After a break from personal excursions due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Earth Science Week excursion is back. Earth Science Week will take place from October 10th to 16th this year. This year’s theme is “Water today and for the future”.
The excursion is hosted on Saturday, October 16, by the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, a public agency of the College of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno, and the state’s geological survey.
To celebrate the aquatic theme, the tour theme is “A Story of Three Rivers and the Fast-Evolving Landscapes of Western Nevada”. The excursion will travel to three rivers in western Nevada to learn how the rivers have influenced the geology of the area. The trip includes stops along the Walker, Carson and Truckee Rivers as well as the Wabuska Geothermal Plant and an open pit copper mine in Yerington.
The tour is led by several geologists from the Bureau, 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 high desert environment is an ideal place to learn more about water and the hydrological cycle,” said Ayling. “In western Nevada, near Reno, we can see the beginning and the end of several large river systems that begin as snowmelt from the winter snowpack of the Sierra and end in desert lakes. These hydrological systems provide western Nevada with water for drinking, agriculture and recreation and are home to important ecological niches for flora and fauna. “
Due to the pandemic, the Presidium strongly encourages everyone on the trip to wear a mask, regardless of their vaccination status, and to distance themselves socially. To learn more about the stops on the tour and updates on COVID-19 logs, visit the Bureau’s website.
Earth Science Week was launched by the American Geosciences Institute in October 1998 to help the public learn more about geosciences. Each year around Earth Science Week, the Bureau plans an excursion to give the community an opportunity to learn about and learn about local geology. Last year’s theme was “Earth Materials in Our Lives” and the Bureau held a virtual excursion to continue programming despite the coronavirus pandemic. The excursions are always free and public. To register for this year’s guided tour, visit the office’s website.
Enjoy earth sciences year round
Along with Earth Science Week comes the Bureau’s Nevada Geology 2022 calendar. The calendar is full of beautiful photos highlighting Nevada’s scenic wonders and features a different geological theme each month: Goblin Knobs, South Pahroc Range, Columnar Joints, Big Den Creek Canyon, Hot Springs, Peak Bagging, Beatty Mountain, Pinto Valley Wilderness, Santa Rosa Range, Goshute Mountains, Lake Tahoe and Cavernous Weathering. Interesting facts about Nevada and the geology of Nevada are also included. The photos are selected in an annual photo competition. The proceeds from the sale of the Nevada Geology 2022 calendar support the work of the bureau as a research and service unit of the university and the geological survey of the state.