Nevada Today Story Features NBMG Research Team

Finding FaultsHow the Burgeoning Walker Lane May Split the American West
By Mike Wolterbeek, Nevada Today, February 18, 2020

Excerpts: “California won’t fall into the ocean, but it could get nudged hundreds of miles offshore, making Nevada the new coastline of the continent, scientists at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology at the University of Nevada, Reno hypothesize. They have combined decades of data and the latest technology to study the Walker Lane, an approximately 1000-kilometer-long (625 miles) corridor riddled with hundreds of earthquake faults.

Several researchers at the University are part of a group of scientists who are studying the massive system of relatively discontinuous faults that runs through western Nevada. It is known as the Walker Lane and in about 7-8 million years or so could become the new tectonic boundary between the North American and Pacific plates. The group at the University is relatively rare, as it includes expertise that analyzes fault zones at three different time scales from tens of millions of years (structural geology/tectonics) to the past approximately two million years (paleoseismology) to the present (geodesy). This combination of expertise is needed to understand the evolution of something potentially as grand as the Walker Lane.  In essence, the University team combines the most modern fieldwork techniques with the latest technologies such as satellites, LIDAR and computer simulations…”

“But it’s the combination of three science disciplines that illustrates the prominence of the Walker Lane – paleoseismology, geodesy and Faulds’ specialty of structural geology/tectonics. All three perspectives are crucial in analyzing something like the Walker Lane, because they provide three different timeframes with which to evaluate the evolution of the Walker Lane – from what’s happening now, to the past million years or so, and to the long-term (back-tracking tens of millions of years). We have all three disciplines in the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno…”

Read the complete version of this interesting story/presentation!

The NBMG research team described in this story includes Jim Faulds, Rich Koehler, Jayne Bormann, Bill Hammond, Corné Kreemer, Geoffrey Blewitt, Seth Dee, Chris Henry, and students Colin Chupik and Conni De Masi.

Job Announcement from NDOM: Administrator, Nevada Division of Minerals, Carson City

Unclassified Job Announcement, February 10, 2020


THE NEVADA DIVISION OF MINERALS:  The Nevada Division of Minerals, a part of the Commission on Mineral Resources, is responsible for permitting oil, gas, geothermal and dissolved mineral exploration wells and compliance to permits for operation of these wells, the public safety abandoned mine lands (AML) program, collecting and disseminating information on exploration, mineral production and other related topics, and providing educational resources to K-12, civic and trade organizations on the importance of mineral production to the State. The Division has offices in Carson City and Las Vegas.  The Commission on Mineral Resources appoints the Administrator of the Division.  The Commission on Mineral Resources is a seven member public body appointed by the Governor.

THE POSITION: The successful applicant will serve as the chief administrative officer of the Division of Minerals with responsibility for the programs of the Division. The Administrator serves as secretary to the Commission on Mineral Resources and coordinates the quarterly meetings of the Commission. The Commission is an executive branch non-cabinet agency and the Administrator reports monthly to a member of the Governor’s cabinet. Other duties include preparing a biennial budget, fiscal and human resource management, providing testimony to the Legislature on mineral-related matters, acting as a liaison between other State and Federal agencies, serving as the Governor’s official representative to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission and serving as a statutory member of the State Environmental Commission.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  Must be a graduate of an accredited college or university and have substantial experience as an administrator or at least 5 years’ experience in the exploration for or the production or conservation of minerals.  The preferred candidate will have a B.S or higher degree in the geosciences or engineering with Nevada mineral industry experience relevant to the responsibilities of the position.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:  Up to $118,153 annually on the employee/employer paid retirement option.  A retirement plan paid entirely by the employer is available at a reduced salary of $103,078. The position receives state retirement and health insurance benefits. Information regarding retirement plan options and retirement benefits is available at

APPLICATION PROCESS:   Interested candidates are requested to submit a cover letter and detailed resume that includes a description of employment history to include name and addresses of employers, scope of responsibility and three professional references electronically to:

Sherrie Nuckolls, Administrative Assistant IV/HR Coordinator Nevada Division of Minerals 775-684-7043

In the subject line please reference:   Last name/Administrator

All materials must be received by the close of business on March 6, 2020.  All submitted information will become public if the candidate becomes a finalist for the position. Finalists will be interviewed by the Commission on Mineral Resources at a date to be determined. The person selected as the new Administrator will assume responsibilities on April 2, 2020, or at a mutually agreeable date. A pre-employment drug test is a condition on employment.  Overnight in-state and out-of-state travel are required. Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action

The State of Nevada is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion or belief, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, domestic partnership, genetic information (GINA), or compensation and/or wages.


The Nevada Mineral Industry 2018 – Now Available Online

Authors: John L. Muntean, David A. Davis, and Bridget Ayling
Year: 2019
Series: Mineral Industry MI-2018
Format: 222 pages, includes color, plastic comb-bound report
View/download the report.

Paper copies will be available for purchase soon.

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 2018, 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.

Previous editions are also available for purchase.

Geologic Map of the Granite Peak Quadrangle, Washoe County, Nevada

Author: Seth Dee
Year: 2019
Series: Open-File Report 2019-05
Version: supersedes Open-File Report 1987-08
Format: plate: 28 x 32.5 inches, color; text: 5 pages, color
Scale: 1:24,000

View, download, or purchase the Granite Peak Quadrangle map.

The Granite Peak 7.5-minute quadrangle is located immediately north of Reno, and abuts the Nevada-California state line in an area known as the ‘North Valleys’. The quadrangle includes the summits of Petersen Mountain and Granite Peak, and portions of Red Rock Valley and Cold Springs valley. The bedrock exposures in the quadrangle consist primarily of Cretaceous granitic rocks related to the Sierra Nevadan batholith. The granitic rocks include three distinct lithologies with relative ages constrained by clear crosscutting relationships. Miocene to Pliocene clastic and fluvio-lacustrine sediments are deposited in a shallow basin west of Freds Mountain in the easternmost part of the quadrangle. On the western flank of Petersen Mountain, west-dipping Oligocene ash-flow tuff deposits nonconformably overlie Cretaceous granite. Quaternary sediments largely consist of alluvial fans and several large landslide deposits (up to 2.7 sq. km.).

The quadrangle is bisected by the Petersen Mountain fault zone. The fault zone consists of two subparallel traces (western and eastern) that extend from Cold Springs valley in the south to Seven Lakes Mountain in the north. The western trace of the fault strikes generally north-south along the eastern range front of Petersen Mountain, dips steeply east, and locally displaces surficial deposits as young as Holocene. The eastern trace consists of several north-south striking strands that displace surficial deposits as young as late Pleistocene and locally forms a narrow graben infilled by faulted fanglomerate material. Fault surfaces on the eastern trace have subhorizontal slickenlines demonstrating a history of dextral-oblique motion. Long-term late Cenozoic normal displacement across the western trace is demonstrated by the high relief of the Petersen Mountain range front (>500 m) as well as the accumulation of Miocene-Pliocene sediments to the east that were likely deposited into a basin controlled by early displacement along the fault. This is in contrast to the eastern strand, which has been active since at least the middle Pleistocene but for much of its length does not bound basins with significant accumulations of late Cenozoic deposits. These map relationships suggest the Petersen Mountain fault zone initially developed as a Basin and Range extensional structure with displacement primarily along the western fault trace, and has evolved into a Walker Lane structure with dextral-oblique motion focused on the eastern trace.

This geologic map was funded by the USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program under STATEMAP award number G18AC00198, 2019.

Job Announcements from BLM

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A message from BLM: We are pleased to announce new, exciting positions available at BLM – BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT.   It is our hope that qualified, career oriented individuals at your organization or other professionals known to you will actively consider this position and apply accordingly.  Efforts on your part to disseminate this information are greatly appreciated.

Job Description:  Civil Engineer
Announcement Number:  NV-DEU-2020-0027;
Location(s) of position:  Reno, NV, US, Winnemucca, NV, US;
Salary:  (USD) $74,596 – (USD) $96,978;
Applications will be accepted until:  01/02/2020.
For additional information on this job posting, please visit the BLM vacancy page.

Job Description:  Civil Engineer
Announcement Number:  NV Merit-2020-0071;
Location(s) of position:  Reno, NV, US, Winnemucca, NV, US;
Salary:  (USD) $74,596 – (USD) $96,978;
Applications will be accepted until:  01/02/2020.
For additional information on this job posting, please visit the BLM vacancy page.  

Job Description:  Botanist
Announcement Number:  OR-DEU-2020-0024;
Location(s) of position:  Medford, OR, US;
Salary:  (USD) $51,440 – (USD) $66,868;
Applications will be accepted until:  12/23/2019.
For additional information on this job posting, please visit the BLM vacancy page. 

Nevada Geology Calendar 2020

Designed by Jack Hursh, Jennifer Vlcan, and Chris Henry
Series: Calendar CAL2020
Format: 13 x 9.5 inches, full color
Sneak preview and preorders here:

You can preorder now and calendars will be shipped as soon as they arrive (around mid-November). We will send an announcement when calendars are available for pickup at our office at GBSSRL.

This 12-month calendar (January through December 2020) is full of beautiful photos highlighting Nevada’s scenic wonders and features a different geologic topic each month: Clan Alpine Mountains, White River Country, East Humboldt Range, Strata, Fissure Ridge, Little High Rock Canyon, Ragged Top, Nevada’s Largest Earthquake, Geothermal Energy, Clayton Valley Dunes, Walker Lane, and Mormon Well Road. The calendar also includes interesting facts about Nevada and the geology of the state.

Free campus delivery: For those on the University of Nevada, Reno campus who would like free delivery, you may select “Pick up” on the shopping cart so you will not be charged for shipping and then under “instructions” type “UNR campus mail delivery.” Please be sure to give us your campus mail stop and department name.

Calendar photo contest for 2021: If you have amazing photos of Nevada geology that you would like to share with others in the 2021 Nevada Geology Calendar, you can enter the photo contest now!

Here are the details for the 2021 calendar contest:

  • Deadline for entries is May 31, 2020.
  • Photos need to be taken in Nevada. A location description and/or GPS coordinates should accompany submissions along with description.
  • High-quality, high-resolution photo files of at least 300 DPI are required for quality printing.
  • You may enter as many photos as you wish.
  • Email submissions to Jack Hursh (
  • NBMG Cartographers will make the final decision on the winning photos.
  • Prizes will be awarded for first-, second-, and third-place winners.
  • Check out other photos of Nevada geology on the NBMG website.

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.