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Annual Earth Science Week field trip
hosted by the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology

Mapping the Geology
around the Desert Research Institute
and Truckee Meadows Community College

2013 Earth Science Week Field Trip
October 12 or 13, 2013

National Earth Science Week (ESW) 2013 encourages people everywhere to explore the natural world and learn about the geosciences.  The Nevada Bureau of Mines & Geology (NBMG) welcomes you to participate in its sixteenth annual Earth Science Week field trip.  In keeping with the National ESW theme, “Mapping Our World,” this year’s trip will focus on identifying rocks and minerals, then mapping the geology around NBMG's Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library (GBSSRL) on the DRI campus.  Dr. Christopher Ross will also be in attendance to help us identify native plants. You'll be able to collect volcanic rocks and several minerals that are characteristic of the hydrothermal (geothermal) alteration associated with volcanoes that were active in the Reno area about 16 million years ago.

The complete field trip guide is available at this site: (trip guide).

We will start promptly at 8:00 a.m. at the Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library, the building for information, publication sales, geologic and topographic maps, and geological samples of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, on the west side of the campus of the Desert Research Institute, 2175 Raggio Parkway, Reno, NV 89512.  Please meet there beginning at 7:30 a.m. and no later than 7:45 a.m. if you would like a preview of the rocks that you’ll be able to collect. 

The trip is free and open to the public.  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, and a GPS receiver (optional).

The day's activity will involve hiking and climbing around rocks so wear appropriate outdoor clothing and sturdy shoes or hiking boots. 

Field trip participants wanting a tour of the Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library, the new building for information, publication sales, geologic and topographic maps, and geological samples of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, can meet there, 2175 Raggio Parkway, Reno, NV 89512 (on the west side of the Desert Research Institute campus) at 7:15 a.m. Directions and a map to this facility are at this link: We will leave the GBSSRL location in Reno at 8:00 a.m.

Come visit our publication sales office anytime between 7:15 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. on the day of the field trip.

Mapping discounts—October 12 and 13 only (7:15–7:45)
We offer you these special discounts on some of our publications—great gift ideas for the holidays!

All of the guidebooks described in the link below will be on sale for $20 each:


You can help Food Bank of Northern Nevada    can

Bring in a donation of non-perishable food items and we will give you some topo map gift wrap to use for the holidays. Look for the FBNN collection bin just inside the door of the sales office. Here are some suggested items to bring—any of these would be very much appreciated:

While visiting our office, you can also celebrate National Fossil Day (October 16) by picking up some free games and activities on fossils.


This year's field trip will appeal to people of all ages. Please sign up to attend on either Saturday, Oct 12th, or Sunday, Oct 13th (the same field trip is repeated on two consecutive days). You must sign up (sign-up) online prior to the trip and sign a waiver form: (waiver). Please print out a paper copy, sign and date, and submit prior to the field trip or bring to the field trip meeting place.

There will be several geologists in attendance to help answer your questions about geology and identify a variety of rocks. There will also be an opportunity to learn more about geocaching and EarthCaching—a high-tech treasure hunting game using GPS devices. If you have a hand-held GPS unit, bring it.


Questions about the field trip? Call D.D. at 682-8772.

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


Be sure to check out our geologic guidebooks!

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