Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC)—March 1–4

Look for NBMG at Booth 7017N.

A message from the Nevada Mineral Exploration Coalition (NMEC): “The NMEC in partnership with the NDOM [Nevada Division of Minerals], NBMG [Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology], NvMA [Nevada Mining Association], GSN [Geological Society of Nevada] and the State Office of the BLM will once again have a large island display booth [7017N] in the North Hall of the Convention Center.

As part of our effort, we will have a series of brief presentations by Nevada explorers, suppliers and government agencies.”

“Welcome to the registration and housing website of PDAC 2020 annual convention. The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) 2020 annual convention will be held from 1-4 March, 2020 in Toronto, ON, Canada. The Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is the leading voice of the mineral exploration and development community. With over 7,500 members around the world, PDAC’s work centers on supporting a competitive, responsible mineral sector. PDAC is known worldwide for its annual PDAC Convention—the premier international event for the industry—that has attracted over 25,000 people from 135 countries. The mission of PDAC’s is to promote a globally-responsible, vibrant and sustainable mineral sector that encourages leading practices in technical, operational, environmental, safety and social performance.”

American Exploration & Mining Association Annual Meeting—December 1–6

Look for these booths at the AEMA convention:
654—Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
218—Center for Research Economic Geology (CREG)
119—Geological Society of Nevada
117—Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering
115—State of Nevada-Division of Minerals

New Exploration Survey 2017/2018 

Nevada Mineral and Energy Resource Exploration Survey 2017/2018
by Michael W. Ressel

Year: 2019
Series: Exploration Survey ES-2018
Version: previously issued as “Nevada Exploration Survey” by Nevada Division of Minerals; third issue of the new NBMG series “Exploration Survey”
Format: 20 pages, color
View/download/purchase full report:

Exploration survey 2017/2018 flyer:

The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) carried out an online survey of companies exploring for new mineral and geothermal resources in Nevada during 2017 and 2018. The Nevada Commission on Mineral Resources and the Nevada Division of Minerals commissioned and provided partial support for the survey. The economic impact of mineral and energy production in Nevada from existing resources is well known. Indeed, Nevada ranks first in the U.S. in the value of its nonfuel minerals produced in 2017. In spite of its high minerals production, the impact of exploration activities, which focus on discovering new resources in Nevada, 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 company data on exploration expenditures and the number of employees involved in exploration in 2017 and 2018. Expenditures were subdivided by various categories and participants were asked to rate the relative importance of external factors on their exploration programs. The survey includes data from 172 companies that actively explore for mineral and geothermal resources in the state. The dollars spent and personnel employed in exploration is a minimum, because records suggest as many as 315 companies actively explored in Nevada in recent years.

The results from this 2017–2018 survey show that Nevada’s exploration spending of $461 million in 2018 reflects a 31% increase from 2017 and a 42% increase from 2016 levels. Despite major increases in 2018, spending remained substantially lower than in the commodity boom year of 2011, when more than $674 million was spent on exploration. Results from the current survey are consistent with global exploration trends and reflect a modest increase in most commodity prices since 2016, when the last survey was undertaken. Major findings are included in this publication.

The Nevada Mineral Industry 2017

Authors: John L. Muntean, David A. Davis and Bridget Ayling
Year: 2018
Series: Mineral Industry MI-2017
Format: 212 pages, includes color, plastic comb-bound report


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 2017, 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.

AEMA Annual Meeting in Spokane—December 2–7, 2018
December 2-7, 2018
Spokane, WA

If you are attending the conference, we hope you will stop by one of these Nevada booths:

Here are some of the presentations from the State of Nevada:

SESSION TIMES: 2:00 – 5:30 COFFEE BREAK 3:35 – 4:20
Area of Interest – Mineral Deposits, Geology & Exploration
Chaired by: Rich Perry, Administrator, Nevada Division of Minerals, Carson City, NV

“Session Description: Want to hear about exploration and mining activities for the past year in Western States and Provinces? In this all-day session, Economic Geologists from Western US States and Canadian Provinces will report on the exploration and development activities in metals and industrials for the past year in their respective areas. These specialists will also provide their insight into new mineral commodities and areas which are experiencing activity, and opportunities and challenges.”

  • Nevada Mineral Exploration and Production Update, John Muntean, Director, Center for Research in Economic Geology; Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, University of Nevada Reno, Reno, NV
  • Results of a Study on Ore Tolling and Copper Concentrate Processing in Nevada, Richard Perry, Administrator, Nevada Division of Minerals, Carson City, NV

SESSION TIMES: 2:15 – 5:45 COFFEE BREAK 3:50 – 4:35

  • In Data we Trust: Enter Accurately, Process, Quickly and Present Clearly OR Transforming Mouse Clicks to Money: Lucia Patterson, GIS / Field Specialist – Geologist, Nevada Division of Minerals, Carson City, NV

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

Discover Science Lecture Series
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 )

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

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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.