The New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources has published geoscience research and information since its inception in 1927. The bookstore at our main office on the campus of New Mexico Tech in Socorro sells our publications as well as publications from NMGS, USGS, and many other publishers. Our bookstore is accross the hall from our Mineral Museum, which is well worth a visit.
Below is a selection of popular featured products that we currently have available:
Bulletin-162 — Lifetime projections for the High Plains Aquifer in east-central New Mexico
By: Geoffrey C. Rawling and Alex J. Rinehart, 2018
East-central New Mexico is dependent on groundwater from the High Plains aquifer for agricultural, municipal, industrial, and domestic uses. Ongoing declines of water levels in the High Plains aquifer are well-known and have led residents and decision-makers to speculate on the usable life of the aquifer. This Bulletin presents aquifer lifetime projections for eastcentral New Mexico based on projecting historical water-level trends into the future using over 1,500 wells. Projections for the useful lifetime of the aquifer for agricultural and municipal/domestic-use scenarios are described. Several quantitative measures of the reliability of the results are presented. The results are stark, with projected usable lifetimes in many areas only ten years or less. Much of the region already has insufficient saturated thickness for the operation of large-capacity irrigation wells.
47 pages, 1 appendix
Supplemental data: Repository-20180002
CD or DVD-ROM format
Also available as a free download.
Resource Map-24 — Mining Districts and Prospect Areas in New Mexico
By: Virginia T. McLemore, 2017
This Resource Map locates and describes 246 mining areas in New Mexico (excluding coal fields). The included booklet begins with a brief description of the history of mining in New Mexico and is followed by discussions of previous work, mining claims, the definition of a mining district, mining methods, and classification of mineral deposits. Short descriptions of individual mining districts and prospect areas in New Mexico are in Appendix 1. Appendix 2 includes metal production from selected districts. Appendix 3 is a summary of previous mining districts maps. This report updates File and Northrop (1966), Howard (1967), and Mardirosian (1971), the last comprehensive summaries of all mining districts in New Mexico.
65 pages, One map sheet: 24" x 28"
Supplemental data: Repository-20170001
Memoir-50 — Energy and Mineral Resources of New Mexico: Boxed Set
By: see individual volumes, 2017
This boxed set of six volumes provides the most comprehensive and extensive review of New Mexico’s energy and mineral resources to-date. Each volume focuses on the geologic nature of the resource, the history of the resource development in New Mexico, and their importance to the world and New Mexico’s economy. Written by New Mexico’s own experts in the fields, this set covers energy resources of petroleum, natural gas, coal, uranium, and geothermal, along with the resources of metals and industrial minerals and rocks.
This memoir is published jointly by the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources and the New Mexico Geological Society.
Energy and Mineral Resources of New Mexico, NMBGMR, Memoir 50 and NMGS Special Publication 13 (six-volume boxed set)
A: Petroleum Geology — Ronald F. Broadhead
B: Coal Resources — Gretchen K. Hoffman
C: Uranium Resources — Virginia T. McLemore and William L. Chenoweth
D: Metallic Mineral Deposits — Virginia T. McLemore and Virgil W. Lueth
E: Industrial Minerals and Rocks — Virginia T. McLemore and George S. Austin
F: Overview of the Valles Caldera (Baca) Geothermal System — Fraser Goff and Cathy J. Goff
Boxed set, Volumes A-F
Special Publication-15 — A History of the Geology Program at New Mexico State University: 1890 to 2015
By: Thomas H. Giordano, 2022
The history behind the Department of Geological Sciences at New Mexico State University goes back one hundred and thirty years and is complex. This history, as told in the pages of this monograph, documents the important details behind the founding of the NMSU geology program and its growth and evolution to 2015. The program's history is conveniently divided into three administrative phases. Phase I comprises the first 55 years, during which the program's activities were managed by one or two regular academic departments of the University. In the Earth Sciences phase, the geology program was administered as a division, along with one or two other divisions in the same department. In its third phase, the geology program became a regular academic department within the College of Arts and Sciences, its current status as the Department of Geological Sciences. Two obvious legacies of NMSU's geology program are the Department of Geological Sciences and the geophysics program in the Department of Physics. However, the program's legacy is also reflected in the students who have taken its courses and the program's research output through the efforts of its faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Since the mid-1960s, the geology program has produced a vast amount of research that has led to a sophisticated understanding of the geology of southern New Mexico and adjacent areas. Finally, through a better understanding of the geology program's academic evolution, the program's alumni and current students, faculty, and staff will have a more profound appreciation of their academic experience at New Mexico State University
This publication can be downloaded for free or can be purchased as an on-demand printed book.
NMGS, 45 pages
Socks with Valles Caldera geologic map
By: McGovern, 2021
Are you looking for the perfect New Mexico-themed gift to give your favorite geologist (even if that geologist is you)? If so, check out these sizzling socks, featuring a map of the Valles Caldera! The caldera formed during two volcanic super-eruptions that took place 1.6 and 1.2 million years ago and were so powerful that erupted ash is found in Kansas, Utah and Wyoming!
The Geology of Southern NM Parks, Monuments, and Public Lands
By: Peter A. Scholle, Dana S. Ulmer-Scholle, Steven M. Cather, Shari A. Kelley, and [eds.], 2020
Southern New Mexico has a wonderful combination of spectacular scenery and a sparse population. The state’s diverse and interesting geology is reflected in its numerous National and State parks and monuments (including Carlsbad Caverns and White Sands) as well as other publicly accessible lands, which range in size from the multi-million acre Gila wilderness to small roadside turnoffs and picnic areas. This book, crafted by geoscientists but written for the interested public, provides an understanding of the exposed rock units that record more than 1.7 billion years of geologic and biologic changes in this region. With nearly 400 full-color photographs, geologic maps, and illustrations, this book illuminates not just the rocks and fossils of southern New Mexico, but also archaeological/historical sites as well as the water, mineral, and energy resources of the region.
Free sample chapter — White Sands
Guidebook-71 — Geology of the Mount Taylor area
By: Bonnie A. Frey, Shari A. Kelley, Kate E. Zeigler, Virginia T. McLemore, Fraser Goff, and Dana S. Ulmer-Scholle, 2021
The Mt. Taylor area is a crossroad where geologic history, human history, and societal impacts intersect. Situated on the eastern edge of the Colorado Plateau and flanking the transition zone to the Rio Grande rift, Mt. Taylor is a late Pliocene stratovolcano located on the Jemez Lineament, an enigmatic NE-trending alignment of late Cenozoic volcanic centers. Mt. Taylor lies along the southeast margin of the San Juan Basin bounded by the Zuni (south) and Nacimiento (east) uplifts. Mt. Taylor also has some of the richest uranium deposits in the United States.
The human history of the Mt. Taylor region is no less compelling. Indigenous communities lived here for thousands of years despite Spanish conquest and the establishment of land grants. In the 1800s, the area was settled as part of a U.S. territory, bringing with it commerce such as the railroad and timber industries, and later the uranium boom and its lasting legacy. Additional corridors of commerce opened with Route 66, succeeded by Interstate 40. The designation of Mt. Taylor as a Traditional Cultural Property recognizes the mountain's importance to Native, Spanish and U.S. cultures.
The papers in this volume cover a spectrum of topics, ranging from geologic studies and mining history to the effects of mining on the population and the environment today.
There are two versions of this guidebook available, the complete guidebook (310 pages), and a version with just the road logs that is spiral bound (94 pages).
NMGS, 310 pages
Individual papers from this guidebook are available as free downloads from the NMGS site.
NM Bureau of Geology Mineral Museum Gray Adjustable Souvenir Hat
By: New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, 2019
Look great and support the New Mexico Bureau of Geology's Mineral Museum with this fun, stylish hat! Order yours today! *FREE SHIPPING*-LIMITED TIME ONLY! Cart will indicate shipping but you will not be charged!
Adjustable gray cap with purple embroidered front and back lettering and image.
Geologic road log: Cumbres and Toltec scenic railroad
By: Shari Kelly, Peter Barkmann, Rob Benson, Jonathan Lovekin, and Lisa Dunn, 2021
This geologic road log describes the diverse geology exposed along the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad between Antonito, Colorado and Chama, New Mexico. The booklet was designed for use on the annual “Geotrain” excursion offered by the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad each summer since 2011. The geologic journey begins in the San Luis Basin in the Rio Grande rift, traverses the southern San Juan volcanic field, and ends in the Chama Basin. The booklet includes a brief introduction to the regional geology of the area, a discussion of the engineering geology associated with building and maintaining the railroad, and descriptions of outcrops exposed in road cuts along the rail line.
Mount Taylor Puzzle
By: Fraser Goff, Shari A. Kelley, Cathy J. Goff, David J. McCraw, G. Robert Osbourn, John R. Lawrence, Paul G. Drakos, and Steven J. Skotnicki, 2018
This vibrant 19 x 27" 1000 piece puzzle version of our Geologic Map of Mount Taylor will keep you from finishing that geochemistry paper you should be writing.