Major Mines of Nevada 2016 — Now available

Major mines of Nevada 2016: Mineral industries in Nevada’s economy|
Authors: Rich Perry and Mike Visher (Nevada Division of Minerals)
Year: 2017
Series: Pamphlet (Major Mines) P-28
Version: first edition
Format: 28 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches

This is the twenty-eighth of an annual series of summary reports on major mines of Nevada. Sand and gravel operations are not included. Information on employment and production for the calendar year 2016 was provided by the individual mine operators. The Nevada Division of Minerals maintains a complete register of Nevada mines. For further information, contact them at 400 W. King, Suite 106, Carson City, Nevada 89703 or call (775) 684-7040, fax (775) 684-7052, or visit their website at .

Map locations of all major mines are shown and an overview of mineral production and its effect on Nevada’s economy is presented.

Nevada Mineral and Energy Resource Exploration Survey 2015/2016

Authors: Michael W. Ressel and David A. Davis
Year: 2017
Series: Exploration Survey ES-2016
Version: previously issued as “Nevada Exploration Survey” by Nevada Division of Minerals; second issue of the new NBMG series
Format: 16 pages, color
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The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) carried out an online survey of companies exploring for new metal, industrial mineral, and geothermal resources in Nevada. The Nevada Commission on Mineral Resources and the Nevada Division of Minerals commissioned and provided partial support for the survey. The impact of mineral and energy production from existing resources on the Nevada economy is well known. However, the impact of exploration activities, which focus on discovering new resources, is poorly understood due to limited data. Exploration activities are burdened with high risk as substantial investments are not guaranteed to result in mineable resources. Indeed, only rarely do exploration programs result in successful resource extraction, and then only after many years of capital investment and development activities. Despite this, exploration success is imperative for the continued well-being and sustainability of natural resource industries in Nevada.

A goal of this survey was to gather data to better assess the impact of exploration on Nevada’s economy. The survey’s focus was to collect data on company expenditures in Nevada and the number of employees involved in exploration in 2015 and 2016. Expenditures were subdivided by various categories and participants were asked to rate the relative importance of external factors on their exploration programs. The survey requested participation from 296 companies presumed to explore for mineral and geothermal resources in the state. Of these, responses from 86 companies were obtained, another 23 responded that they no longer explored in Nevada, and 54 non-responding companies were researched using public domain sources for their 2015 and 2016 Nevada expenditures.

The results verify that Nevada exploration activities were substantially curtailed as a result of the continued global decline in commodity prices since peak activity during 2011–2012, when the last survey was undertaken. Major findings are included in this publication.

2016 Nevada Geology Calendar—coming soon

Coming soon! You can look forward to another great Nevada Geology Calendar this year. This calendar is designed by Jack Hursh, Jennifer Vlcan, Chris Henry, and Nick Hinz and will be available this Fall 2015. More details will be coming very soon.

This 12-month calendar for 2016 will feature a different geologic topic each month. It is full of beautiful photos highlighting Nevada’s scenic wonders and also includes interesting facts about Nevada geology