About the Bureau
The New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources, established by legislation in 1927, is a service and research division of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NM Tech). We serve as the geological survey for the State of New Mexico with these main goals:
- Conduct research and interact with State and Federal agencies and
industry to facilitate prudent exploitation of the state's geological
- Distribute accurate information to scientists, decision makers, and
the New Mexico public regarding the state's geologic infrastructure,
mineral and energy resources, and geohydrology (including water quantity
- Create accurate, up-to-date maps (using GIS) of the state's
geology and resource potential.
- Provide timely information on potential geologic hazards, including
earthquakes, volcanic events, soils-and subsidence-related problems,
- Act as a repository for cores, well cuttings and a wide variety of
geological data. Provide convenient physical and internet access for
New Mexicans to such resources.
- Provide public education and outreach through college teaching and
advising, a Mineral Museum, and teacher- and student-training programs.
- Our staff serve on a number of boards and commissions within the state and the region concerned with various geoscience-related issues.
In 2001, we changed our name from the New Mexico Bureau of Mines & Mineral Resources to better reflect the evolving needs of our state and our role as New Mexico's geological survey.