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Memoir 50: "Energy and Mineral Resources of New Mexico” receives national award
June 4, 2018

The Association of American State Geologists awarded the Bureau's publication, Memoir 50: Energy and Mineral Resources in New Mexico the 2018 Charles J. Mankin Memorial Award at the annual GSA conference in Indiana,Tuesday Nov. 6, 2018. The Award is given each year to a nominated geological map, compilation, or report on regional, energy, or mineral resource geology published in the current year or one of the three preceding calendar years by a state geological survey.

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USGS identifies largest continuous oil & gas resource potential ever in Permian Basin Permian Basin, NM & TX
December 7, 2018

Estimates include 46.3 billion barrels of oil, 281 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, and 20 billion barrels of natural gas liquids in Texas and New Mexico’s Wolfcamp Shale and Bone Spring Formation.

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Tiffany Fire watershed — Restoration and management project funded  Socorro County, NM
November 28, 2018

The Tiffany Fire Watershed Restoration and Management project is a collaborative effort to restore the area affected by the Tiffany Fire, which burned 9,200 acres south of the Bosque Del Apache Wildlife Refuge along the Rio Grande riparian corridor in June 2017.

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Matt Zimmerer
Bureau scientists awarded NSF grant to study the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and related volcanism of the West Antarctic Rift System Antarctica
November 26, 2018

A three-year project will study how the West Antarctic Ice Sheet responded to climate change during the last interglacial period (approximately 125,000 years ago) by studying the glacial and volcanic history of Mount Waesche in West Antarctica. The team of scientists include Nelia Dunbar (NMBG director), Bill McIntosh (NMBG emeritus), Matt Zimmerer (NMBG field geologist), NMT graduate student Jeremy McComas, as well as collaborators from Harvard and the University of Maine.

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Dan Koning
Funding granted to map optimal areas for artificial recharge in the Albuquerque area Bernalillo County, NM
November 26, 2018

An aquifer can be considered like a bank account. The deposits or credits typically consist of natural recharge adding water to the aquifer (like precipitation or river water seeping into the ground and reaching the groundwater table). Withdrawals take water out of the aquifer, and can include discharge into rivers or pumping of wells. Most cities are concerned with the withdrawal side of the equation and hope nature takes care of the deposits. But Albuquerque has undertaken the progressive measure of inputting additional recharge (deposits) now so there will be sufficient water for future withdrawals, something called managed aquifer recharge (MAR). To that end, the Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA) has recently completed a well for deep injection of excess river water into the aquifer, and is currently running surface water down the upper part of Bear Canyon Arroyo for near-surface recharge.

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NSF funded research project to examine deep crystalline basement flow systems in extensional terrains Rio Grande rift
November 15, 2018

A newly funded NSF research project will study fluid mobility in cystalline rocks that are deep within the earth's crust. The research is being conducted by Jesus Gomez-Velez (Vanderbilt, formerly at NMT), Mark Person (NMT), and Shari Kelley (NMBGMR).

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Record Attendance for 2018 NM Mineral Symposium
November 13, 2018

The symposium had a record attendance of 281 people, and was action-packed from the "Friends of the Museum" reception on Friday evening through the talks and banquet, through the silent auction on Sunday morning. The meeting featured 13 talks, a number of which focused on minerals in New Mexico. Virgil Lueth, our Mineral Museum Director, presented a talk on "Color Stability in Minerals".

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AGI's "Earth as Inspiration" video released, featuring Bureau of Geology scientists teaching Jemez Pueblo students about volcanology Valles Caldera, NM
November 13, 2018

Bureau scientists joined AGI Earth Science Education Ambassador Sally Jewell for an outdoor earth science learning excercise in September 2018. They helped eighth-grade students from the Jemez Valley Middle School and San Diego Riverside Charter School explore the structure, deposits, and hazards posed by the super volcano in their own backyard at Valles Caldera National Preserve.

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Cynthia Connolly
Connie Apache awarded New Mexico Geological Society Honorary Membership Las Cruces, NM
October 26, 2018

Each year, the New Mexico Geological Society recognizes an individual who, over the years, has made extraordinary contributions to the society, and presents the person with a lifetime honorary membership. This year, Connie Apache, the administrative services coordinator at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, was the awardee. Congratulations, Connie, on this well-deserved honor!

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Mineral Museum Wins Best Institutional Exhibit at the 2018 Denver Gem & Mineral Show Gem & Mineral Show, Denver, CO
September 18, 2018

The New Mexico Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum took first prize in the museum display category at the 2018 Denver Gem & Mineral Show.

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