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Geology of Nevada: Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology

Nevada geology covers general earth science, as well as special issues such as mining and earthquakes.

Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology

Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Great Basin Science Sample and Records Library

County Reports

Reports on the geology, mineral resources, and mining history of each Nevada county are published in the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Bulletin series.  Each county report includes a county geologic map at a scale of 1:250,000, and an accompanying map showing all of the mining districts in the county.

Bulletins of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology:

Mining Districts of Nevada

Much of the history of Nevada is told in the history of its mining districts.  Many of the districts have multiple names.  The compilation, Mining Districts of Nevada, helps in finding the districts and tracking their name changes.

Publications of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology

The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) is a research and public service unit of the University of Nevada and is the state geological survey. NBMG is part of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering.  NBMG scientists conduct research and publish reports on mineral resources, engineering geology, environmental geology, hydrogeology, and geologic mapping. 

Publications are available in several numbered series, including:  Bulletins, Field Studies Maps, Maps, Mineral Industry, Open-file Reports, Pamphlets, Reports, Special Publications, and Urban Maps.  Online publications are available in educations, natural hazards, and Earth Science Week Field Trips.

Publications of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology

Science Education and Outreach

NBMG plays an important role in educating the public on many geologic topics that directly affect Nevada through educational publications, teacher workshops, field trips and other outreach opportunities.

NBMG Science Education and Outreach

Science Education


Earthquake Fault, Dixie Valley, Nevada

Earthquake Fault Nevada

Minerals & Energy


Mining records, historical mining district files, minerals, laboratory analysis, data, and publications.

Open Pit Gold Mine, Barrick Gold