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Dr. Virginia McLemore receives Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Environmental Distinguished Service Award
September 13, 2019

Dr. Virginia McLemore has received the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) Environmental Distinguished Service Award for 2019. This award recognizes her dedicated service to the SME Environmental Division, and her outstanding accomplishments in economic geology. She will be recognized at the SME 2020 Annual Conference and Expo in Phoenix, Arizona in February 2020. Congratulations, Ginger!

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New paper on the geologic evolution of the San Juan Basin
August 29, 2019

This research, published on-line by Geosphere, describes the Laramide (Late Cretaceous to Eocene) fluvial evolution of the San Juan Basin of northwestern New Mexico. It focuses primarily on the Paleocene Nacimiento and Animas formations, using paleocurrent analysis and 40Ar/39Ar geochronology. The paper shows the Laramide fluvial evolution was complex and responded primarily to variations in subsidence rates within the basin.

The authors are Steve Cather (recently retired Bureau Field Geologist), Matt Heizler (Bureau geochronologist), and Tom Williamson (paleontologist at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science).

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New Mexico Bureau of Geology geochronology lab receives two NSF awards to support student research
August 26, 2019

The National Science Foundation Earthscope program, in conjunction with the Geological Society of America, supports the grant that provides “Awards for Geochronology Student Research” known as AGeS. The New Mexico Geochronology Research Laboratory (NMGRL), one of several NM Bureau of Geology laboratories, is a participant in the AGeS2 program. The AGeS program is designed to link students with geochronology laboratories to facilitate in depth student understanding of geochronology methods with hands on experience ultimately leading to publication of new data.

Each participating lab in the AGeS program can sponsor a maximum of 4 students in any given funding cycle. Students across the nation reach out to the NMGRL seeking an opportunity to utilize our facility to support their AGeS proposal. Drs. Matthew Heizler and Jake Ross evaluate the student requests for scientific merit and opportunity for fostering new collaborations. In 2019 the NMGRL accepted 4 student proposals that were then entered into a competitive pool of 78 total proposals. AGeS awarded 20 grants and excitedly, two of them were NMGRL sponsored proposals. It is noted that no participating laboratory can receive more than 2 grants in any funding cycle.

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Mineral Museum Featured in Special Exhibition at East Coast Mineral Show Springfield, MA
August 19, 2019

The New Mexico Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum was the featured exhibit at the East Coast Gem, Mineral, & Fossil Show in Springfield, Massachusetts from August 9th-11th, 2019. This particular show is unique in that only one institution or collector is responsible for filling all 52 display cases with minerals, as opposed to the typical format in which multiple institutions and collectors focusing on one display case each.

EES & Bureau geoscientists receive award to study aquifer recharge in New Mexico
July 31, 2019

Dr. Daniel Cadol, New Mexico Tech, and Dr. Talon Newton, New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources received a faculty grant award administered by NM W ater Resources Research Institute at New Mexico State University for their proposed project: "Evaluating focused aquifer recharge in arid regions using chloride profile analysis." This funding comes from the United States Geological Survey through the 104B funding program. For more information about this project, see the NM WRRI award announcement.

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Study of the Plains of San Agustin and Alamosa Creek area provides regulators and decision makers facts regarding controversial diversion project Catron and Socorro Counties, NM
July 16, 2019

The New Mexico Bureau of Geology is soon to publish the results of a detailed study about the groundwater within the Plains of San Agustin. This research, led by Dr. Alex Rinehart and Dan Koning, involved geologic mapping, analysis of wells and other subsurface data, water geochemistry, extensive water level measurements, analysis of geophysical data.

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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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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!