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NBMG Earth Science Week

NBMG Earth Science Week

NBMG Earth Science Week Field Trip 2017

A land in transition! Ancient river courses, young volcanoes, recent earthquakes,
and modern debris flows in the Carson Valley

Saturday, October 21, 2017

New info added below! Trip guide now available!

We hope you can join us on Saturday, October 21 as geoscientists from Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology explain the geology of the Carson Valley—in celebration of Earth Science Week 2017 and the importance of earth sciences to the people of the state of Nevada.

Major stops on this field trip will include the following:

- A "young" one-million-year-old cinder cone volcano;
- Evidence of ancient rivers flowing from central Nevada to the Pacific Ocean before the Basin and Range of Nevada
dropped down because of faulting
- Recently active earthquake faults;
- Geothermal springs;
- The 2014 Hot Spring Mountain flood and debris flows.

There will be several geologists in attendance to help answer your questions about geology and identify a variety of rocks.

Please meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot at the Starbucks at 3325 Retail Drive, Carson City, NV 89706. You will be able to use the restrooms and we will collect your completed waiver forms before leaving promptly by 9:30 a.m.

Trip leaders are Seth Dee, Bridget Ayling, and Chris Henry.

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

Field Trip Sign-up Form | Field Trip Waiver

Field Trip Guide/Road Log | Map of meeting place

ESW Proclamation by the Governor | Field Trip Flyer

Be sure to bring your own water, lunch, sunscreen, hat, first-aid kit, walking stick, gloves, camera, binoculars, bag or bucket for collecting samples, safety glasses if you use a hammer. The day's activity will involve hiking and climbing around rocks so wear appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy shoes or hiking boots.

Call Seth Dee at 541-520-4146 with any other questions not answered by this e-mail or on the website.

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:

For more information about educational activities during Earth Science Week, go to the national Earth Science Week website at:

Earth Science Week is October 8–14, 2017.

“The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to announce that the theme of Earth Science Week 2017 is “Earth and Human Activity.” This year’s event, the 20th annual Earth Science Week celebration, promotes awareness of what geoscience tells us about human interaction with the planet’s natural systems and processes.”

ESW Toolkit for Educators

Past NBMG Field Trip Guides

Be sure to check out NBMG geologic guidebooks!