Nevada Today Story Features NBMG Research Team

Finding FaultsHow the Burgeoning Walker Lane May Split the American West
By Mike Wolterbeek, Nevada Today, February 18, 2020

Excerpts: “California won’t fall into the ocean, but it could get nudged hundreds of miles offshore, making Nevada the new coastline of the continent, scientists at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology at the University of Nevada, Reno hypothesize. They have combined decades of data and the latest technology to study the Walker Lane, an approximately 1000-kilometer-long (625 miles) corridor riddled with hundreds of earthquake faults.

Several researchers at the University are part of a group of scientists who are studying the massive system of relatively discontinuous faults that runs through western Nevada. It is known as the Walker Lane and in about 7-8 million years or so could become the new tectonic boundary between the North American and Pacific plates. The group at the University is relatively rare, as it includes expertise that analyzes fault zones at three different time scales from tens of millions of years (structural geology/tectonics) to the past approximately two million years (paleoseismology) to the present (geodesy). This combination of expertise is needed to understand the evolution of something potentially as grand as the Walker Lane.  In essence, the University team combines the most modern fieldwork techniques with the latest technologies such as satellites, LIDAR and computer simulations…”

“But it’s the combination of three science disciplines that illustrates the prominence of the Walker Lane – paleoseismology, geodesy and Faulds’ specialty of structural geology/tectonics. All three perspectives are crucial in analyzing something like the Walker Lane, because they provide three different timeframes with which to evaluate the evolution of the Walker Lane – from what’s happening now, to the past million years or so, and to the long-term (back-tracking tens of millions of years). We have all three disciplines in the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno…”

Read the complete version of this interesting story/presentation!

The NBMG research team described in this story includes Jim Faulds, Rich Koehler, Jayne Bormann, Bill Hammond, Corné Kreemer, Geoffrey Blewitt, Seth Dee, Chris Henry, and students Colin Chupik and Conni De Masi.

Job Opening at NBMG! Cartographic/Graphics Technician III

Job Description: The Nevada Bureau of Mines & Geology at the University of Nevada, Reno is seeking applications for a Cartographic/Graphics Technician III. This position does not offer layoff rights and is contingent upon funding. The position will be responsible for providing services and expertise in the areas of graphic design, publications, cartography, and web design, as well, as ensuring high-quality digital production and design of publications and other products, including books, reports, maps, figures, photos, posters, and other materials. Additional duties include assisting with maintenance and accessibility compliance of the Bureau’s web content, coordinating printing of new publications and reprints, management of individual projects and requests, and occasional outreach activities.

Apply today!

Contact Information:
Jennifer Vlcan / / 775-682-8759

Posting Close Time: This posting will close at 12:00 am on the date listed below. The posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 pm the day prior.

Posting Close Date: 03/6/2020

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a person’s age, disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, or religion.

Job Announcement from NDOM: Administrator, Nevada Division of Minerals, Carson City

Unclassified Job Announcement, February 10, 2020


THE NEVADA DIVISION OF MINERALS:  The Nevada Division of Minerals, a part of the Commission on Mineral Resources, is responsible for permitting oil, gas, geothermal and dissolved mineral exploration wells and compliance to permits for operation of these wells, the public safety abandoned mine lands (AML) program, collecting and disseminating information on exploration, mineral production and other related topics, and providing educational resources to K-12, civic and trade organizations on the importance of mineral production to the State. The Division has offices in Carson City and Las Vegas.  The Commission on Mineral Resources appoints the Administrator of the Division.  The Commission on Mineral Resources is a seven member public body appointed by the Governor.

THE POSITION: The successful applicant will serve as the chief administrative officer of the Division of Minerals with responsibility for the programs of the Division. The Administrator serves as secretary to the Commission on Mineral Resources and coordinates the quarterly meetings of the Commission. The Commission is an executive branch non-cabinet agency and the Administrator reports monthly to a member of the Governor’s cabinet. Other duties include preparing a biennial budget, fiscal and human resource management, providing testimony to the Legislature on mineral-related matters, acting as a liaison between other State and Federal agencies, serving as the Governor’s official representative to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and serving as a statutory member of the State Environmental Commission.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Must be a graduate of an accredited college or university and have substantial experience as an administrator or at least 5 years’ experience in the exploration for or the production or conservation of minerals.  The preferred candidate will have a B.S or higher degree in the geosciences or engineering with Nevada mineral industry experience relevant to the responsibilities of the position.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:  Up to $118,153 annually on the employee/employer paid retirement option.  A retirement plan paid entirely by the employer is available at a reduced salary of $103,078. The position receives state retirement and health insurance benefits. Information regarding retirement plan options and retirement benefits is available at

APPLICATION PROCESS:   Interested candidates are requested to submit a cover letter and detailed resume that includes a description of employment history to include name and addresses of employers, scope of responsibility and three professional references electronically to:

Sherrie Nuckolls, Administrative Assistant IV/HR Coordinator Nevada Division of Minerals 775-684-7043

In the subject line please reference:   Last name/Administrator

All materials must be received by the close of business on March 6, 2020.  All submitted information will become public if the candidate becomes a finalist for the position. Finalists will be interviewed by the Commission on Mineral Resources at a date to be determined. The person selected as the new Administrator will assume responsibilities on April 2, 2020, or at a mutually agreeable date. A pre-employment drug test is a condition on employment.  Overnight in-state and out-of-state travel are required. Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action

The State of Nevada is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion or belief, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, domestic partnership, genetic information (GINA), or compensation and/or wages.


Earth Science Week Trip Guide

combinationTitle: Lode and Behold! Geology and Natural Resources of the Truckee Meadows and Virginia City (Guide for the Earth Science Week Field Trip, October 12, 2019)
Authors: Mike Ressel, Rachel Micander, Jack Hursh, Steve Russell, and Matthew Sophy
Year: 2019
Series: Educational Series 65
Format: 25 pages, color
View/download/purchase the 2019 Earth Science Week field trip guide!

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.

Major stops on this field trip included the following:

  • Ormat geothermal plant in south Reno
  • Chollar Mine (open pit mine site) in Virginia City

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.

Mining Claim Procedures Revision

Title:Mining Claim Procedures for Nevada Prospectors and Miners (Sixth Edition, Revised December 2019)
Authors: Keith G. Papke and David A. Davis; sixth edition revisions by Christopher Ross, Ralston Pedersen, Rachel Micander, and Nathan Robison; illustrations by Larry Jacox and Jan Walker, with updates by Paula Robison and Rachel Micander
Year: 2019
Series: Special Publication 6
Version: sixth edition, revised December 2019 (see updated content below)
Format: 73 pages
View/download/purchase the handbook.

A guide for the prospector, providing information on locating lode and placer claims, locating a mill site, tunnel rights, patenting, amending and assessment work on mining claims; list of county recorders; and appendices of laws, notices certificates, and affidavits for the miner. The first edition of Special Publication 6 was published in 1982 and was based mainly on the 1971 Nevada State Mining Laws with a 1983 update sheet reflecting changes made by the 1983 Nevada State Legislature. The second edition, published in 1986, was based mainly on the 1985 Nevada State Mining Laws. The third edition reflected changes made by the 1987 Nevada State Legislature.

This version includes updated text throughout the report, modernized figures, and other revisions as a result of changes from past Legislative Sessions. Also new in this revision are procedures for staking claims across county and state lines.

Evolving the Geodetic Infrastructure to Meet New Scientific Needs

Geoff Blewitt (Research Professor, Nevada Geodetic Lab, NBMG) is a co-author of a new report published by the The National Academies Press titled Evolving the Geodetic Infrastructure to Meet New Scientific Needs.

Free downloads and purchases of the report can be found through the National Academy Press. 

Press Release and Report Highlights.

Description: “Satellite remote sensing is the primary tool for measuring global changes in the land, ocean, biosphere, and atmosphere. Over the past three decades, active remote sensing technologies have enabled increasingly precise measurements of Earth processes, allowing new science questions to be asked and answered. As this measurement precision increases, so does the need for a precise geodetic infrastructure.

Evolving the Geodetic Infrastructure to Meet New Scientific Needs summarizes progress in maintaining and improving the geodetic infrastructure and identifies improvements to meet new science needs that were laid out in the 2018 report. Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space. Focusing on sea-level change, the terrestrial water cycle, geological hazards, weather and climate, and ecosystems, this study examines the specific aspects of the geodetic infrastructure that need to be maintained or improved to help answer the science questions being considered.

The study — undertaken by the Committee on Evolving the Geodetic Infrastructure to Meet New Scientific Needs — was sponsored by NASA and the National Academy of Sciences Arthur L. Day Fund.”

  • David T. Sandwell, Chair, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Srinivas Bettadpur, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Geoffrey Blewitt, University of Nevada, Reno
  • John J. Braun, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
  • Anny Cazenave, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales
  • Nancy Glenn, Boise State University and University of New South Wales
  • Kristine Larson, University of Colorado, Boulder, emeritus
  • Steven Nerem, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Michelle Sneed, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Isabella Velicogna, University of California, Irvine

Evolving the Geodetic Infrastructure to Meet New Scientific NeedsWebinar
Friday, February 21, 2020
Presented by Dr. David T. Sandwell, Committee Chair
Friday, February 21, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, EST

Webinar registration.

The Nevada Mineral Industry 2018 – Now Available Online

Authors: John L. Muntean, David A. Davis, and Bridget Ayling
Year: 2019
Series: Mineral Industry MI-2018
Format: 222 pages, includes color, plastic comb-bound report
View/download the report.

Paper copies will be available for purchase soon.

Starting in 1979, NBMG has issued annual reports that describe the mineral (precious and base metals and industrial minerals including aggregate), oil and gas, and geothermal activities and accomplishments.

This report describes those accomplishments in Nevada for 2018, which includes production, reserve, and resource statistics; exploration and development—including drilling for petroleum and geothermal resources, discoveries of orebodies, new mines opened, and expansion and other activities of existing mines; and a directory of mines and mills.

Preparation for this publication was supported by the Nevada Division of Minerals.

Previous editions are also available for purchase.