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.”

AEG Great Basin Field Trip 2019—Saturday, October 5

“The AEG Great Basin Chapter is sponsoring a field trip conducted by Dr. John Louie. A field trip guide will be provided at the time of departure and a digital copy will be provided at a later time for all attendees, interested organizations and individuals.”

https://www.aegweb.org/group/GB

Trip highlights:

  • Soda Lake Maar: Soda Lake fills a phreatic (steam) explosion crater caused by a magma injection into the water table. A blast megatons in size created the nearly mile-wide crater west of Fallon.
  • Project Shoal Nuclear Test Site: A 12-kiloton nuclear device detonated in 1963 east of Fallon created a 50-meter-wide cavity in solid granite. Within months the cavity had collapsed to within 250 m of the surface. Has it collapsed any more?
  • Dixie Valley Fault, 1954 Rupture: The magnitude-7 earthquake ripped along more than 60 km of the Stillwater Rangefront. The unusually wide graben along with many other data sets suggest a low-angle, pure normal-fault rupture.”

Details and photos here:
https://gallery.mailchimp.com/e3fe5826ea2196948cdbbc1a2/files/299108d2-cdf7-45b3-b1cd-39f0b9834023/Field_Trip_photos_and_descriptions.pdf

Field trip fees collected at registration:
Members & Non-Members: $25.00
Students: $15.00
Printed Field Guide: $5.00
Cancellations: 5 days prior to departure

A limited number of seats may be available on UNR Mackay School of Earth Science and Engineering vehicles.  All terrain, privately owned vehicles with sufficient clearance, are requested in order to accommodate additional participants.

Sponsor: Diane Phillips Ferree and Wayne Ferree (snacks and beverages)

For trip details and registration, please contact Chris Betts: Chris@axionengineering.net

NPGS Field Trip Guidebook in Memory of Jim Trexler— Preorders for Limited Reprint—end December 5

Unraveling Tectonic History through Sedimentation and Structural Geology: A Trip in Memory of Jim Trexler

Daniel M. Sturmer, Field Trip Organizer and General Chair; Daniel M. Sturmer and Patricia H. Cashman, Guidebook Editors; Patricia H. Cashman, William Ehni, Don E. French, Erica L. Key, Timothy F. Lawton, Gwen M. Linde, Scott McDonald, Daniel M. Sturmer, and Jerome P. Walker, Stop Leaders and Guidebook Contributors

Series: Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society (NPGS) 2018 Field Trip Guidebook, NPS27
Version: Second Edition, December 2018
Format: 115 pages, color, coil-bound booklet
Details: http://pubs.nbmg.unr.edu/Unraveling-tectonic-history-p/nps27.htm

“The work that we have documented on this trip highlights just a portion of the indelible legacy that James H. Trexler, Jr. had on our understanding of the tectonic evolution of western North America. His work and ideas will no doubt continue to guide and influence future thought on Late Paleozoic tectonics in Nevada.

Jim Trexler was heavily involved in the Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society for much of the history of the society. Over the past 30+ years Jim and his colleagues contributed greatly to our understanding of tectonics and sedimentation in Nevada, and his loss is deeply felt by us and our community. This trip highlights some of Jim’s work on the Late Paleozoic tectonic story in northern and central Nevada. This work is continuing to evolve, with Jim’s legacy to guide and inspire us.” [by Daniel Sturmer]

Paper copies are $25, and a digital version for $10 will be available in about a week. We will email that link when it is ready.

There will only be a limited number of paper copies reprinted.

If you want to reserve a copy, you will need to prepay by December 5 by 4:00 PM (PST) here.

We will email you when your copy is ready to pick up (if you select that option), or you can select a shipping option and the guidebook will be shipped to you when available (in approximately one week).

If you will be attending the NPGS Holiday Meeting on Friday, December 14, then prepaid copies will be there for you to pick up, if requested. When you place your order by December 5, type in the instruction box “Deliver to NPGS December meeting.”

Here are the details and the link to sign up for the NPGS December meeting: December NPGS Meeting

Scavenger Hunt in Carson City – plan your own trip!

Scavenger Hunt for Rocks Used to Build the Stewart Indian School

Authors: Jonathan G. Price, Elisabeth M. Price, and Dennis P. Bryan
Year: 2018
Series: Educational Series 62
Format: 6 pages, color
Free Download/view/purchase: http://pubs.nbmg.unr.edu/Scavenger-hunt-for-rocks-p/e062.htm

Plan your own trip! Explore a unique part of the cultural and geologic history of Carson City on this scavenger hunt at the Stewart Indian School.

The Stewart Indian School, which is located at 5500 Snyder Avenue in Carson City (south of town), was listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a Historic District in 1985. The site (approximately 110 acres) is managed by the State of Nevada.

The Stewart Indian School operated from 1890 to 1980. When Superintendent Frederic Snyder arrived in 1919, the wooden buildings were deteriorating. Under Snyder’s leadership and with the guidance of Hopi and Italian stonemasons, students learned the vocation of masonry and built over 60 buildings at the school, mostly from 1922 to 1942, using multi-colored rocks that were collected locally. Snyder also added landscaping with trees, flowers, and trellises. Stewart is one of few intact historical American Indian boarding-school campuses in existence in the United States.

The history behind this scavenger hunt fits perfectly with the 2018 Earth Science Week theme of “Earth as Inspiration.” The Hopi and Italian stonemasons created architectural masterpieces inspired by the beauty of the rocks quarried from local sites.

You can also visit other examples of Hopi masonry work in the Carson City area—such as the historic Wungnema House completed in 1948 and now managed by The Foundation for Carson City Parks and Recreation. This link above shows members of the Wungnema family cutting rock in nearby Brunswick Canyon which you can locate on NBMG Map 59.

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.

Unraveling Tectonic History through Sedimentation and Structural Geology

A Trip in Memory of Jim Trexler
September 7th – 9th, 2018

A message from NPGS: We are pleased to announce Unraveling Tectonic History through Sedimentation and Structural Geology: A Trip in Memory of Jim Trexler September 7th – 9th, 2018. Because there is a limited capacity for this event, we recommend advanced registration. With 20 confirmed registrations so far, spots are filling up fast.

Click here for more information or to register online and reserve your seat (scroll to bottom of page).
https://s07.123signup.com/event/details/hnjvb?mid=5044465
Registration deadline is August 24 (extended from August 17).

The event details are as follows:
Organization:  Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society (NPGS)
Event Name:  Unraveling Tectonic History through Sedimentation and Structural Geology: A Trip in Memory of Jim Trexler
Date(s):  [Sep 7 2018, 07:00 AM] – [Sep 9 2018, 10:00 PM]
Location:  Reno/Elko

Overview:  A 3-day field trip through Nevada focusing on sites studied by Jim Trexler. Stop leaders include Jim’s wife, Pat Cashman, along with Jim’s colleagues and friends, Dan Sturmer, Erica Key, Gwen Linde, Don French, Bill Ehni, Jerry Walker and Tim Lawton.

Nevada Petroleum and Geothermal Society is dedicating its 2018 field trip to the memory of our friend and colleague, Jim Trexler. The 2018 field trip, titled Unraveling Tectonic History through Sedimentation and Structural Geology: A Trip in Memory of Jim Trexler, will focus on sites in Nevada that were significant to Jim and his work. The trip span 3 days and 2 nights. Please see the detailed itinerary for more information and a detailed list of stops.

Additionally, NPGS is seeking help with the field trip in the following areas:

Guide Book Contributions – NPGS would like to include stories and remembrances of Jim in the guidebook and anyone who has something to share is encourage to contact the Field Trip Chair, Dan Sturmer, for more information.

For further information, contact:
Dan Sturmer – Field Trip Chair
Phone: (775) 745-2909
Email: Daniel.Sturmer@uc.edu