Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society Monthly Dinner Meeting—Thursday November 2, 2017

Geothermal Systems and Mineral Deposits: Similarities, Differences, and Significance
SPEAKER: Dr. Dave Boden, Professor of Geoscience at Truckee Meadows Community College
BIO: Dave Boden is currently Professor of Geoscience at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada. Since 2007, he has taught a course on the geology of geothermal resources as part of the college’s degree programs in renewable energy (geothermal emphasis) and natural resources. He also teaches a course on the geology of geothermal energy at UNR as part of its graduate degree program in sustainable resources. Although perhaps still a newcomer (some say interloper) to the geothermal industry, Dave nonetheless wrote a book entitled The Geologic Fundamentals of Geothermal Energy, which also draws upon both his teaching and prior 20 years looking for and studying base and precious metal deposits in the fossil analogs of today’s geothermal systems. Dave considers the book, although published, still a work in progress, due to the complexities and multifaceted nature of geothermal systems, and welcomes any comments for improvement. Dave has earned degrees in geology and geological engineering from UC Davis, Colorado School of Mines, and Stanford University. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the Geothermal Resources Council, where he chairs its Education Committee. When not teaching (or speaking), Dave enjoys hiking and skiing to backcountry hot springs with family and friends.

Location: Tamarack Junction
13101 South Virginia Street
Reno, NV  89511
Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM Pacific
Check-in and Cocktails at 6:30 PM
Dinner Served at 7:00 PM

NPGS Member – Prepay US $25.00
NPGS Member – Pay at Door US $28.00
Non-Member – Prepay US $30.00
Non-Member – Pay at Door US $33.00
Student – US $ 15.00

Please RSVP for the dinner by Tuesday, Oct 31 with the following link:

This is a new registration process with new contact information and an option to prepay your dinner. Please read the new registration page carefully.

Cancellation Policy
If you wish to cancel your registration, please contact Jake Zachry ( or Tom Gallagher ( so we may have an accurate headcount for food and accommodations. At this time, NPGS is unable to offer refunds for prepaid registration. However, we are happy to provide a credit for future meetings.

This month’s cocktail host is San Joaquin Bit. Thank you Merritt Hayslett and Jason Mundorf for your support of NPGS!

Photo Contest Winners for 2018 Calendar

We would also like to thank all of the people who contributed photos and the contest winners this year. You helped make the calendar extra special!

Here are this year’s contest winners:

First-place winner: Fred Harmeyer
Wheeler Peak, October main photo

Second-place winner: Piyush Bakane
Wheeler Peak, October second small photo from the top of Wheeler Peak

Third-place winner: Eric Cachinero
Nevada Geology page, Basin and Range heading, Toiyabe Range, Nye County

Fourth-place winner: Albemarle U.S. Inc.
Evaporation pond for lithium harvest, Clayton Valley, Esmeralda County, August main photo

You can view these photo thumbnails here:

Nevada Geology Calendar 2018—Now Available!

We thank Jack Hursh, Jennifer Vlcan, Nick Hinz, and Chris Henry for designing another beautiful calendar this year!

This 12-month calendar (January through December 2018) is full of beautiful photos highlighting Nevada’s scenic wonders and features a different geologic topic each month: Flash Floods, Snow Covered, Black Canyon, Aurora Crater, Star Peak, Toquima Range, Playas, Lithium, Gray Creek Volcanic Center, Wheeler Peak, Dutchman Pass, and Monte Neva Hot Springs—plus interesting facts about Nevada and the geology of the state.

Click here to view/order the calendar:

Free campus delivery: For those on the University of Nevada, Reno campus who would like free delivery, you may select “Pick up” on the shopping cart so you will not be charged for shipping and then under “instructions” type “UNR campus mail delivery.” Please be sure to give us your campus mail stop and department name.

Quantity discount: If you buy 10 or more calendars per order, you will receive a 20% discount.

Nevada Peaks Named for Outstanding Nevadans

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,P3_TITLE:2778528,Morrison%20Peak

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.,P3_TITLE:2778527,McLane%20Peak

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

DGSE Seminar—October 16: Greg Stock—Yosemite National Park Geologist

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).

Earth Science Week—October 8–14: Governor’s Proclamation


Governor Sandoval has proclaimed this week as Earth Science Week in Nevada:

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;