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About our Publishing Program


The New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources has published geoscience research and information since its inception in 1927. Our publishing program serves both the professional geologic community and the general public. Many of our publications are now offered in electronic format. We continue to publish professional monographs (our memoirs, bulletins, and circulars) in either printed or electronic form. Although we do print some of our larger geologic map compilations, like our 2011 GM-79: Geologic map of the Valles Caldera, most of our new geologic maps are now available electronically, many available for downloading free of charge. We also publish a number of print publications for the general public, including the regional geologic guides in our popular Scenic Trip series. We publish a free, semi-annual newsletter, New Mexico Earth Matters. Each issue includes an article on an Earth Science topic of interest to the people of New Mexico, as well as news and information on new publications. All back issues are available for download as well. Many technical publications are also available in preliminary form as open-file reports.

Our quarterly journal, New Mexico Geology, is available online at no charge. Persons interested in publishing in New Mexico Geology may contact our managing editor. Instructions for authors submitting articles for New Mexico Geology are available as well.

Prospective Authors

Authors are encouraged to contact us regarding publication of their work. We have several technical and general interest publication series (as well as open-file reports). Authors wishing to submit proposals for all other publications besides New Mexico Geology should view our general Instructions to Authors.

Publication Sales

While a large number of our publications are available online for free, many of our publications are only available for sale in print.  Certain publications like large maps and reference works are much more usable in printed form. We price these publications as low as we possibly can, and (where possible) provide free online versions of many of them. The nominal cost of purchasing bound printed publications is generally substantially less than than the cost of printing hard copies yourself. The revenue collected from the sale of our publications in part allows us to continue producing professional publications, and allows us to continue printing many of them.

Publications are available online and through our Publication Sales Office, on the campus of New Mexico Tech, in Socorro. We are happy to take orders over the phone and help you find the publication you need. Give us a call at (575) 835-5490 (9-12 and 1-4, Mountain Time, Monday-Friday). Many of our popular publications are also available at independent bookstores throughout New Mexico, and at our Albuquerque Office.  

Wholesale discounts are available to retailers. Contact our Publication Sales Office in Socorro for more information. We offer retail discounts to students (with a valid student ID), teachers (for classroom use), and libraries.

We are an official Earth Science Information Center for the U.S. Geological Survey. We stock all of the USGS 7.5-minute (1:24,000), 1:100,000, and 1:250,000 topographic maps for the state of New Mexico as well as selected other USGS publications at our office in Socorro.

Copyright Information

Publications of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, printed and electronic, are protected by the copyright laws of the United States and are not in the public domain. Furthermore, copyright for many of the photographs in our publications belongs to the photographer rather than to the Bureau.

One printed copy of any materials from our website or our print and electronic publications may be made for individual use without our permission. Teachers and students may make unlimited copies for educational use. Any other use of these materials requires permission. For permission to reprint portions of our publications or to acquire copies of Bureau-generated graphics for other uses, contact our Managing Editor.