Radon Poster Contest—ends October 31

Radon Poster Contest an Opportunity for Nevada Youth Who Wish to Win Big
9/18/2018 | By Nadia Noel
Education Coordinator, Nevada Radon Education Program

“Do you know a youth, ages 9 to 14, who could create a poster to increase awareness on radon? Are you a youth in that age range who would like to win between $45 to $75 and fun promotional items? If you are a part of either group, this blog post is a surprise just for you.

The 2019 Nevada Radon Poster Contest is an opportunity for students to get creative and teach their peers and adults about what radon is, where it comes from, how it gets into homes, how it can cause lung cancer or the importance of testing one’s house for the gas. This contest is offered by the Nevada Radon Education Program (NREP) and is sponsored by University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health to increase the public’s awareness of the radioactive gas.”

“NREP must receive all submissions at the Washoe County Cooperative Extension Office by 5 p.m. on Oct. 31.”

Read entire story here: https://www.unr.edu/nevada-today/blogs/2018/radon-poster-contest

Resources on Radon
http://www.unce.unr.edu/programs/sites/radon/
https://data-nbmg.opendata.arcgis.com/pages/geohazards
http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/Geohazards/Radon.html

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USDA Forest Service Seeks Public Comment on Improving Management of Mineral, Oil, and Gas Resources  

A message from the USFS: Today, the Forest Service published advance notices of proposed rulemaking to revise our oil and gas resources and locatable minerals regulations to ensure the Agency and stakeholders have an efficient process to support local economies and protect and conserve valuable environmental resources. Public comment on the advance notices will help the Agency develop specific proposals for updating the regulations. Once the proposed regulations are published, there will be another opportunity to comment.

The link to the Forest Service news release below. Please note that these are two separate notices and respond to the correct one, or both, as appropriate.

The due date for comments is October 15, 2018.

https://www.fs.fed.us/news/releases/usda-forest-service-seeks-public-comment-improving-management-mineral-oil-and-gas

A message from Mike Visher, Nevada Division of Minerals: This is just the initial step in their proposed rule-making but comments provided on these advance notices will help steer specific proposals intended to streamline the review and permitting process for exploration and mineral development on Forest Service lands and mirror many of the requirements and processes already in place under the BLM, including a new notice of intent level for projects proposing 5 acres or less of surface resource disturbance on Forest Service lands.

UNR Geoscience Seminars

2018 Fall Seminars
Tentative Fall schedule:
https://www.unr.edu/geology/geoscience-seminars

All Regular Monday Seminars are in DMS 105.

October 1–Jingen Dai (UCSB) Two Stages of Rifting in the Eastern Tethyan Himalaya during Mesozoic

AEG Monthly Dinner Meeting—Thursday, October 18

AEG Great Basin Chapter – Monthly Meeting
October 18, 2018
https://www.aegweb.org/group/GB
Signup link and location details coming soon!
Speaker: Rich Koehler, NBMG
Topic: Active Faulting in the North Valleys Region of Reno, Nevada: A Distributed Zone within the Northern Walker Lane

Abstract: At the latitude of Reno, Nevada, USA, ~15-25% of the Pacific/North American plate boundary strain is accommodated east of the Sierra Nevada through a combination of normal oblique (dextral) slip along the eastern Sierra Nevada range front and dextral slip along faults in the northern Walker Lane. The North Valleys region sits within the northern Walker Lane directly east of the Sierra range front and is characterized by a series of small north-striking basins bound by Quaternary active faults that accommodate dextral oblique extension.  Geodetic studies of the North Valleys estimate that the faults collectively accommodate 0.9-1.7 mm/y of extension and <0.3 mm/y of dextral slip; however, few Quaternary geologic/paleoseismic studies have been conducted.

Here I summarize geologic observations on the tectonic geomorphic expression and relative activity of faults within and bounding the North Valleys based on interpretation of lidar-derived hillshade images and field reconnaissance.  The results indicate that the faults all exhibit evidence of active late Quaternary deformation, including offset alluvial fan deposits and abrupt range-front escarpments and are characterized by extension rates on the order of hundredths to tenths of millimeters per year.  Cumulative geologic extension rate estimates across the North Valleys are slightly less than rates measured geodetically.  On-going mapping, paleoseismic trenching and numerical dating of displaced surfaces are being conducted to refine the style and amount of deformation with the goal of better understanding the role of the North Valleys in transferring dextral oblique extension from the Sierra Nevada range front to faults along the northeastern Walker Lane.

AEG Meeting Schedule—Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
October 18, 2018 – Rich Koehler, “Active Faulting in the North Valleys Region of Reno, Nevada”
November 8, 2018 – Gary Luce, “Burning Man Black Rock Playa Investigation”
December 13, 2018 – Meet & Greet Holiday Party & Fund Raiser
January 10, 2019 – Shawn Gooch, “Permitting Metals Mining in Nevada”
February 7, 2019 – Jahns Lecturer, Debbie Green, AEG Dinner Presentation
February 8, 2019 – Jahns Lecturer, Debbie Green, “Tale of Two Waste Sites” lecture on the UNR campus
March 14, 2019 – Wendy Calvin, “Core Spectral Imaging”
April 18, 2019 – Student Night

AEG Great Basin Chapter Chairperson:
Merrily Graham
mkgraham75@gmail.com

NGL Publishes New Paper in Eos—released September 24

Harnessing the GPS Data Explosion for Interdisciplinary Science
By Geoffrey Blewitt, William C. Hammond, and Corné Kreemer, Nevada Geodetic Laboratory, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, University of Nevada, Reno

More GPS stations, faster data delivery, and better data processing provide an abundance of information benefiting many kinds of Earth science. At NGL we make our data products for over 17,000 stations available online, including metadata, lists of stations, plots of position coordinates, tables of data holdings, and descriptions of new items relating to the products. The service and philosophy, known as Plug and Play GPS , has been documented in a new paper published today in Eos.

NGL is committed to continuing to provide this long-running service to the scientific community, and we encourage researchers to explore these data sets and apply their creative skills to scientific investigations that have yet to be conceived.

Henceforth we request that citation of the data processing and products presented on our website should be: Blewitt, G., W. C. Hammond, and C. Kreemer (2018), Harnessing the GPS data explosion for interdisciplinary science, Eos, 99, https://doi.org/10.1029/2018EO104623.

Here is the direct link to the article: https://eos.org/project-updates/harnessing-the-gps-data-explosion-for-interdisciplinary-science

NPGS Monthly Dinner Meeting—Thursday, October 4

Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society (NPGS)
Monthly Dinner Meeting
Thursday, October 4
Speaker: Jim Faulds
Topic: Geothermal Journeys through New Zealand and Nevada: Similarities and Differences in Geothermal Activity between Magmatic and Non-Magmatic Rifts


A message from NPGS: Please join us on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at the Tamarack Junction for cocktails, dinner and lecture by Jim Faulds on “Geothermal Journeys through New Zealand and Nevada: Similarities and Differences in Geothermal Activity between Magmatic and Non-Magmatic Rifts.”

Bio: Jim Faulds is the Nevada State Geologist, Director of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG), and Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). NBMG is a research and public service unit of UNR and is the state geological survey of Nevada. Faulds is a structural geologist with 30+ years of experience. He has been with UNR and NBMG since 1997, first as Professor and then serving as NBMG Director since 2012. He earned his B.S. at the University of Montana, M.S. at the University of Arizona, and Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico. He has studied crustal deformation in many parts of the world, including much of the western U.S., western Turkey, and New Zealand. His research has focused on how fault systems initiate and evolve through time. In recent years, he has been analyzing the structural controls and exploration strategies of geothermal systems in the western U.S., Turkey, New Zealand, and elsewhere. He recently returned from sabbatical in New Zealand, where he worked with GNS Science and the University of Canterbury. At Canterbury, he held an Erskine Teaching Fellowship. He has published over 100 papers and dozens of geologic maps on extensional and strike-slip tectonics, as well as the structural controls on geothermal activity. He has also taught courses in structural geology, tectonics, geothermal exploration, and field geology, while serving as advisor for more than 25 graduate students.

Abstract: The Taupo Volcanic Zone (TVZ) in New Zealand and Great Basin region, USA, represent two premier geothermal provinces on Earth. Both reside in extensional to transtensional settings. The TVZ occupies a dynamic intra-arc rift setting with relatively high rates of extension and voluminous volcanism. The Great Basin region is part of the Basin and Range province and characterized by relatively modest rates of extension and sparse volcanism. Recent magmatism provides heat for many geothermal systems in the TVZ and generates temperatures locally in excess of 300ºC. In contrast, the Great Basin is characterized by non-magmatic geothermal systems with temperatures generally less than 225ºC.

In the Great Basin, nearly 90% of geothermal systems are controlled by four major structural settings: 1) normal fault step-overs or relay ramps; 2) terminations of major normal faults; 3) fault intersections; and 4) accommodation zones. Notably, ~39% of known geothermal systems are blind with no surface hot springs or fumaroles, with estimates suggesting that 75% of geothermal resources are blind. Many blind systems are hidden in basins and obscured by young sediments. Play fairway analysis, whereby multiple geologic and geophysical parameters are combined to identify highly prospective area, holds significant promise of identifying new geothermal systems and reducing the risks of geothermal exploration in this region. This methodology recently resulted in discovery of at least one new blind system.

In the TVZ, similar structural settings (normal fault step-overs, fault tips, and accommodation zones) have been documented for many geothermal fields. Such settings may generally be less impactful, however, in areas of recent magmatism. Structural settings are obscured for some robust systems (e.g. Rotokawa and Wai-O-Tapu) by young volcanic deposits. Active magmatism also produces a suite of additional favorable settings, including dike tips and intersections between normal faults and caldera margins. Blind systems may be relatively common in the TVZ, with impermeable clay caps and thick permeable volcanic deposits at depth precluding venting of some systems. Preliminary maps of favorable structural settings serve as a proxy for potential blind systems in the TVZ. Play fairway analysis, incorporating multiple geologic and geophysical parameters, may ultimately facilitate discovery of new geothermal systems in the TVZ.

Date: Thursday, Oct 4, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Cocktails at 6:30 pm, hosted by Geo Drilling Fluids
Dinner is served at 7:00 pm
Location: Tamarack Junction
13101 South Virginia Street
Reno, NV  89511

Cocktail Host: This month’s cocktail hour is sponsored by Don Boulet of Geo Drilling Fluids. Thank you Don and Geo Drilling Fluids for your continued support of NPGS!

Pricing – Registration (Sep 20, 2018 – Oct 3, 2018)
Registrant Type and Price
NPGS Member – Prepay, $25.00
NPGS Member – Pay at Door, $28.00
Non-Member – Prepay, $30.00
Non-Member – Pay at Door, $33.00
Student – $15.00

Register for Meeting:
https://s07.123signup.com/event/details/hpkfp?mid=5044465

Cancellation Policy: If you wish to cancel your registration, please contact Karen Loomis (karenloomis1@gmail.com) or Tom Gallagher (tomg@nevadawatersolutions.com) 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.

Discover Science Lecture Series—Thursday, September 20 Jim Bell, Professor, Earth and Space Exploration

Discover Science Lecture Series
https://www.unr.edu/dsls
Jim Bell, September 20
Professor, Space Exploration

The Ultimate Interplanetary Travel Guide: A Futuristic Journey through the Cosmos

“Do you dream of traveling to other worlds? Well then, why not? Come with noted astronomer, planetary scientist, and interplanetary travel guide Professor Jim Bell on a tour of what the solar system has to offer as of 2018. Hiking, sightseeing, photography, musical performances, fine dining, extreme sports, even Citizen Science research opportunities abound across our solar system, from Mercury through the gas giants and moons of the outer planets, and even beyond. How should you dress? What should you bring? What kinds of adventures can you expect? Let’s find out!

Jim Bell is a Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, and President of The Planetary Society, the world’s largest public space advocacy organization. Jim’s research group primarily focuses on the geology, geochemistry, and mineralogy of planets, moons, asteroids, and comets using data obtained from telescopes as well as spacecraft missions to these worlds. Jim has a main belt asteroid named after him (8146 Jimbell) and has received the Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society, for excellence in public communication in planetary sciences.” (from https://www.unr.edu/dsls )

Space explorer Jim Bell will take you on a planetary vacation:
Discover Science Lecture Series brings solar system tour guide and astronomer to talk with community

Nevada Today, 9/5/2018, by Mike Wolterbeek

Read story here: https://www.unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2018/jim-bell-discover-science-lecture

Attending the Discover Science Lecture Series
Free and open to the public
Lectures start at 7 pm
Davidson Math and Science Center, Room 110
Free parking is available in the lot located at the southeast corner of 9th Street and Record Street.