passed away October 18, 2006 in a Reno hospital. He was born in Akron, OH on December 12, 1934 to George and Nellie (Strawderman) McLane. Alvin called Nevada his home for nearly 50 years.
Nevada lost its most interesting and long-time climber, spelunker, ski mountaineer, historian, conservationist, archaeologist, and author. Alvin knew the empty spots of Nevada as few others through nearly 50 years of exploring the entire state in his succession of jeeps. To fund this exploration he worked at a wide variety of interesting jobs including, filming, collecting ants on the top of mountain ranges, ski patrolling, climbing instructor, hydrologic and geologic technician, researching his writing projects, and finally as an archaeologist at the Desert Research Institute where he ‘officially’ retired in 1996.
For the past decade Alvin continued to pursue archaeology as both a consultant to various state and federal agencies as well as being an enthusiastic volunteer documenting and protecting petroglyph sites. Just the week before his death of pneumonia he was inventorying petroglyphs in his favorite part of Nevada, the Snake Range. Alvin’s first interest when he arrived in Nevada from West Virginia in the late 1950s was in exploring and meticulously mapping every cave he could find in eastern Nevada. He started the Great Basin Grotto Chapter of the National Speleological Society. A favorite cave in his early years was Wind Cave in South Dakota.
Natural arches and bridges also fascinated him so he searched them out and documented their locations. He discovered and did some of the first climbing routes in rock climbing areas like the Wild Granites in the Toiyabe Range and Lava Rocks in Northwestern Nevada. Alvin wrote Silent Cordilleras: The Mountain Ranges of Nevada in 1978 which for the first time identified 314 separate mountain ranges in the state, more than in any other state. He also authored or co-authored 13 publications dealing with caves, archaeology and the mountains of Nevada.
In 1998 Alvin tackled the controversy about the 1844 route of John C. Fremont to Pyramid Lake, by hiking the southerly route and seeing the same landmarks as the earlier explorer. In the 1970s Alvin authored studies of the Soldier Meadows, Fly Creek, and High Rock Canyon in northern Nevada as Natural Landmarks. Each the areas are now part of the Black Rock High Rock National Conservation Area. Recently Alvin was featured (frequently with his dog ‘Petroglyph’) in 14 episodes on the Wild Nevada KNPB Channel 5 program. On one of the episodes he took viewers to petroglyph panels to explain how early Native Americans used them to track the changes of the season. ‘Petroglyph’ also died last Wednesday.
Alvin was one of the founding members of the Friends of Mount Rose. These efforts are now appreciated by everyone who drives the upper reaches of the Mount Rose highway or skis the backcountry powder on Tamarack Peak. In 2004 Alvin was recognized by Governor Guinn for his ‘outstanding work as an archaeologist, historian, hydrologist, geologist, mountaineer, [and] spelunker.’ The Bureau of Land Management recognized Alvin as Nevada’s leading rock art recorder at a ceremony in Washington D.C. He also received an award from the Nevada Rock Art Foundation.
Alvin’s knowledge, expertise, and eagerness to explore new places will be sorely missed by his family and his many colleagues and friends.”
Nevada State Board on Geographic Names
Jack Hursh (Executive Secretary, Nevada State Board on Geographic Names, 2009–2014) was instrumental and diligent in the pursuit of the naming of McLane Peak. A photo of McLane Peak taken by Jack and featured on the June page of the Nevada Geology Calendar 2016 can also be viewed here.
NBMG has been involved in the Nevada State Board of Geographic Names for many years. NBMG faculty members emeriti, Joe and Susan Tingley, served as officers of the Board—Joe as Executive Secretary (1994–2004) and Susan as Chairman (1988–2004).
The Nevada Revised Statutes created the Nevada State Board on Geographic Names and requires one representative and one alternate from the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology.
U.S. Board on Geographic Names
Greg Stock, Yosemite National Park Geologist, will be the speaker at the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering seminar for October 16 (SEM 326 at 4:00 PM).
10/16/17 Greg Stock (National Park Service)
11/13/17 Michael Krawczynski (Washington University, St. Louis)
12/4/17 Pre-AGU student presentation
If you have any questions about this talk, please contact Philipp Ruprecht, Assistant Professor, Geological Sciences (phone: 775-682-6048).
Governor Sandoval has proclaimed this week as Earth Science Week in Nevada:
WHEREAS, geology and the other Earth sciences are fundamental to the safety, health, and welfare of Nevadans; and
WHEREAS, the Earth sciences are integral to finding, developing, and conserving mineral, energy, and water resources needed for Nevada’s continuing prosperity; and
WHEREAS, the Earth sciences provide the basis for preparing for, and mitigating, natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods, landslides, expansive soils, and subsidence experienced from time to time in Nevada; and
WHEREAS, the Earth sciences are crucial to environmental and ecological issues ranging from water and air quality to waste disposal; and
WHEREAS, knowledge of geological resources, hazards, and environment are vital to land management and land use decisions made in Nevada; and
WHEREAS, the Earth sciences contribute directly to our understanding and appreciation of, and our respect for nature; and
WHEREAS, the Earth sciences are an integral part of education for students all across the Silver State;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim the week of October 8 – 14, 2017 as EARTH SCIENCE WEEK IN NEVADA.
“WILD NEVADA Season 4 begins Thursday, October 5 at 8:00 PM!”
“Join KNPB hosts Chris Orr and Dave Santina as they venture out to explore exciting activities, exquisite scenery and fascinating history from across the Silver State.”
Episode 402 – Moonrocks and McLane Peak
“Chris and Dave enjoy unforgettable rides with professional racers, then see an ancient cave near Winnemucca Lake and climb McLane Peak, named in memory of Alvin McLane.”
Jack Hursh (NBMG) will join Chris and Dave as a guest host for the McLane Peak segment. This episode will be broadcast on Thursday, October 12, 8:00 PM; Saturday, October 14, 3:00 PM; Sunday, October 15, 6:00 PM; and Tuesday, October 17, 1:00 PM.
2017-2018 Discover Science Lecture Series
The Diversity Bonus:
The value of an integrated society, the desire for social justice, and a belief in equity
Thursday, October 12 (7 PM)
DMSC Redfield Auditorium
Scott E. Page is the Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Political Science, and Economics at the University of Michigan, where he also directs the Center for the Study of Complex Systems. His research focuses on the myriad roles that diversity plays in complex systems. In 2011, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is an external faculty member at the Santa Fe Institute.
A message from Jeffrey S. Thompson, Dean, College of Science: The next speaker in the Discover Science Lecture Series will be Dr. Scott Page. His talk will be at 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 12 at the Redfield Auditorium in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center. Scott Page researches how diversity improves performance and decision making, when ‘diversity’ means not what we look like on the outside, rather than what we look like within—the tools and abilities that make each of us unique. He is the author of The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies, about how we think in groups and why collective wisdom works. Scott’s most recent book, Diversity and Complexity provides an introduction to the role of diversity in complex adaptive systems. He explains how diversity underpins system level robustness, allowing for multiple responses to external shocks and internal adaptations. His next book, The Diversity Bonus: How Great Teams Pay Off in the Knowledge Economy, will be published in September 2017. He presents overwhelming evidence that teams that include different kinds of thinkers outperform homogenous groups on complex tasks, producing what he calls “diversity bonuses.” The book draws on research in economics, psychology, computer science and other fields.
Scott also studies complex systems. He is the author of Complex Adaptive Systems and is on the external faculty of the Santa Fe Institute, the world-renowned research center dedicated to using complexity science to solve human problems. Scott Page is director of the Center for the Study of Complex Systems at the University of Michigan where he serves as Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Complex Systems, Economics, and Political Science. He consults with corporations and nonprofits on market performance and organizational performance. He is currently teaching two online courses, Understanding Complexity and The Hidden Factor: Why Thinking Differently Is Your Greatest Asset. Scott received a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship in Social Sciences/Political Science.
Immediately following the lecture, Scott will be available for signing his new book THE DIVERSITY BONUS. ASUN Bookstore will have books for sale on site.
How to Attend the 2017-2018 Discover Science Lecture Series
Each Discover Science lecture begins at 7 PM. in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center’s Redfield Auditorium in Room 110. Seating for all Discover Science lectures is available on a first come, first served basis, and all lectures are free of charge. Free parking is available on the first floor of the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex located on North Virginia Street.
Governor Sandoval has proclaimed October as “Archives Month in Nevada”:
“WHEREAS, the purpose of archives and records depositories in the State of Nevada is to preserve the State’s documentary heritage for present and future generations; and
WHEREAS, archives collect personal papers, photographs, manuscripts, journals, government documents, maps, electronic media, oral history, film, and other materials contributing to the history of the Silver State; and
WHEREAS, a goal of the State Historical Records Advisory Board is to increase the awareness of the valuable role archives play in preserving and enhancing knowledge of our cultural, intellectual, social and governmental heritage; and
WHEREAS, Nevada citizens are invited to explore their history and visit the sites that house our documentary heritage;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim October 2017 as ARCHIVES MONTH IN NEVADA.”
The NBMG Mining District Files consist largely of historical and current maps, reports, articles, photographs, correspondence, assays, production reports, and reserve information on all aspects of mining in Nevada. These have largely been donated to the NBMG over the years from individuals, companies, and other government agencies.
You can view the NBMG Mining District File archives here:
http://pubs.nbmg.unr.edu/Nevada-Mining-District-Files-s/1970.htm (text and interactive)
https://gisweb.unr.edu/MiningDistricts/ (interactive map)
Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society Monthly Dinner Meeting
SPEAKER: Chris Ellis, VP & General Manager, Coso Operating Co., LLC
TOPIC: Coso Geothermal Power Plant
DATE: Thursday, October 5, 2017
ABSTRACT: Brief geothermal introduction with an overview of the Coso facility, including a discussion of some of the issues, problems and solutions that have been encountered and managed.
BIOGRAPHY: Christopher Ellis is Vice President and General Manager for Coso Operating Company, has been at the Coso Project since 1988. During his tenure, he has held various positions with the company encompassing all aspects of facility operations, maintenance, construction, and administration. He was directly involved in the start-up on eight of the nine power plants at Coso. He obtained his formal training and education in the US Navy’s Nuclear Power Program after attending the University of Arizona.
He currently serves as President for the Boards of the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce and The Geothermal (a non-profit fund raising organization), and is a board member of the East Kern Air Pollution Control District Hearing Board, Indian Wells Valley Economic Development Corporation and The Ridgecrest Regional Hospital.
LOCATION: TAMARACK JUNCTION (NEW VENUE FOR THIS MEETING)
13101 S. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89511
Cocktail Reception 6:30 PM; Dinner Served at 7:00 PM
NPGS Members $20; Non-Members $23; Students $10
Thank you to our contributing sponsors for the dinner and cocktail reception: Premier Oilfield Service and Sinclair Well Products and Services.
RSVP is very important for an accurate count at this new venue.
Please RSVP with the following link by Tuesday, October 3:
If you find that you cannot attend, please email Vicki Ehni at email@example.com or call at 775-720-6387.
NPGS will be charged for no-shows. Thank you for your consideration.