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Organizations and Government Agencies
These websites provide links to organizations that can provide information on Nevada geology.
American Geophysical Union
American Geophysical Union
One of the world's premier professional science organizations, with major publications and several large meetings per year, it is also very welcoming to students.
Geological Society of Nevada
The Geological Society of Nevada
GSN was organized over 55 years ago and has become one of the most respected regional scientific societies in the world. The spirit of GSN evolved from the unique blend of rigorous science and the camaraderie among our members whenever they gather at monthly meetings, symposia, field trips or other activities. GSN's professional character and relaxed culture have developed over the years, and, combined with the scientific aspect of the meetings and symposia, are what continue to make GSN a compelling organization. GSN is one of the best places to network and find work, find skilled professional help, or just meet and make friends. GSN activities usually have a component of fun and members have come to expect this. The monthly social hour attracts many more members than stay for the dinner and presentation; an indication that members enjoy the opportunity to visit and socialize. In addition to the monthly meetings and biannual field trips, the organization offers several benefits intended to promote the professional development of our members including email blasts about job opportunities, arrangements for MSHA training, and many opportunities for members to meet and interact with each other.
Nevada Division of Minerals
Nevada Division of Minerals
A Nevada state agency, the Division is involved in a wide array of activities relating to mineral development. Staff compiles annual data on all active mines in Nevada and maintains the State’s mine registry. Information concerning mining operations and production is made available to the public through this yearly publication. Educational documents and materials concerning many aspects of the minerals industry are also produced. The Division participates in governmental activities affecting policies and laws concerning the minerals industry and resource development. The Division administers the State’s reclamation bond pool.
The Division is responsible for permitting, inspecting, and monitoring all oil, gas, and geothermal drilling activities on both public and private lands in Nevada. Staff also monitors production of oil, gas, and geothermal resources to ensure proper management and conservation. Nevada is a member of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.
The Division’s abandoned mine lands program provides for public safety by identifying and ranking dangerous conditions at mines that are no longer operating, and by securing dangerous orphaned mine openings. The program continually urges the public to recognize and avoid hazardous abandoned mines.
U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Geologial Survey
The USGS is a science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information. The USGS publishes extensive series of reports and maps. It is one of the premier science agencies in the world.
The Nevada Flood Awareness Committee formed in late 2013 to raise awareness among Nevadans that serious flooding occurs regularly in our state, and that there are steps residents can take to mitigate the risk. The objectives of the committee are to effectively disseminate flood, flood preparedness and flood insurance information to Nevadans through annual activities in northern and rural Nevada and NevadaFloods.org.
Information about flooding in Southern Nevada can be found from The Clark County Regional Flood Control District that does extensive monitoring, alerting and education about the unique flooding challenges in Las Vegas and surrounding areas. In addition, information for flooding in the Truckee Meadows region can be found from the Truckee River Flood Project.
Nevada Seismological Laboratory
Nevada Seismological Laboraatory
The Nevada Seismological Laboratory is a research division within the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno. The Laboratory has overall responsibility for instrumental studies of earthquakes in the Nevada region. The laboratory operates a statewide network of seismographic stations and investigates the sizes, frequencies of occurrence, and distribution of earthquakes in the region, and other problems related to seismic risk in Nevada.
The Laboratory disseminates seismic information to the public and regularly publishes research results. It serves as a data repository and a resource for the public on matters related to earthquake activity and earthquake risks in Nevada and adjoining states. The laboratory also handles grant- and contract-supported research on seismic problems of national and international importance, and interacts closely with the University of Nevada Reno Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering to prepare well-educated professionals for careers in seismology.
W. M. Keck Museum
W. M. Keck Museum of the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering
Located in the Mackay School of Mines Building at the University of Nevada, Reno, the W.M. Keck Museum houses an outstanding collection of minerals, ores, fossil specimens and photographs, in addition to mining related relics.
There is a special emphasis on early Nevada mining history with samples from famous mineral districts such as the Comstock Lode, Tonopah, and Goldfield. The museum is also home to some of the spectacular Mackay Silver Collection, created by Tiffany & Co., for John Mackay and completed in 1878.