The annual Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) Earth Science Week field trip is back. It will take place on Saturday October 16. The public excursion is educational, family and free.
The national theme for Earth Sciences Week, which takes place across the country from October 10-16 this year, is “Water today and for the future”.
To celebrate the aquatic theme, NBMG, which is a public service unit of the University of Nevada, Reno College of Science and State Geological Survey, invites the public to join them for “A Tale of Three Rivers and the Rapidly Evolving Landscapes of Western Nevada.
The field trip will tour three rivers in western Nevada to learn about how rivers have influenced the geology of the region. It will include stops along the Walker, Carson and Truckee rivers, as well as the Wabuska geothermal power plant and an open pit copper mine in Yerington.
The visit will be led by several geologists from the NBMG, including Bridget Ayling, associate professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering and director of the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy.
“Nevada’s desert environment is a great place to learn about water and the hydrologic cycle,” Ayling said. “In western Nevada, near Reno, we can see the beginning and end of several large river systems that begin with the snowmelt from the winter snowpack of the Sierra and end in desert lakes. These hydrologic systems provide water to western Nevada for consumption, agriculture, and recreation, while supporting important ecological niches for flora and fauna.
Individuals wishing to attend the field visit must register online and sign a waiver which can be found on the office website. A hard copy should be printed, signed and submitted prior to the field visit or brought to the starting point of the field visit.
NBMG will monitor any new development with COVID state mandates and act as necessary. Due to the pandemic, the office is encouraging everyone traveling to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status and to distance themselves socially.
Participants should bring their own mask, water, lunch, sunscreen, hat, disinfectant, first aid kit, cane, gloves, camera, binoculars, bag or bucket to collect samples and safety glasses if they plan to do so. use a hammer drill.
The activity of the day will consist of hiking and climbing around the rocks. Outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear or hiking boots are therefore required. Toilet breaks with adapted facilities will be available during the trip.
Earth Science Week was launched in October 1998 by the American Geosciences Institute to help the public learn more about geosciences. Each year around Earth Science Week, the NBMG organizes a field trip to provide the community with an opportunity to engage and learn more about the local geology.
Last year’s theme was ‘Earth’s Materials in Our Lives’ and the office created a virtual field tour to continue programming despite the coronavirus pandemic.
To learn more about the stops featured on the tour and for updates on COVID-19 protocols, visit the office’s website.
Jeri Chadwell came to Reno from rural Nevada in 2004 to study anthropology at the University of Nevada, Reno. In 2012, she returned to university for a master’s degree in journalism. She is the former associate and editor of Reno News & Review and received the Nevada Press Association’s top prize for her investigative and business reporting. Jeri is passionate about the history, politics and communities of Nevada.