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The Rio Grande: A River Guide to the Geology and Landscapes of Northern New Mexico has been reprinted
October 27, 2022

Our awarding winning book — The Rio Grande: A River Guide to the Geology and Landscapes of Northern New Mexico — is finally back on our shelves and ready for purchase. The 122-page river-friendly guide contains a wonderful series of river maps, extending from southern Colorado to Cochiti Dam, along with easy-to-consume text that describes the fascinating geology along the way. Although this year’s river season may be coming to a close, our guide is a perfect gift for the upcoming holidays because it’s never too early to start planning your next northern New Mexico adventure. Click the title link to purchase the book online or view sample pages from the guide.

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Peter Jones
New issue of Earth Matters: New Mexico’s Sulfuric Acid Caves
October 19, 2022

New Mexico has some of the world’s most spectacular caves. Each year, roughly half a million visitors flock to southeastern New Mexico to experience the underground splendor of Carlsbad Caverns National Park and hike in the rugged terrain of the Guadalupe Mountains. The area attracts more than just tourists. Scientists from all over the world study Carlsbad Cavern, Lechuguilla Cave, and other beautiful and enigmatic caves in the Guadalupe Mountains. These caves contain strange mineral deposits and large chambers that puzzled scientists and explorers for many years. We now know that these once-mysterious features are the result of an unusual cave-formation process known as sulfuric acid speleogenesis (cave formation by sulfuric acid).

Download the full-text PDF of this issue by:
Daniel Jones, Victor Polyak, Harvey DuChene, and George Veni

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Photo & Document Archive now accessible online
October 12, 2021

Archiving data and housing geological collections is an important role the Bureau of Geology plays in improving our understanding of the geology of New Mexico. Our Geologic Information Center has made many of our archived photographs and documents available online via a dedicated portal that uses ResourceSpace, an open-source digital asset management system. Additional archival materials are regularly being added to the system, so be sure to check back frequently.

If you have historical documents, photographs or mine maps and would like to contribute to our archives (or allow us to copy), please let us know.

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Alex Gysi
Seeking PhD candidates: molecular complexation of REE in high temperature and pressure supercritical geologic fluids Socorro, NM
September 7, 2021

We seek motivated candidates with a strong interest in high-temperature hydrothermal experimental geochemistry, EXAFS and Raman/UV-Vis spectroscopy, chemical thermodynamics and computational geochemistry. These positions are part of the new collaborative U.S. geoscience critical minerals experimental – thermodynamic research hub between New Mexico Tech (NMT), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and Indiana University Bloomington (IUB), which is a Department of Energy (DOE), Basic Energy Sciences, funded project (

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Petroleum metrics for NM available
July 16, 2021

We've assembled a convenient dashboard showing petroleum metrics specific to New Mexico. The metrics include NM rig count, spot prices for oil & gas, and production curves for NM.

We are actively seeking manuscripts for publication
August 29, 2018

The Publications Group at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology is actively seeking manuscripts for New Mexico Geology and our technical Bulletin and Memoir series.