Shake Out—Don’t Freak Out! October 18, 2018

A message from the Great Nevada ShakeOut: “International ShakeOut Day is October 18, but you can also take action right now to prepare to survive and recover! Start with the Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety, share the drill manuals and other guides on the ShakeOut Resources page, and participate in the ShakeOut conversation on social media with #ShakeOut. We’re all in this together – what we do now determines how well we bounce back from the next significant earthquake!”


Louise Sattler of explains the importance of ShakeOut, in sign language, open captioning, and voice!

ShakeOut Information in Sign Language, by Signing Families with Louise Sattler

Learn More About Earthquakes

The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, IRIS, has a great collection of resources communicating and educating about earthquake science. Visit to navigate to animations, videos, lesson plans, and more!


Latest News from the Nevada Geodetic Laboratory

[June 18, 2018] New paper published on the August 24, 2014 M6.0 South Napa Earthquake

“A new paper published by Nevada Geodetic Laboratory Graduate Student Meredith Kraner uses data from high‐precision continuous GPS stations to observe a 3 mm horizontal expansion of the Earth’s crust prior to and in the vicinity of the August 2014 M6.0 South Napa earthquake. The study is a collaboration with William Holt from Stony Brook University, and Adrian Borsa from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. The analysis looks at eight years of continuous GPS data leading up to the earthquake and finds that this pattern of horizontal crustal extension repeats every summer. The effect releases pressure on faults in the West Napa fault system, making them more likely to slip during the summer months. We speculate that large seasonal variability in the amount of groundwater in the Sonoma and Napa Valley subbasins may contribute to the observed changes.

Read more in the paper, which has been published in the Journal of Geophysical Research, Solid Earth and is available online here:

Also see features from the AGU, AP news, KCBS radio, and Live Science.” (from NGL website)

NBMG Rock Star—Thank You to John Churchill

Reno geologist John Churchill recently surprised us with bags and buckets of beautiful minerals to be used in our rock kits:

Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness, John! Your donation is greatly appreciated and will certainly enhance our rock kits.

Northern Nevada Teacher Workshop—July 17 and 18


A message from the Nevada Mining Association website: “The 34th annual Northern Nevada Mineral Education Workshop is right around the corner! This year’s event will take place July 17-18 at Reno’s Wooster High School. The NvMA and the Nevada Division of Minerals co-host the workshop, which allows Nevada K-12 teachers to receive a continuing education credit with no cost to attend. Participating educators spend each day learning about Nevada minerals and geology from area experts and touring area mine operations and museums.

Join us July 17-18 for the 2018 Northern Nevada Mineral Workshop. We are offering two fun-filled days of rocks, minerals, and mining. This workshop will be our 34th Annual in Northern Nevada.

The workshop is provided FREE to teachers, everything is provided by the Nevada Mining Association members and Nevada Division of Minerals.

The goal of the workshop is to educate K-12 Nevada teachers about earth sciences, the importance of mined materials and the role that mining plays in our lives. Classroom materials and lessons will be provided to all who attend. All lessons are Nevada standards-based and fit the new STEM standards.

  • Receive and share information to increase knowledge of the earth sciences.
  • Analyze information to develop lesson plans appropriate to all grade levels.
  • Understand the importance of mining and the minerals industry today.
  • Teachers can receive continuing education credit for attending.

We are excited to unveil a new workshop format for this Workshop. This new format will provide two mornings of classroom sessions and two afternoons of mine tours.

Day 1: Teachers will select two classroom sessions for the morning to learn about rocks and minerals. In the afternoon we will go out and visit active mining operations.

Day 2: Teachers will select two classroom sessions for the morning. Come into the main hall for some group presentations followed by prize drawings for a microscope and a real gold splatter! We will then depart in the afternoon to tour the mine you missed on the first day.

All food, beverages, snacks, safety equipment and travel arrangements for the tours are provided by us! So, come join us and see how much mineral education rocks!” (from NvMA website)

The following geologists will be teaching the classes: Rachel Micander, Jon Price, and DD LaPointe (from NBMG); Rob Ghiglieri, Lucia Patterson, and Courtney Brailo (from Nevada Division of Minerals); and Maureen Leshendok, Terry Jennings, Patti, Sam, Maria, Joe, Ginger, and Beth.

Watch for the Southern Nevada Mineral Workshop in Las Vegas in March!

Job Announcements from BLM

A message from BLM: We are pleased to announce new, exciting positions 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:  Supervisory Information Technology Specialist (Security);
Announcement Number:  NOC Merit-2018-0082;
Location(s) of position:  Location Negotiable After Selection, US;
Salary:  (USD) $121,280 – (USD) $157,663; Applications will be accepted until:  06/21/2018.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.

Job Description:  Archaeologist;
Announcement Number:  NV Merit-2018-0242;
Location(s) of position:  Las Vegas, NV, US;
Salary:  (USD) $61,812 – (USD) $80,358;
Applications will be accepted until:  06/13/2018.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.

Job Description:  Archaeologist;
Announcement Number:  UT-DEU-2018-0026;
Location(s) of position:  West Valley City, UT, US;
Salary:  (USD) $50,598 – (USD) $79,586;
Applications will be accepted until:  05/31/2018.
For additional information on this job posting, please click here.

Free BLM Workshop on Public Mining Claims—June 28—RSVP by June 8

A message from BLM: “The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Nevada, will be holding a free workshop to provide guidance and tips on public mining claims, June 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the third floor of the Nugget Casino Resort, 1100 Nugget Ave., Sparks, NV. There is no cost to attend the workshop.

The workshop will cover topics including locating, mapping and filing claims, land status, transfers of interest, waivers and annual maintenance fees, bonding and surface disturbance.

“There is a lot of information regarding mining claims and having BLM staff on hand to answer questions at workshops like this is a way for the BLM to improve customer service,” said Lacy Trapp, acting Branch Chief for BLM Nevada’s Solid Mineral Resource division.

Space is limited for the workshop and those interested should RSVP by June 8. To RSVP or for more information contact Tina Chafin at or call 775-861-6636.”

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