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Bureau geologists publish Antarctic research papers in Nature Scientific Reports
October 4, 2017

New Zealand supereruption provides time marker for the Last Glacial Maximum in Antarctica

— Nelia W. Dunbar, Nels A. Iverson, Alexa R. Van Eaton, Michael Sigl, Brent V. Alloway, Andrei V. Kurbatov, Larry G. Mastin, Joseph R. McConnell, and Colin J. N. Wilson

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The first physical evidence of subglacial volcanism under the West Antarctic Ice Sheet

— Nels A. Iverson, Ross Lieb-Lappen, Nelia W. Dunbar, Rachel Obbard, Ellen Kim, and Ellyn Golden

Aquifer Mapping Program receives gift from Healy Foundation
August 9, 2017

In July 2017, the Healy Foundation provided us generous support for two ongoing, and one new, water-focused projects for the state.

Bureau staff member recognized by Governor
August 2, 2017

Susie Welch, recently retired outreach coordinator at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology, was recognized by Governor Susana Martinez for outstanding accomplishments and invaluable contributions to the state of New Mexico. Congratulations to Susie on the well-deserved citation!

Argon Geochronology Workshop Socorro, NM
May 23, 2017

From June 6-8, 2017, our New Mexico Geochronology Research Laboratory will hosted 35 geochronologists from 7 countries to discuss multiple topics that impact radiometric dating of rock samples and noble gas measurements.

Excellence in Geoscience Awards - NM Science and Engineering Fair Socorro, NM
April 5, 2017

Two NM high-school students, Faris Wald and Cameron D. Zielinski, were honored with the Excellence in Geoscience Award.

Matt Heizler speaks about the age of the Earth for the Children's Hour on KUNM Albuquerque, NM
November 12, 2016

The KUNM Kids find out how to date Planet Earth on The Children's Hour. How old is the Earth, and how do scientists figure out the age of rocks? Geochronologist, Dr. Matt Heizler from the New Mexico Bureau of Geology at New Mexico Tech answers all these questions and many more, including how moon dust is involved in increasing our understanding.

Listen to the podcast of the interview from the 11/12/2016 radio show (the interview begins at around minutes into the show).

Dr. Nelia Dunbar named Bureau Director and State Geologist Socorro, NM
October 17, 2016

Dr. Nelia Dunbar has been named as Director of the NM Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources and State Geologist by New Mexico Tech president Steven Wells. Dr. Dunbar has had a long and distinguished career at the bureau as a geochemist and volcanologist and as manager of the bureau's Electron Microprobe Laboratory. Her research has taken her throughout New Mexico and the southwest, as well as Antarctica, New Zealand, Tibet, and Ethiopia.

For more information regarding this appointment, see the NMT press release.

Lewis Land featured in GSA Today describing benefits of GSA membership Carlsbad, NM
October 10, 2016

Dr. Lewis Land, hydrogeologist and NMBGMR liason to the National Cave and Karst Research Institute, was featured in a recent GSA Today issue describing benefits of membership in the Geological Society of America.

Ron Gardiner passes away Questa, NM
September 25, 2016

Ron Gardiner, an advocate and supporter of the Bureau of Geology, recently passed away in his home in Questa, NM. Mr. Gardiner worked with us on numerous Decision Maker's conferences, and to help facilitate earth science discussions with legislators. Ron was also a recipient of the 2009 Earth Science Achievement Award.

Memorial services are scheduled for Saturday November 5, 12-3pm at the Sagebrush Inn in Taos.

Dr. Dan Lopez, former NMT president, inducted into NM Mining Hall of Fame Santa Fe, NM
September 20, 2016

On September 8, 2016 Dr. Dan Lopez, former NM Tech president, was inducted into the NM Mining Hall of Fame at the New Mexico Mining Association (NMMA) Annual Meeting in Santa Fe.

NMT student poster takes second place at AIPG meeting Santa Fe, NM
September 20, 2016

A poster titled "The Characterization of Abandoned Uranium Mines in New Mexico", by Ashlynne Winton, John Asafo-Akowuah, and Virginia T. McLemore took second place at the 2016 Annual National Conference of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) in Santa Fe. The first two authors are students being supervised by Virginia T. McLemore, Senior Economic Geologist at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources.

Healy Foundation grant to Aquifer Mapping Program Socorro, NM
September 15, 2016

Public-private partnership supports new efforts in groundwater level monitoring and aquifer mapping.

Bureau hydrogeology study covered by Taos News articles
September 12, 2016

"Study says there may be limits to sustainable growth south of Taos"

Perseid meteor shower: August 11-13
August 5, 2016

Predicted to be 200 meteors/hour — twice the normal rate!

Taos County honors Peggy Johnson with Community Service Award
June 29, 2016

On June 28, 2016, the Taos County Commissioners honored Bureau hydrogeologist Peggy Johnson with a Community Service Award for her 20 years of water-science work in the county.

Bulletin-161 wins John C. Frye Memorial Award for Evironmental Geology
June 1, 2016

Geology and Hydrology of Groundwater-Fed Springs and Wetlands at La Cienega, Santa Fe County, NM

Bureau Staff Present Papers at the National Groundwater Association Conference
February 29, 2016

On February 23-24, 2016, the National Groundwater Association Conference provided many presentations on the water resource challenges and potential solutions affecting the American Southwest. Among these presentations were four researchers from the Bureau. Dr. Geoffrey Rawling talked about the “Quantity and Location of Groundwater Recharge in the Sacramento Mountains,” followed soon after by Dr. Talon Newton discussing the “Sacramento Mountains Watershed Study: Can Thinning Trees Increase the Water Supply?”. Later in the program, Dr. Lewis Land presented a lively review of the “Brackish Water Recharge Rates in the Capitan Reef Aquifer.” Stacy Timmons presented an overview talk on “Characterizing Brackish Water in New Mexico.” The conference was attended by approximately 80 participants from various regions in the US, and other federal and New Mexico state agencies.

OFR-578 refines understanding of the geologic architecture within Rio Grande del Norte National Monument Questa, NM
February 16, 2016

A technical completion report for the village of Questa NM released as OFR-578, by the NM Bureau of Geology, in close collaboration with U.S. Geological Survey, refines our understanding of the geologic architecture of the new Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

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