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Bureau awarded USGS funding for participation in the National Groundwater Monitoring Network
May 17, 2019

The Aquifer Mapping Program at the NM Bureau of Geology has recently been awarded a third year of a cooperative agreement with the USGS though the National Groundwater Monitoring Network . The NM Bureau of Geology, which joined the network in 2017, is one of many state surveys sharing data to this national program.

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STATEMAP Program awarded $150,000 Socorro, NM
May 15, 2019

The NM Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources was awarded a nearly $150,000 award from the STATEMAP component of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program for the next year. The competitive program requires a 50/50 match of state and federal funds, and New Mexico remains one of the top-ranked geological surveys in the nation for receiving this award.

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Photo courtesy of Bill Chenoweth, U.S. Department of Energy, New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Historic Photog
New Mexico Bureau of Geology awarded $70,000 in funding from USGS’s data preservation program
May 14, 2019

The New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (NMBGMR) has been awarded $70,000 from USGS’s National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program (NGGDPP) for data preservation with a particular focus on rare earth elements (REE). More than $20,000 will go towards providing funding for New Mexico Tech students. This project will begin in August 2019.

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Dr. Virginia McLemore named Geological Society of American Fellow
May 13, 2019

Dr. Virginia McLemore has been named a Fellow of the Geological Society of America for her sustained record of distinguished contributions to the field of geoscience research. She has also been notably productive in applied geoscience, and training of geologists. She will be recognized at the Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony held at the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, held in Phoenix, Arizona in September 2019. Congratulations, Ginger!

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Dr. Matthew Heizler named Geological Society of American Fellow
May 13, 2019

Dr. Matthew Heizler has been named a Fellow of the Geological Society of America for his sustained record of distinguished contributions to the field of geoscience research, particularly in the field of argon geochronology. Matt’s 200 published papers underscore his remarkable productivity, but the salient characteristics of his career are his scientific originality and perseverance. He will be recognized at the Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony held at the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, held in Phoenix, Arizona in September 2019. Congratulations, Matt!

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Bureau mineralogist part of Mars biosignatures research
May 7, 2019

The recent discovery of manganese oxides on Mars suggests more oxygen was present in the Martian atmosphere the originally thought. A pilot project was recently funded by NASA to test the feasibility of discovering biosignatures in manganese deposits on Mars with payload instruments. There are two primary goals for this project; the first is to identify key chemical signatures and second to identify key mineralogical signatures in natural biologic and abiologic manganese materials. The pilot project will focus on three field sites in New Mexico that display features of formation that range from at or near the surface then extend to the deeper subsurface; essentially examining manganese deposits from surface, cave, geothermal springs, finally fossil hydrothermal environments. Should sufficient variation be noted during the pilot project, additional funding to the project will further characterize terrestrial occurrences for comparison to Mars by utilizing rover payload instruments.

Kottlowski / Bureau Fellowship awarded to Morgan Nasholds
May 7, 2019

The Frank E. Kottlowski / Bureau Fellowship is awarded to an incoming graduate student in the earth sciences at New Mexico Tech and offers a 12-month Research Assistantship plus actual tuition costs. The award may be extended for up to 3 years. This year's fellowship receipient also received the NMGS Kottlowski award for the best Grant-in-Aid proposal.


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