NBMG 2021 Nevada Geology Calendar Contest: Now Accepting Entries!

If you take this TMCC class and want to share your beautiful images of geologic landscapes with others, you can submit some of your photos to the NBMG 2021 Nevada Geology Calendar contest! Here are the details:

Deadline for entries is May 31, 2020.

  • 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.
  • You may enter as many photos as you wish.
  • Email 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.

TMCC Class on Photographing Geologic Landscapes—Saturday, October 5: Mark Vollmer – Picturesque Geology

Create compelling photographs of world-class geologic landscapes. Visit an earthquake fault as well as other geologic formations and discover how to capture their striking patterns. During this photographic, geologic adventure that combines a lecture and field shoot, gain the skills you need to take your pictures to the next level.

Learn how to best use:
Polarizing and graduated density filters
Shutter speeds

Find out how these settings and tools allow you to optimize your depth of field and isolate elements to create an artistic image you are proud of.

Taught by Mark Vollmer, a geologist and award-winning photographer who has studied under Galen Rowell and Frans Lanting. His coffee table book, The Tahoe Rim Trail: Exploring the Jewel, broke sales records in area bookstores.

Picturesque  Geology Sat., Oct. 5
Lecture: 9 a.m. to noon, TMCC Meadowood Center
Field Shoot: 2 to 6 p.m., outside of Reno

Sign up here: https://truckee.augusoft.net/index.cfm?method=ClassInfo.ClassInformation&int_class_id=26752&int_category_id=1&int_sub_category_id=161&int_catalog_id=0

NPGS Monthly Meeting—Thursday, October 3

Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society Monthly Dinner Meeting
Title: The Increasing Value of Geothermal in the West, Get Your Pickaxes Ready
Speaker: Paul Thomsen, Ormat Technologies
Abstract: I will discuss the economic benefits and value of geothermal compared to other renewable resources using actual market data, as well as forecasts for the coming 10-20 years. I will briefly explain how geothermal accrues greater economic benefits than solar PV in the California ISO (CAISO) wholesale energy market and in meeting resource adequacy (RA) requirements. For these reasons and others, significant quantities (GW) of new geothermal are being selected through capacity expansion modeling in California’s integrated resource planning (IRP) proceedings. This will require accelerated geothermal expansion across the Western U.S.

Bio: Paul Thomsen is the Vice President of Business Development for Ormat Technologies. Upon assuming this role in November 2018, he has taken responsibility for expanding Ormat’s existing portfolio of geothermal, solar, and recovered energy generation projects.

Thomsen brings expertise in both the public and private energy sector, previously serving as Commissioner and Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, Director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy, and Director of Policy and Business Development for Ormat. He also worked for the law firm of Lionel Sawyer and Collins and United States Senators Harry Reid and Richard Bryan. He has advocated for meaningful energy policy as President of the Board of Directors of the Geothermal Energy Association and Chairman of the United States Clean Heat and Power Association.

Thomsen earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Sign-up or more information here:

Date: Thursday, Oct 3, 2019
Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Pacific Time
Location: Tamarack Junction
13101 South Virginia Street
Reno, NV  89511

Cocktails, wine and beer will be served starting at 6:30 PM, and dinner is served at 7:15 PM. The bar will be jointly sponsored by Krummrich Engineering, and McGinley & Associates

NBMG Earth Science Week Public Field Trip—Saturday, October 12

Sign-up Now Available!

Lode and Behold! Geology and Natural Resources of the Truckee Meadows and Virginia City

You are invited to join us on Saturday, October 12 as geoscientists from Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology explain the geology of the Truckee Meadows and Virginia City areas—in celebration of Earth Science Week 2019 and the importance of earth sciences to the people of the state of Nevada.

Here is the sign-up page:

Our field trip title is “Lode and Behold! Geology and Natural Resources of the Truckee Meadows and Virginia City.”

Major stops on this field trip will include the following:
·         Ormat geothermal plant in south Reno
·         Chollar Mine in Virginia City

Trip leaders will be Mike ResselRachel Micander, and Jack Hursh.

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. See information on previous ESW field trips at this site:


“Since October 1998, the American Geosciences Institute has organized this national and international event to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. This year’s Earth Science Week will be held from October 13–19, 2019 and will celebrate the theme “Geoscience Is for Everyone.” The coming year’s event will emphasize both the inclusive potential and the importance of the geosciences in the lives of all people.” (ESW website)

Please stay tuned…more details will follow!

Job Announcement from BLM

A 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:  Engineering Technician (Civil);
Announcement Number:  UT-DEU-2019-0032;
Location(s) of position:  Cedar City, UT, US;
Salary:  (USD) $42,053 – (USD) $66,868;
Applications will be accepted until:  09/23/2019.
For additional information on this job posting, please go to: https://jobs.monstergovt.com/blm/vacancy/viewVacancyDetail!execute.hms?orgId=3&jnum=124206

New Research Published by NBMG Faculty

Footwall rotation in a regional detachment fault system: Evidence for horizontal‐axis rotational flow in the Miocene Searchlight pluton, NV
By Andrew V. Zuza, Wenrong Cao, Nicholas H. Hinz, Joel W. DesOrmeau, Margaret L. Odlum, and Daniel F. Stockli
Tectonics, Volume 38, Issue 7, July 2019, pages 2506-2539
First published: 08 July 2019

Hydrothermal circulation cools continental crust under exhumation
By Wenrong Cao, Cin-Ty A. Lee, Jiaming Yang, and Andrew V. Zuza
Earth and Planetary Science Letters,Volume 515, 1 June 2019, Pages 248-259

Oxygen isotopic investigation of silicic magmatism in the Stillwater caldera complex, Nevada: Generation of large-volume, low-δ18O rhyolitic tuffs and assessment of their regional context in the Great Basin of the western United States
By Kathryn E. Watts; David A. John; Joseph P. Colgan; Christopher D. Henry; Ilya N. Bindeman; and John W. Valley
GSA Bulletin (2019) 131 (7-8): 1133-1156
Research Article, February 14, 2019

Igneous rocks in the Fish Creek Mountains and environs, Battle Mountain area, north-central Nevada: A microcosm of Cenozoic igneous activity in the northern Great Basin, Basin and Range Province, USA
By Brian L. Cousens, Christopher D. Henry, Christopher Stevens, Susan Varve, David A. John, and Stacey Wetmore
Earth-Science Reviews, Volume 192, May 2019, Pages 403-444
Received 11 September 2018, Revised 6 March 2019, Accepted 14 March 2019, Available online 18 March 2019.

Science Talks around Town

If you are interested in attending local geo-talks in the Reno area, you can always check these websites for details about their upcoming meetings.

AEG (Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists)

The Great Basin chapter meets every third Thursday of the month at the Best Western Airport Plaza Hotel and includes a social hour at 5:50 pm followed by dinner at 6:30 pm; the presentation starts at 7:00 pm. Please note: Because of the October 5 field trip, there will not be monthly meetings in September and October 2019.

GSN (Geological Society of Nevada)

NPGS (Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society)

UNR COS Discover Science Lecture Series (College of Science)

UNR DGSE Geoscience Seminars Fall 2019 (Dept. of Geological Sciences & Engineering)