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

Major Mines of Nevada 2018

By Rich Perry and Mike Visher, Nevada Division of Minerals
Series: Pamphlet (Major Mines) P-30
Format: 28 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches

Paper copies will be available soon.

This is the thirtieth of an annual series of summary reports on major mines of Nevada. Sand and gravel operations are not included. Information on employment and production for the calendar year 2018 was provided by the individual mine operators. The Nevada Division of Minerals maintains a complete register of Nevada mines. For further information, contact them at 400 W. King, Suite 106, Carson City, Nevada 89703 or call (775) 684-7040, fax (775) 684-7052, or visit their website at

Map locations of all major mines are shown and an overview of mineral production and its effect on Nevada’s economy is presented.

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:

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:

“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!

Public Workshops

Nevada Division of Minerals Public WorkshopJune 13
For Proposed Revisions to Chapter 534AGeothermal Resources
See: Public Workshop(s) and Hearings(s)
Date:  June 13, 2019 (1:30 PM to 4:00 PM)
Location: Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology at Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library
2175 Raggio Pkwy, Reno, NV 89512

See “Meetings Page” for Additional Information

Northern Nevada Teacher WorkshopJune 18 and 19
35th Annual Northern Nevada Mineral Education Workshop
Hosted by Nevada Mining Association (NMA) & Nevada Division of Minerals (NDOM)
Location: Bethlehem Lutheran School, Carson City
Start: Tuesday, 18 Jun 2019 07:00
End: Wednesday, 19 Jun 2019 05:30

A message from NMA: “Join us June 18-19 for the 2019 Northern Nevada Mineral Workshop. We are offering two fun-filled days of rocks, minerals, and mining. This workshop will be our 35th Annual Workshop 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.”

Teachers for the workshop sessions are D.D. LaPointe, Rachel Micander, and Jon Price (from NBMG); Lucia Patterson, Courtney Brailo, Garrett Wake, and Rebecca Ely (from NDOM); and Terry Jennings, Patti McCelland, Sam Macaluso, Ginger Peppard, and Joe Riney.

More details or register here:

TMCC Community Education Classes—begin June 3

TMCC is offering some community classes with a focus on geology. You can check out the classes here:
Click on “Recreation and Wellness—Outdoors”

TMCC Workforce Development and Community Education, 5270 Neil Road #216, Reno, (775) 829-9010

Gold Prospecting Series
Save 10 dollars when you register for gold panning and gold sluicing at the same time.

Mother Lode Gold Panning
Find out why gold panning is one of the fastest growing outdoor recreational activities in the country. Take in the beauty of a Sierra river while you practice your gold panning skills. Must provide own transportation. Save $10 when you register for gold panning and gold sluicing at the same time. $10 materials fee

Gold Sluicing
Prerequisite: Mother Lode Gold Panning. Build on the experience you have gained from the gold panning class. Try out sluicing and other prospecting techniques. Learn how to use the river’s flow to find more gold. Must provide own transportation. Save $10 when you register for gold panning and gold sluicing at the same time.

Geology Exploration: Sierra Nevada
Discover how our majestic mountains were formed during this lecture and field trip course. Discuss area glaciation, earthquake faults and more. Then tour with a geologist to visit fascinating features in Genoa, the Walker River and Hope Valley. Enjoy collecting cool rocks and discussing area history.

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.