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John C. Frye Award Recognizes Bureau Study of High Plains Aquifer Socorro, NM
May 17, 2021

New Mexico Bureau of Geology Senior Field Geologist Dr. Geoffrey Rawling and New Mexico Tech Assistant Professor Dr. Alex Rinehart will receive the John C. Frye Environmental Geology Award at the Geological Society of America annual meeting for their paper “Lifetime projections for the High Plains Aquifer in east-central New Mexico.” This award is presented annually to the best paper on environmental geology published either by one of the state geological surveys or by the Geological Society of America within the last 3 years.

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"Helium in New Mexico" Podcast with Ron Broadhead
May 11, 2021

Ron Broadhead, emeritus principal petroleum geologist at New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, was interviewed for the "Stone Notes" podcast about helium in New Mexico. The discussion focuses on helium exploration with some references to the research paper by Ronald Broadhead titled "Helium in New Mexico – geologic distribution, resource demand, and exploration possibilities”. Some highlights include discussing which reservoirs are ideal for helium production. Tune in to learn more about this interesting New Mexico resource.

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Bill McIntosh
Director Dunbar wins 2021 NMT Distinguished Research Award
May 9, 2021

The New Mexico Tech 2021 Distinguished Research Award winner is Dr. Nelia Dunbar, Director of the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources. The recipient of the Distinguished Research Award is chosen by a committee of Tech faculty and researchers from a list of candidates nominated by their colleagues.

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Bureau Students win New Mexico Geological Society Awards
May 3, 2021

Five Bureau-supported students, Tyler Cantrell, Haley Dietz, Ethan Haft, Nico Harrison, and Evan Owen, received awards from the New Mexico Geological Society for their their New-Mexico-focused research projects. The awards were announced at the New Mexico Geological Society spring meeting.

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Courtesy of Michael Timmons
2021 Mapping to Focus on Rio Grande and Pecos Watersheds, Interstate-40 Corridor Socorro, NM
April 30, 2021

The New Mexico Bureau of Geology’s Geologic Mapping Program was awarded $583,603 through the federal STATEMAP program to continue detailed mapping. This year’s projects will focus on three key regions: the Rio Grande watershed, the lower Pecos River watershed, and along the Interstate-40 corridor near Gallup, New Mexico.

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Nelia Dunbar
New Book Chapter on Antarctic volcanism
April 15, 2021

Bureau researchers have authored a book chapter Active volcanoes in Marie Byrd Land on three active volcanoes in West Antarctica. This work appears in a Geological Society of London Lyell Memoir entitled: Volcanism in Antarctica: 200 Million Years of Subduction, Rifting and Continental Break-Up.

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“The Geology of Southern New Mexico’s Parks, Monuments, and Public Lands” Wins Award!
September 25, 2020

We are honored to be selected as the winner of the 2020 Southwest Book Design and Production Award for the "scholarly and technical" category for our new guidebook.

The winners were announced September 24, 2020 at a virtual Gala event. The awards recognize quality and creativity in book design and distinction in production.