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Science of the Comstock - Earth Science

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Earth Science Topics:
Local Geology
Regional Geology


In this section, we present an activity to help the reader gain or improve a most important skill for the geologist, using and creating maps. Then, we present background information about the local and regional geology of the area. These two sections provide the foundation for understanding the formation of the Comstock Lode. This photo shows a road cut just north of Virginia City. The rocks are discolored from slight alteration, but break in large blocks so they are still the solid rocks that form the mountains to the west of Virginia City.