The American Geosciences Institute has released a series of Geoscience Factsheets, which "quantify vital contributions of geoscience (earth science) to the economy, environment, and public health and safety of every U.S. state", including New Mexico.
Drone imagery from bureau field geologist, Matt Zimmerer, was selected as a finalist for the National Science Foundation’s 2018 Visualization Challenge, also known as The Vizzies. His entry “A Drone’s View of Earth’s Surface” showcases the different types of imagery that can be captured by drones.
This study continues work done in the Animas Valley in Northwestern New Mexico over the past two years that aims to: (1) increase our understanding of geochemical processes related to existing inorganic contamination (i.e. metals) in the Animas River shallow aquifer with implications for potential contamination from specific sources, including the Gold King Mine (GKM) spill, and (2) monitor groundwater conditions to assess contamination due to the GKM spill and historical mining impacts.
A uranium research team from New Mexico Tech and the University of New Mexico has been given a great opportunity to showcase its work with an exhibit, which opened this month, at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque. The exhibit “What’s up with U?” includes substantial input from Bureau of Geology scientists Bonnie Frey and Virginia McLemore and was funded through Energize New Mexico, a National Science Foundation program (NM EPSCoR)
NASA has been using the Rio Grande Gorge area in Taos County for geology training since the Apollo missions in the 1960s. Since 1998, the New Mexico Bureau of Geology has assisted NASA with the training program. The 14-member astronaut class of 2017 will travel to the BLM Wild Rivers Recreation Area in June of 2018 for four days of intensive earth science education, including geologic mapping [read more]...
STATEMAP Program Funded for FY19
May 7, 2018
The NM Bureau of Geology was successful in getting an award from the STATEMAP component of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program for the FY19 state budget year. The competitive program requires a 50/50 match with state funds and New Mexico remains one of the top ranked geological surveys in the nation for getting this award. With this funding, our mapping program will continue with geologic mapping efforts in 5 high priority areas within the state, including the Rio Chama basin near Abiquiu, Rio Puerco west of Albuquerque, San Marcial basin North of T or C, east of Las Cruces, and along the Rio Pecos south of Carlsbad.
This project entails making a structural contour map of various hydrostratigraphic units within the Santa Fe Group for the northern Española Basin. It is a continuation of the geologic model made for the central-southern Española Basin (Cole et al., 2010).