Deal of the Day—July 17 through 20, Teacher Appreciation Week

Celebrate “Teacher Appreciation Week” at NBMG!

Plan your Fall trips now and save one-third off the regular price of four NBMG guidebooks:

Reno area:

Las Vegas area:

Hwy 50:

Hwy 93:

Earth Science Week—October 8–14: Governor’s Proclamation


Governor Sandoval has proclaimed this week as Earth Science Week in Nevada:

geology and the other Earth sciences are fundamental to the safety, health, and welfare of Nevadans; and

WHEREAS, the Earth sciences are integral to finding, developing, and conserving mineral, energy, and water resources needed for Nevada’s continuing prosperity; and

WHEREAS, the Earth sciences provide the basis for preparing for, and mitigating, natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods, landslides, expansive soils, and subsidence experienced from time to time in Nevada; and

WHEREAS, the Earth sciences are crucial to environmental and ecological issues ranging from water and air quality to waste disposal; and

WHEREAS, knowledge of geological resources, hazards, and environment are vital to land management and land use decisions made in Nevada; and

WHEREAS, the Earth sciences contribute directly to our understanding and appreciation of, and our respect for nature; and

WHEREAS, the Earth sciences are an integral part of education for students all across the Silver State;


Nevada Active Mines and Energy Producers


Authors: John L. Muntean and David A. Davis
Year: 2017
Series: Educational Series 60
Version: supersedes Educational Series 49 and 54
Format: 11 x 17 inches, color
Scale: 1 inch = 4 miles
View/download here:

Site locations and information on this map were obtained from a variety of published and non-published sources with the last updates made in January 2017. All sites shown on this map have had some form of production activity during 2016.

This map was prepared in cooperation with the Nevada Division of Minerals.

NBMG Earth Science Week Field Trip—Sunday October 16


NBMG Earth Science Week Field Trip 2016:
A River Runs Through It—
Geology Along the Truckee River Valley from Reno to Pyramid Lake

We hope you can join us as we explore the area along the Truckee River east of Reno and in the Virginia Mountains south of Pyramid Lake!

Click here for Field Trip flyer (top photo by Corina Forson):

Click here for the Field Trip guidebook:

Major stops on the field trip will include the following:

  • A “young” one-million-year-old lava that flowed into the Truckee River Canyon
  • Paleo–Lake Lahontan sediments from glacial times
  • Several major earthquake faults
  • Tufa mounds
  • Fossil locality with 15-million-year-old leaf imprints (Happy National Fossil Day, yesterday October 12!)

You must sign up online prior to the trip and sign a waiver form. Please print out a paper copy, sign and date, and submit prior to the field trip or bring to the field trip starting point.

NBMG coordinates annual geology field trips for the public during 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.

NBMG Third Annual Open House—Saturday October 15 (9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)


Discover Nevada Geology with Experts from NBMG

You are invited to join experts at NBMG’s Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library for a day of lectures, displays, tours, and activities!

Click here for Open House flyer:

The Open House is hosted by the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) at the Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library (GBSSRL) at 2175 Raggio Parkway in Reno.  It is an opportunity for the general public to discover Nevada geology and learn more about our dynamic landscapes and unique geology.

Nevada is richly endowed with natural resources and has more gold and geothermal resources than any other state, but our evolving landscapes also make Nevada prone to natural hazards, including earthquakes, floods, and landslides. The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology is the state’s geological survey and charged with assessing our mineral, geothermal, and oil-gas resources while also analyzing natural hazards to mitigate their effects.  The GBSSRL houses vast collections of reports and rock and mineral specimens on Nevada’s geology, resources, and geologic hazards.

We welcome the public to our third annual open house on October 15 to learn more about our unique environment.

ESW Proclamation by the Governor


10:30 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
Controversies Surrounding the Origin of the World’s Two Largest Gold Belts:
The Witwatersrand of South Africa and the Carlin Trend of Nevada

by Dr. John Muntean, NBMG Research Geologist and Director of the Ralph J. Roberts Center for Research in Economic Geology

11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
Geothermal Energy: So Hot Right Now

by Dr. Bridget Ayling, NBMG Research Geologist and Director of the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy

1:30 p.m. to 2:20 p.m.
Unravelling the Earthquake History along the Most Exciting Road in America:
Quaternary Faults and Paleoearthquakes in Central Nevada

by Dr. Rich Koehler, NBMG Research Geologist

2:30 p.m. to 3:20 p.m.
Earth‘s Flex and Flow in Nevada

by Dr. Bill Hammond, NBMG Research Geodesist


Learn to gold pan
Tour the sample library
Find faults on air photos
Pick up a free radon test kit
Adopt a pet rock
Play geology games—and win prizes
Bring a rock for free identification
Find hazards near your home, work, or school
View maps and equipment on display
Buy publications on special sale
Meet scientists
Enjoy refreshments


Susan Howe, Program Director of the Nevada Radon Education Program, will be at the Open House and will be distributing free radon testing kits and information on radon.

  • Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from the decay of uranium found naturally in rocks, soil and water.
  • Radon can enter homes and accumulate to dangerous levels, raising the risk of lung cancer in their home.
  • In Nevada, 25 percent of tested homes have elevated radon concentrations in excess of the Environmental Protection Agency action level.
  • The Nevada Radon Education Program will be offering free radon test kits to attendees.

Nevada Radon Education Program:


There is still time for your children and neighbors (ages 9 to 14) to enter the Radon Poster Contest!

The deadline is October 31, 2016, but students can bring their poster entries with them to the Open House on Saturday to submit to Susan Howe.

For more information, please read details in these links below.

2017 Nevada Radon Poster Contest:

This contest is sponsored by the Nevada Radon Education Program and the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health.


Volunteers from GPAA will be at the Open House to offer free lessons in gold panning.[]


The following items will be 20% off only for Open House visitors on October 15:

Nevada Geology Calendar 2017:

NBMG guidebooks:

Lake Tahoe 3-D poster (50% off this item only):

The discount is available while supplies last and is not available for online or phone orders.

Outdoor Nevada on PBS—Jim Faulds on Geothermal Activity, March 23, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.


The Outdoor Nevada episode airing on March 23, 2016 on the Las Vegas PBS station will feature geothermal activity in Nevada, with segments on both the geology and biology of these systems.

NBMG Director and State Geologist Dr. Jim Faulds will team with UNLV microbiologist Dr. Brian Hedlund[] for this presentation.

You can watch this episode Wednesday March 23 at 7:30 p.m. on Vegas PBS Channel 10. In the next couple of months, the show will air on KNPB for northern Nevada as well.

The link will be available on their website the day the show broadcasts. We will also send that link in our next email.

Outdoor Nevada website:[]

“Hosted by highly regarded television host and actor John Burke, Outdoor Nevada will delve into the Silver State’s natural history and present-day happenings as experts discuss awe-inspiring discoveries in one of the planet’s most unique and often extreme environments.”

Past episodes of Outdoor Nevada:[][]

Nevada Geology Calendar 2016—now available!


The new Nevada Geology Calendar 2016 is now available!

Jack Hursh, Jennifer Vlcan, Chris Henry, and Nick Hinz have created another beautiful calendar this year—with help from the many great photographers across the state who submitted photos for the calendar.

This 12-month calendar (January 2016 through December 2016) features a different geologic topic each month: Lamoille Canyon, Esmeralda Badlands, Spheroidal Weathering, Flash Floods, Caves, Nightingale Mountains, Hot Springs and Geothermal Energy, Lunar Crater Volcanic Field, Pyroclastic-Fall Tuffs, Tule Springs Fossil Beds, Carson Range Faults, Spring Valley State Park, and Geocaching and EarthCaching.

Preview or purchase additional calendars here:

The regular price is $10, but quantity discounts are available if you buy 10 or more.