From the University of Nevada Reno
The National Earth Science Week celebration continues with an exhibition of Nevada's enticing geological history. The University of Nevada, Reno Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology is hosting the first Discover Nevada open house at the Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library, 2175 Raggio Parkway, between 5 and 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15 and Thursday, Oct. 16.
The first night, themed "Nevada Gold Day," will focus on Nevada's position in the Gold Rush. Presenters will provide insight on related topics through engaging keynote lectures. John Muntean, NBMG associate professor and director of Economic Geology, will present "Nevada: America's True Golden State;" and Jim Faulds, state geologist and director of the bureau, will present "Why is Nevada in Hot Water: Overview of Nevada's Vast Geothermal Resources." Nevada is currently in the midst of the biggest gold boom in the history of America. More gold has been mined in Nevada in the last 35 years than was ever mined in California. Ironically, settlers trekked over most of Nevada's gold as they rushed to find gold in California. Speakers will discuss why this gold was missed, how it forms, how one explores for it and what the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology does to help maintain this modern-day gold rush.
Ongoing displays of the evening will include samples of ore, geologic maps of mining districts and maps showing major mines and mineral/geothermal resource potential across the state. Expert geologists will be on hand to answer questions about gold, geothermal deposits and exploration activities in Nevada. Door prizes will include gold ore samples, a geologic map of Nevada and a geologic map of Virginia City.
Learn more here: http://www.unr.edu/nevada-today/news/2014/discover-nevada-open-house
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