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;


Wild Nevada to Feature McLane Peak—October 12  


“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.

COS Discover Science Lecture Series—October 12: Scott E. Page—The Diversity Bonus

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.

Archives Month in Nevada—October 2017

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;


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: (text and interactive) (interactive map)