As Nevada’s state geological survey, the creation of map services and datasets have been an important part of our modernization and organization. Many of these datasets are freely available, and in an effort to better disseminate these data, we have created an Open Data site for the public to search and download GIS data. This platform will eventually replace the existing Maps & Data page on the NBMG website. The NBMG Open Data site also contains links to web applications, publications, additional resources, and other GIS data freely available throughout the state (e.g., NDOM, NSL, NDEP, BLM, NDOW, County etc.—where available). NBMG GIS datasets can be searched for and downloaded within this new platform. Datasets can be downloaded as CSV files, KML, or ESRI shapefiles. We invite you to explore the NBMG Open Data site here: https://data-nbmg.opendata.arcgis.com/
We are working to make our datasets more easily accessible to the public, contractors, and companies alike in the attempt to further collaboration and scientific research. This Open Data site will help us distribute and share these freely available datasets. Please note that we are also working to catalog and expand our network of freely available datasets including geothermal data, DEMs, air photos and imagery, and geologic data (including fault and earthquake data). Please be patient as we work to grow and distribute these data. As we move forward, this Open Data site will always reflect the most current data we have at NBMG.
If you have questions regarding this new platform, please contact NBMG at email@example.com. We will also be presenting the Open Data site at the NBMG Advisory Board meeting on August 17, 2017.
The start of the new year marked the 20th anniversary of the devastating 1997 New Year’s floods of western Nevada, which caused over 450 million dollars in damage and closed downtown businesses in Reno for weeks. This event was caused by a phenomena known as the “Pineapple Express” (more generally known as an “atmospheric river”) in which several warm storms tapped into moisture plumes sourced near the Hawaiian Islands. These storms produced heavy rainfall in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, saturating the soil and melting existing snow pack resulting in flows around 18,000 cfs in the Truckee River. Footage from that event is shared below from the KTVN Channel 2 News Facebook page:
You can also see the 1997 flood extents for the Carson River, Reno area, and Walker River in NBMG’s MyHazards-Nevada interactive web map:
Click the “Floods and Drought” group (wave icon) then checkmark on the “Historical Floods – NBMG” layer to turn on the 1997 flood layers. Several sublayers available for each flood area, which can be viewed by clicking the gray triangle next to the layer names to expand the layers.
Given that western Nevada has a flood watch in effect for this weekend, it’s worth noting that there are other useful layers available in MyHazards-Nevada, such as live feeds for weather watches and advisories, radar, and current flooding, in addition to layers for other geologic hazards including a live feed for recent earthquakes.
For those interested in learning more about the 1997 New Year’s floods, NBMG Special Publication 23 is a detailed report on that event:
Links to other flood- and weather-related publications are available on this landing page.
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Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
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Open-File Report 15-3
Analytical data to accompany “Eocene Igneous Geology and Relation to Mineralization: Railroad District, Southern Carlin Trend, Nevada” in Geological Society of Nevada Symposium Proceedings, May 18-21, 2015
by Christopher D. Henry, Mac R. Jackson, David C. Mathewson, Steven R. Koehler, and Steve C. Moore
Open-File Report 15-3, CD-ROM, contains 8 pages of text (PDF) plus additional analytical data (Excel spreadsheets), $20.00
Get Your Wheels Spinning
Posted: 04 Dec 2014 06:00 AM PST
Summary: As part of the continued US Topo maps revision and improvement cycle, the USGS will be including mountain bike trails to upcoming quadrangles on a state-aligned basis.
The USGS will show mountain bike trails on newly revised US Topo maps.
As part of the continued US Topo maps revision and improvement cycle, the USGS will be including mountain bike trails to upcoming quadrangles on a state-aligned basis. The 2014 edition of US Topo maps covering Arizona will be the first maps to feature the trail data, followed by Nebraska, Missouri, Nevada, California, Louisiana, New Hampshire, Mississippi, Vermont, Wyoming, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Illinois, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Florida, Alaska (partial), and the Pacific Territories in 2015.
The mountain bike trail data is provided through a partnership with the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) and the MTB Project. During the past two years, the IMBA has been building a detailed national database of mountain bike trails with the aid and support of the MTB Project participants. This activity allows local IMBA chapters, IMBA members, and the public to provide trail data and descriptions through their website. MTB Project and IMBA then verify the quality of the trail data provided, ensure accuracy and confirm that the trail is legal. This unique “crowdsourcing” project has allowed availability of mountain bike trail data though mobile and web apps, and soon, revised US Topo maps.
“IMBA is stoked to have MTB Project data included on US Topo maps as well as other USGS mapping products,” added Leslie Kehmeier, IMBA’s Mapping Specialist. “It’s a really big deal for us and reflects the success of the partnership we’ve developed with the MTB Project team to develop a valuable and credible resource for mountain bike trails across the country.”
The partnership between the USGS and the MTB Project is considered a big move towards getting high quality trail data on The National Map and US Topo quadrangles. The collaboration also highlights private and public sectors working together to provide trails data and maps to the public.
“This is a significant step for USGS,” said Brian Fox of the USGS NGTOC. “National datasets of trails do not yet exist, and in many areas even local datasets do not exist. Finding, verifying, and consolidating data is expensive. Partnering with non-government organizations that collect trails data through crowdsourcing is a great solution. The USGS-IMBA agreement is the first example of such a partnership for US Topo map feature content and we’re looking forward to expanding the number of trails available as the MTB Project contributions grow.
US Topo maps can be downloaded using the Map Locator and Downloader.
To be a part of IMBA’s crowd sourcing effort and help get mountain bike trails onto US Topo maps, be sure to share trail data, descriptions, and ratings on http://www.mtbproject.com/.
The USGS structure and feature crowdsourcing effort, The National Map Corps, also features a link to the MTB Project
The MTB Project mobile app is available to help mountain bikers discover trails on the go:
The following message is forwarded from Drew Decker and Carol Ostergren at the U.S. Geological Survey.
From: smac list On Behalf Of Decker, Drew Sent: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 10:58 AM Subject: [SMAC] Pacific Region geospatial data announcements
Here are a few mapping-related announcements that you may be interested in:
- National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) releases Web HEM Tool. HEM stands for Hydrography Event Management and is a tool developed to help relate users’ data to the NHD network as events. Please see announcement on pages 4 and 5 in the latest NHD Newsletter here: http://nhd.usgs.gov/newsletters/News_13_6_April.pdf
- New urban imagery is now available for a number of California cities. The datasets are natural color and have a one foot resolution. The data cover the Fresno, Modesto, Oxnard, Stockton, and Sacramento urban areas. Data can be downloaded through the EarthExplorer site: earthexplorer.usgs.gov (all cities) and The National Map Viewer site: nationalmap.gov/viewer (all except Modesto).
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces completion of National Wetlands Database and Interactive Mapping Tool. See: http://www.fws.gov/news/ShowNews.cfm?ID=B8C3A940-E396-7509-F23601BB03228754
- For anyone wishing to track the status of CA NAIP collection currently in progress, look here: http://gis.apfo.usda.gov/naipstatus14/
- USTopo maps go into production for CA and NV in December, 2014. Please consider validating structure points (hospitals, post offices, schools, etc.) through our National Map Corps program. Watch for upcoming webinars. https://my.usgs.gov/confluence/display/nationalmapcorps/Home [Additional note: these new edition maps will include PLSS information.]
Geospatial Liaison for Pacific Region
U.S. Geological Survey
4165 Spruance Road, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92101
USNG 11S MS 8026 2158
The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology conducts cutting edge, societally relevant science that fosters economic development and public safety and involves training of the next generation of geoscientists. Major projects include earthquake hazard studies in the nation’s third most seismically active state, mineral and geothermal resource assessments, and regional tectonic studies of Nevada’s rapidly evolving landscape.
Learn how the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology serves the citizens of Nevada in this informative and beautiful video with audio (produced in cooperation with WebsEdge):