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Memorial Day Closure
May 21, 2018

The Mineral Museum and Book Store will be closed in honor of Memorial Day, May 28th. We will be open for the Saturday and Sunday hours of 10-3.

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Virginia McLemore
USDI publishes list of critical minerals, many are found in NM
May 21, 2018

On May 18, 2018, the U.S. Department of Interior published the final list of 35 critical minerals after reviewing 453 public comments. Many of these critical minerals are found in New Mexico.

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Regional Groundwater Monitoring Along the Animas River Continues Animas River Valley
May 14, 2018

This study continues work done in the Animas Valley in Northwestern New Mexico over the past two years that aims to: (1) increase our understanding of geochemical processes related to existing inorganic contamination (i.e. metals) in the Animas River shallow aquifer with implications for potential contamination from specific sources, including the Gold King Mine (GKM) spill, and (2) monitor groundwater conditions to assess contamination due to the GKM spill and historical mining impacts.

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Bonnie Frey
Bureau scientists contribute to uranium exhibit at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, Albuquerque, NM
May 14, 2018

A uranium research team from New Mexico Tech and the University of New Mexico has been given a great opportunity to showcase its work with an exhibit, which opened this month, at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque. The exhibit “What’s up with U?” includes substantial input from Bureau of Geology scientists Bonnie Frey and Virginia McLemore and was funded through Energize New Mexico, a National Science Foundation program (NM EPSCoR)

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NASA Astronaut Candidate Field Geology Training in Taos County, NM Questa, NM
May 8, 2018

NASA has been using the Rio Grande Gorge area in Taos County for geology training since the Apollo missions in the 1960s. Since 1998, the New Mexico Bureau of Geology has assisted NASA with the training program. The 14-member astronaut class of 2017 will travel to the BLM Wild Rivers Recreation Area in June of 2018 for four days of intensive earth science education, including geologic mapping [read more]...

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STATEMAP Program Funded for FY19
May 7, 2018

The NM Bureau of Geology was successful in getting an award from the STATEMAP component of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program for the FY19 state budget year. The competitive program requires a 50/50 match with state funds and New Mexico remains one of the top ranked geological surveys in the nation for getting this award. With this funding, our mapping program will continue with geologic mapping efforts in 5 high priority areas within the state, including the Rio Chama basin near Abiquiu, Rio Puerco west of Albuquerque, San Marcial basin North of T or C, east of Las Cruces, and along the Rio Pecos south of Carlsbad.

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New Grant from the USGS National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program (NGGDPP) Socorro, NM
May 7, 2018

This funding will help us to convert maps to GeMs format, scan historical mine records, and digitize images of petrographic slides.

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Kirt Kempter (used with permission)
Funding granted for constructing a structural contour map of the northern Española Basin Santa Fe and Rio Arriba Counties
May 7, 2018

This project entails making a structural contour map of various hydrostratigraphic units within the Santa Fe Group for the northern Española Basin. It is a continuation of the geologic model made for the central-southern Española Basin (Cole et al., 2010).

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Kelsey McNamara
"Our Groundwater Future" event a success!
April 27, 2018

This well attended event honored Trudy and Ed Healy for their support of groundwater research in New Mexico, and was covered by local television news stations.

Bureau scientists Bruce Allen and Dave Love co-authors on "Science Advances" article about human-sloth interactions in North America
April 27, 2018

New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources scientists Bruce Allen and Dave Love are both co-authors on a "Science Advances" paper titled "Footprints preserve terminal Pleistocene hunt? Human-sloth interactions in North America". The work describes interactions between early humans and sloths, based on studies of 10,000 to 15,000 year old footprints at White Sands National Monument, and documents that humans hunted, or at least harassed, now-extinct giant ground sloth in the terminal Pleistocene. The New Yorker Magazine produced a nice summary of the scientific article, with an artist's impression of humans hunting a giant ground sloth.

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