Sparkling or Still? A Tour of the Geology from Soda Lakes to Stillwater Marsh, Nevada
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Governor Sandoval has proclaimed October 14-20, 2018 as Earth Science Week in Nevada, so we hope that you can join us on Saturday, October 13 as geoscientists from Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) explain the geology of the Fallon area in celebration of Earth Science Week 2018 and the importance of earth sciences to the people of the state of Nevada.
Trip leaders will be Craig M. dePolo, Christopher D. Henry, James E. Faulds, Andrew V. Zuza, and Rachel E. Micander.
Major stops on this field trip will include the following:
- Salt Wells geothermal power plant
- Rainbow Mountain earthquake fault scarp
- “Nevada Wonderstone” rockhounding locality
- “Big Dig” flood mitigation project in Lahontan Valley
- Rattlesnake Hill, a “young” (<1 million year old) volcanic cinder cone and lava flow complex overlooking Fallon
- Soda Lake volcanoes (youngest in Nevada!)
Participants will meet at the Gold Building in Reno at 8:00 AM and leave by 8:30 AM. The last stop will be Soda Lakes about 4:45 and then return to Reno.
For participants coming from Fallon or Fernley: Please meet at the Fox Peak Gas Station at 9:15 AM, 0.5 miles east of Maine Street on Highway 50, at N. Sherman St. Someone from NBMG will be at the gas station to give a short introduction and hand out guidebooks. We will depart from the Fox Peak Gas Station at 9:30 AM.
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.
National Earth Science Week website:
Earth Science Week is October 14-20, 2018.
Since October 1998, the American Geosciences Institute has organized this national and international event to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. This year's Earth Science Week will be held from October 14-20, 2018 and will celebrate the theme "Earth as Inspiration." The coming year's event will emphasize artistic expression as a unique, powerful opportunity for geoscience education and understanding in the 21st century.