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NMT student poster takes second place at AIPG meeting Santa Fe, NM
September 20, 2016

A poster titled "The Characterization of Abandoned Uranium Mines in New Mexico", by Ashlynne Winton, John Asafo-Akowuah, and Virginia T. McLemore took second place at the 2016 Annual National Conference of the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG) in Santa Fe. The first two authors are students being supervised by Virginia T. McLemore, Senior Economic Geologist at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources.

Healy Foundation grant to Aquifer Mapping Program Socorro, NM
September 15, 2016

Public-private partnership supports new efforts in groundwater level monitoring and aquifer mapping.

Bureau hydrogeology study covered by Taos News articles
September 12, 2016

"Study says there may be limits to sustainable growth south of Taos"

Perseid meteor shower: August 11-13
August 5, 2016

Predicted to be 200 meteors/hour — twice the normal rate!

Taos County honors Peggy Johnson with Community Service Award
June 29, 2016

On June 28, 2016, the Taos County Commissioners honored Bureau hydrogeologist Peggy Johnson with a Community Service Award for her 20 years of water-science work in the county.

Bulletin-161 wins John C. Frye Memorial Award for Evironmental Geology
June 1, 2016

Geology and Hydrology of Groundwater-Fed Springs and Wetlands at La Cienega, Santa Fe County, NM

Bureau Staff Present Papers at the National Groundwater Association Conference
February 29, 2016

On February 23-24, 2016, the National Groundwater Association Conference provided many presentations on the water resource challenges and potential solutions affecting the American Southwest. Among these presentations were four researchers from the Bureau. Dr. Geoffrey Rawling talked about the “Quantity and Location of Groundwater Recharge in the Sacramento Mountains,” followed soon after by Dr. Talon Newton discussing the “Sacramento Mountains Watershed Study: Can Thinning Trees Increase the Water Supply?”. Later in the program, Dr. Lewis Land presented a lively review of the “Brackish Water Recharge Rates in the Capitan Reef Aquifer.” Stacy Timmons presented an overview talk on “Characterizing Brackish Water in New Mexico.” The conference was attended by approximately 80 participants from various regions in the US, and other federal and New Mexico state agencies.

OFR-578 refines understanding of the geologic architecture within Rio Grande del Norte National Monument Questa, NM
February 16, 2016

A technical completion report for the village of Questa NM released as OFR-578, by the NM Bureau of Geology, in close collaboration with U.S. Geological Survey, refines our understanding of the geologic architecture of the new Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.

New study determines when the Valles caldera last erupted
January 25, 2016

A research team led by bureau geologist Dr. Matthew Zimmerer has determined that the youngest eruptions at Valles caldera occurred at about 68 and 74 thousand years ago. Valles caldera is a dormant supervolcano located in north-central New Mexico. Understanding the ages of the youngest series of eruptions has important implications for assessing the volcanic hazards as described in this recently published article. This research is part of a much larger project to understand the volcanic hazards throughout the region.

New Director and State Geologist, Matthew Rhoades, arrives at the Bureau of Geology
July 30, 2015

The New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources is pleased to welcome Matthew J. Rhoades as it's new director.

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