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:
http://pubs.nbmg.unr.edu/NV-exploration-survey-2018-p/es2018.htm

Exploration survey 2017/2018 flyer:
http://nbmg.unr.edu/_docs/es2018flyer.pdf

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.

Northern Nevada Teacher Workshop—July 17 and 18

 

A message from the Nevada Mining Association website: “The 34th annual Northern Nevada Mineral Education Workshop is right around the corner! This year’s event will take place July 17-18 at Reno’s Wooster High School. The NvMA and the Nevada Division of Minerals co-host the workshop, which allows Nevada K-12 teachers to receive a continuing education credit with no cost to attend. Participating educators spend each day learning about Nevada minerals and geology from area experts and touring area mine operations and museums.

Join us July 17-18 for the 2018 Northern Nevada Mineral Workshop. We are offering two fun-filled days of rocks, minerals, and mining. This workshop will be our 34th Annual in Northern Nevada.

The workshop is provided FREE to teachers, everything is provided by the Nevada Mining Association members and Nevada Division of Minerals.

The goal of the workshop is to educate K-12 Nevada teachers about earth sciences, the importance of mined materials and the role that mining plays in our lives. Classroom materials and lessons will be provided to all who attend. All lessons are Nevada standards-based and fit the new STEM standards.

  • Receive and share information to increase knowledge of the earth sciences.
  • Analyze information to develop lesson plans appropriate to all grade levels.
  • Understand the importance of mining and the minerals industry today.
  • Teachers can receive continuing education credit for attending.

We are excited to unveil a new workshop format for this Workshop. This new format will provide two mornings of classroom sessions and two afternoons of mine tours.

Day 1: Teachers will select two classroom sessions for the morning to learn about rocks and minerals. In the afternoon we will go out and visit active mining operations.

Day 2: Teachers will select two classroom sessions for the morning. Come into the main hall for some group presentations followed by prize drawings for a microscope and a real gold splatter! We will then depart in the afternoon to tour the mine you missed on the first day.

All food, beverages, snacks, safety equipment and travel arrangements for the tours are provided by us! So, come join us and see how much mineral education rocks!” (from NvMA website)

The following geologists will be teaching the classes: Rachel Micander, Jon Price, and DD LaPointe (from NBMG); Rob Ghiglieri, Lucia Patterson, and Courtney Brailo (from Nevada Division of Minerals); and Maureen Leshendok, Terry Jennings, Patti, Sam, Maria, Joe, Ginger, and Beth.

Watch for the Southern Nevada Mineral Workshop in Las Vegas in March!

Nevada Mineral and Energy Resource Exploration Survey 2015/2016

Authors: Michael W. Ressel and David A. Davis
Year: 2017
Series: Exploration Survey ES-2016
Version: previously issued as “Nevada Exploration Survey” by Nevada Division of Minerals; second issue of the new NBMG series
Format: 16 pages, color
Download/purchase here.

The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) carried out an online survey of companies exploring for new metal, industrial mineral, and geothermal resources in Nevada. The Nevada Commission on Mineral Resources and the Nevada Division of Minerals commissioned and provided partial support for the survey. The impact of mineral and energy production from existing resources on the Nevada economy is well known. However, the impact of exploration activities, which focus on discovering new resources, 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 data on company expenditures in Nevada and the number of employees involved in exploration in 2015 and 2016. Expenditures were subdivided by various categories and participants were asked to rate the relative importance of external factors on their exploration programs. The survey requested participation from 296 companies presumed to explore for mineral and geothermal resources in the state. Of these, responses from 86 companies were obtained, another 23 responded that they no longer explored in Nevada, and 54 non-responding companies were researched using public domain sources for their 2015 and 2016 Nevada expenditures.

The results verify that Nevada exploration activities were substantially curtailed as a result of the continued global decline in commodity prices since peak activity during 2011–2012, when the last survey was undertaken. Major findings are included in this publication.

Pershing County Bulletin—Now Available Digitally

Geology and Mineral Deposits of Pershing County, Nevada
Author: Maureen G. Johnson
Year: 1977
Series: Bulletin 89

Format: digital files only; includes PDF of the following: 121 pages, 11 x 8.5 inches, 19 b/w drawings, 5 b/w photos, 19 tables, 5 plates: plate 1, 1:250,000, geologic map, 24 x 48 inches, full color; plate 2A, 1:250,000, mineral resources, 25 x 30 inches, 4 color; plate 2B, index to mining districts, 27 x 25 inches, b/w; plate 3, stratigraphic section, 23 x 20 inches, b/w; plate 4, 1:48,000, geologic map, Antelope district, 12 x 23 inches, 2 color. Geospatial PDF of plate 1 is also included.

Pay and Download:
https://pubs.nbmg.unr.edu/SOFT-Geol-Pershing-Co-p/b089y.htm

The paper version is also still available:
https://pubs.nbmg.unr.edu/Geol-mineral-Pershing-Co-p/b089.htm

The location, stratigraphy, structural history, mining districts, and geothermal resources; references and index. Prepared cooperatively by the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Nevada Mineral Industry 2014—just released!

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Title: The Nevada Mineral Industry 2014
Authors: John L. Muntean, David A. Davis, and Lisa Shevenell
Year: 2016
Series: Mineral Industry MI-2014
Format: 171 pages, includes color

Starting in 1979, NBMG has issued annual reports that describe mineral and geothermal activities and accomplishments in Nevada, and include statistics of known gold and silver deposits.

This report describes mineral, oil and gas, and geothermal activities and accomplishments in Nevada in 2014: production 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. Statistics of known gold and silver deposits, and directories of mines and mills are included.

Free download:
http://pubs.nbmg.unr.edu/The-NV-mineral-industry-2014-p/mi2014.htm

Click here for previous editions.