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.

Celebrate Earth Science Week! October 13-19, 2019

A big thank you goes to the Earth Science Week field trip leaders for the wonderful trip this past Saturday, October 12: Mike Ressel, Rachel Micander, Jack Hursh, Steve Russell, Matthew Sophy, and Outlaw Dave! We also want to thank all of the field trip participants for attending this trip! The final trip log will be posted as an Educational Series publication soon: “Lode and Behold! Geology and Natural Resources of the Truckee Meadows and Virginia City”

Here are other ways that you can celebrate Earth Science Week:
http://www.earthsciweek.org/
https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/celebrate-earth-science-week.htm

“Earth Science Week is happy to announce special days focusing on specific themes during the week-long celebration, October 13 – 19, 2019.

Sunday, October 13: International Earthcache Day. Explore the world with this GPS scavenger hunt!

Monday, October 14: Earth Science Literacy Day. Learn the fundamentals of geosciences with Earth Science: Big Idea, a video series developed to explain why Earth science literacy is important.

Tuesday, October 15: Earth Observation Day. Engage students and teachers in remote sensing as an exciting and powerful educational tool.

No Child Left Inside Day. NCLI Day encourages students to go outside and research Earth science in the field like a professional geoscientist.

Wednesday, October 16: National Fossil Day. The annually held National Fossil Day celebration is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of fossils.

Thursday, October 17: Geoscience for Everyone Day. Do your part to help young people from underrepresented communities explore exciting careers in the geosciences.

Friday, October 18: Geologic Map Day. Hosted by the U.S. Geological Survey, Association of American State Geologists, National Park Service, Geological Society of America, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in partnership with AGI, this special event promotes awareness of the study, uses, importance of geologic mapping for education, science, business, and a variety of public policy concerns.

Saturday, October 19: International Archaeology Day. Hosted by the Archaeological Institute of America, this special event is a celebration of archaeology and the thrill of discovery.”

NBMG Earth Science Week Public Field Trip: This Saturday, October 12

Lode and Behold! Geology and Natural Resources of the Truckee Meadows and Virginia City

You are invited to join us on Saturday, October 12 as 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.

Here is the sign-up page: http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/ScienceEducation/EarthScienceWeek/index.html

More details will be emailed to those who have signed up.

Major stops on this field trip will include the following:

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

Trip leaders will be Mike Ressel, Rachel Micander, and Jack Hursh.

Meeting location: 18250 Wedge Parkway in south Reno (off of the Mount Rose Highway). We will be meeting in the parking lot between the Starbucks and Raley’s at 8:00 AM. Look for the Nevada flag.

The trip will end and leave the Virginia City area about 3:30.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

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. See information on previous ESW field trips at this site:

http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/ScienceEducation/Geotripping.html “Since October 1998, the American Geosciences Institute has organized this national and international event to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. This year’s Earth Science Week will be held from October 13–19, 2019 and will celebrate the theme “Geoscience Is for Everyone.” The coming year’s event will emphasize both the inclusive potential and the importance of the geosciences in the lives of all people.” (ESW website)

NBMG Earth Science Week Public Field Trip—Saturday, October 12

Sign-up Now Available!

Lode and Behold! Geology and Natural Resources of the Truckee Meadows and Virginia City

You are invited to join us on Saturday, October 12 as 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.

Here is the sign-up page:
http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/ScienceEducation/EarthScienceWeek/index.html

Our field trip title is “Lode and Behold! Geology and Natural Resources of the Truckee Meadows and Virginia City.”

Major stops on this field trip will include the following:
·         Ormat geothermal plant in south Reno
·         Chollar Mine in Virginia City

Trip leaders will be Mike ResselRachel Micander, and Jack Hursh.

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. See information on previous ESW field trips at this site:

http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/ScienceEducation/Geotripping.html

“Since October 1998, the American Geosciences Institute has organized this national and international event to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. This year’s Earth Science Week will be held from October 13–19, 2019 and will celebrate the theme “Geoscience Is for Everyone.” The coming year’s event will emphasize both the inclusive potential and the importance of the geosciences in the lives of all people.” (ESW website)

Please stay tuned…more details will follow!

NBMG Earth Science Week Field Trip

Save the Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019

We hope you can join us on Saturday, October 12 as geoscientists from Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology lead a public field trip in celebration of National Earth Science Week. This year’s theme is “Geoscience Is for Everyone.”

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.

Details and signup for the October 12 trip will be coming soon!

New NBMG Publication – Sparkling or Still? A Tour of Geology from Soda Lakes to Stillwater Marsh, Nevada

Sparkling or Still? A Tour of Geology from Soda Lakes to Stillwater Marsh, Nevada
By Craig M. dePolo, Christopher D. Henry, Andrew V. Zuza, Rachel E. Micander, and James E. Faulds
Year: 2018
Series: Educational Series 63
Format: 25 pages, color
View/purchase: http://pubs.nbmg.unr.edu/Sparkling-or-still-p/e063.htm

Soda Lake Volcanic Maar
Soda Lake. Photo: Rachel Micander

Geoscientists from Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology explained the geology of the Fallon area in celebration of Earth Science Week 2018 and the importance of earth sciences to the people of the state of Nevada.

If you missed this interesting field trip, you can use this guide to explore the area on your own.

Major stops on this field trip will include the following:

  • Salt Wells geothermal power plant
  • Rainbow Mountain earthquake fault scarp
  • “Nevada Wonderstone” rockhounding locality
  • “Big Dig” flood mitigation project in Lahontan Valley
  • Rattlesnake Hill, a “young” (<1 million year old) volcanic cinder cone and lava flow complex overlooking Fallon
  • Soda Lake volcanoes (youngest in Nevada!)

NBMG Earth Science Week Field Trip 2018— Saturday, October 13—SIGN-UP NOW AVAILABLE!

Sparkling or Still? A Tour of the Geology from Soda Lakes to Stillwater Marsh, Nevada
Sign up here: http://www.nbmg.unr.edu/ScienceEducation/EarthScienceWeek/index.html

Governor Sandoval has proclaimed October 14-20, 2018 as Earth Science Week in Nevada, so we hope that you can join us on Saturday, October 13 as geoscientists from Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology explain the geology of the Fallon area in celebration of Earth Science Week 2018 and the importance of earth sciences to the people of the state of Nevada.

Trip leaders will be Craig M. dePolo, Christopher D. Henry, James E. Faulds, Andrew V. Zuza, and Rachel E. Micander.

Major stops on this field trip will include the following:

  • Salt Wells geothermal power plant
  • Rainbow Mountain earthquake fault scarp
  • “Nevada Wonderstone” rockhounding locality
  • “Big Dig” flood mitigation project in Lahontan Valley
  • Rattlesnake Hill, a “young” (<1 million year old) volcanic cinder cone and lava flow complex overlooking Fallon
  • Soda Lake volcanoes (the youngest in Nevada!)

Participants will meet at the Gold Building in Reno at 8:00 AM and leave by 8:30 AM. The last stop will be Soda Lakes about 4:45 and then return to Reno.

For participants coming from Fallon or Fernley: Please meet at the Fox Peak Gas Station at 9:15 AM, 0.5 miles east of Maine Street on Highway 50, at N. Sherman St. Someone from NBMG will be at the gas station to give a short introduction and hand out guidebooks. We will depart from the Fox Peak Gas Station at 9:30 AM.

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.

National Earth Science Week website: http://www.earthsciweek.org/

Earth Science Week is October 14-20, 2018.

Focus Days: http://www.earthsciweek.org/focus-days

Since October 1998, the American Geosciences Institute has organized this national and international event to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. This year’s Earth Science Week will be held from October 14-20, 2018 and will celebrate the theme “Earth as Inspiration.” The coming year’s event will emphasize artistic expression as a unique, powerful opportunity for geoscience education and understanding in the 21st century.