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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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Kirt Kempter (used with permission)
Funding granted for constructing a structural contour map of the northern EspaƱola 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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Kelsey McNamara
"Our Groundwater Future" event a success!
April 27, 2018

This well attended event honored Trudy and Ed Healy for their support of groundwater research in New Mexico, and was covered by local television news stations.

Bureau scientists Bruce Allen and Dave Love co-authors on "Science Advances" article about human-sloth interactions in North America
April 27, 2018

New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources scientists Bruce Allen and Dave Love are both co-authors on a "Science Advances" paper titled "Footprints preserve terminal Pleistocene hunt? Human-sloth interactions in North America". The work describes interactions between early humans and sloths, based on studies of 10,000 to 15,000 year old footprints at White Sands National Monument, and documents that humans hunted, or at least harassed, now-extinct giant ground sloth in the terminal Pleistocene. The New Yorker Magazine produced a nice summary of the scientific article, with an artist's impression of humans hunting a giant ground sloth.

Excellence in Geoscience Awards Presented
April 24, 2018
  • Junior Division: Lucia A Santoro-Velez
    Jefferson Middle School
  • Senior Division: Lillian K Petersen
    Los Alamos High School
Virginia McLemore named "Editor-in-Chief for Exploration" of new SME journal
April 20, 2018

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME) has named Dr. Viginia McLemore as Editor-in-Chief for Exploration of a new SME journal titled Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration. This new international research journal will begin publication in 2019. Dr. McLemore, Principal Sr. Economic Geologist at the NM Bureau of Geology, recently received the SME/AIME Environmental Stewardship Distinguished Service Award, and has been a very active member of SME.

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Our Groundwater Future Kiwanis Learning Garden, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque NM
April 19, 2018

Join us Thursday, April 26 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science to experience how groundwater is being monitored across the state and to hear how decision makers and collaborators are moving to protect New Mexico’s groundwater future. Keynote speakers will include Senator Mimi Stewart, Senator Howie Morales and Representative Gail Armstrong.

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Bureau of Geology Names Greg Mack as 2018 Earth Science Achievement Award Winner Macey Center, Socorro, NM
April 4, 2018

Award was presented during the New Mexico Geological Society Spring Meeting at 8:30 am on Friday, April 13, 2018.

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