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AGI Geoscience Factsheets released for all 50 states
September 6, 2018

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.

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"Tech Trek" 2019 geoscience education program funded by Halliburton Foundation
August 31, 2018

The New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources has received a $23,690 grant to support geoscience education at the summer 2019 American Assocation of University Women "Tech Trek" program.

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Drone imagery from Bureau scientist, Matt Zimmerer, selected as finalist for 2018 NSF "Vizzies"
June 27, 2018

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.

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Virginia McLemore
USDI publishes list of critical minerals, many are found in NM
May 21, 2018

On May 18, 2018, the U.S. Department of Interior published the final list of 35 critical minerals after reviewing 453 public comments. Many of these critical minerals are found in New Mexico.

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Regional Groundwater Monitoring Along the Animas River Continues Animas River Valley
May 14, 2018

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.

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Bonnie Frey
Bureau scientists contribute to uranium exhibit at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, Albuquerque, NM
May 14, 2018

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)

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NASA Astronaut Candidate Field Geology Training in Taos County, NM Questa, NM
May 8, 2018

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]...

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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.

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New Grant from the USGS National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program (NGGDPP) Socorro, NM
May 7, 2018

This funding will help us to convert maps to GeMs format, scan historical mine records, and digitize images of petrographic slides.

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Funding granted for constructing a structural contour map of the northern Española Basin Santa Fe and Rio Arriba Counties
May 7, 2018

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).

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