Geoscience At the Bureau of Geology
Our staff are actively engaged in research projects throughout the state and the region. This research benefits the citizens of New Mexico by improving our understanding of our physical environment, mineral and energy resources, water resources, and how the landscape of our geologically spectacular state has evolved through time.
Citizens of New Mexico and elsewhere — including geologists, engineers, landowners, prospectors, legislators, students, industry personnel, and tourists — seek technical advice from our staff and utilize our laboratories. Our staff answer letters and telephone inquiries, and consult with visitors. Staff mineralogists routinely identify hand specimens of rocks and minerals that are brought to the Bureau of Geology. Many visitors, and school groups, tour our Mineral Museum. Our offices offer maps, technical publications, and less technical guides to various scenic places in New Mexico. Publications of the New Mexico Geological Society are also available. We provide two free educational publications: Lite Geology, which is non-technical but informative and fun to read, and Earth Matters which is our newsletter (that always contains an informative geoscience article).
The Geologic Extension Service (GES) coordinates information resources and services at the Bureau of Geology. The GES also conducts teacher and student workshops and provides displays and Earth Science information at teacher conferences and other educational gatherings. The Manager of the GES is Susan Welch.
The New Mexico Library of Subsurface Data houses records of thousands of wells drilled in New Mexico-including cuttings from selected wells and a variety of borehole logs such as electric, sonic, and gamma ray. A collection of up-to-date petroleum-exploration maps includes most counties. Coal and uranium geophysical logs are available as well . The Library has been expanded in recent years to include cuttings, cores, and geophysical logs from water wells.