The New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources has published geoscience research and information since its inception in 1927. Our publishing program serves both the professional geologic community and the general public. Many of our publications are now offered in electronic format, and most of those are available for free download. However, many of our older publications and selected newer publications are available in print.
We also carry publications from the New Mexico Geological Society (NMGS), United States Geological Survey (USGS), as well as other publishers.
Below is a selection of the more recent publications we have available:
Guidebook-68 — The Geology of the Ouray-Silverton Area
By: Karl E. Karlstrom, David A. Gonzales, Matthew J. Zimmerer, Matthew Heizler, and Dana S. Ulmer-Scholle, 2017
The 2017 NMGS Fall Field Conference examines the geologic history exposed in the Ouray-Silverton area of southwestern Colorado. The diverse and extensive geologic record in this area reveals events that span nearly 2 billion years. Many aspects of the geologic record exposed here are similar to northern New Mexico, such that "across the border" comparisons are important for understanding regional geology. Past NMGS field conferences to the western San Juan Mountains were held in 1957 and 1968. This 2017 conference serves as a retrospective of geologic advances over this timeframe and a snapshot of future research directions. Proterozoic basement in the San Juan Mountains include 1.8-1.7 Ga metamorphic and igneous rocks of the Yavapai province, and the overlying Uncompahgre Group, both of which may have correlatives in northern New Mexico. Paleozoic and Mesozoic stratigraphic units of the San Juan Mountains are uplifted to 3-km elevations in a dome-shaped uplift that borders the northern San Juan basin where correlative units are as much as 3 km below sea level. In the Oligocene, caldera-forming rhyolite and dacite ignimbrite eruptions of the San Juan Volcanic Field formed a volcanic highland composed of an extensive volcaniclastic apron that extended across northern New Mexico. Young (post-15 Ma) uplift and magmatism in the San Juan Mountains continues to shape the topography. World class ore deposits of southwestern Colorado reflect the same range in ages observed in the uplift and magmatic history with Laramide, mid-Tertiary, and post-15 Ma components. Quaternary geomorphology involves glacial records and deep incision along the Animas and Uncompahgre rivers. TheSan Juan Mountains are the headwaters for radial rivers, the Rio Grande, Rio Chama, Rio San Juan, and Rio Dolores systems, and snowpack variations dramatically influence surface water supply for the Four Corners region. Human history involves early native populations, historic mining rushes, and present-day skiing and recreation communities.
There are two versions of this guidebook available, the complete guidebook (219 pages), and a version with just the road logs that is spiral bound (82 pages).
NMGS, 219 pages, 16 color plates
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
Memoir-50A — Energy and Mineral Resources of New Mexico: Petroleum Geology
By: Ronald F. Broadhead, 2017
With oil and natural gas production contributing a significant portion of New Mexico’s economy, this volume discusses the most important geologic formations and regions for these resources. The chapter includes oil and gas resources of the Permian Basin and San Juan Basin, coalbed methane production in the Raton Basin, and other frontier basins with potential petroleum resources. Additional discussion includes carbon dioxide production from the Bravo Dome and helium production in central New Mexico.
Memoir-50B — Energy and Mineral Resources of New Mexico: Coal Resources
By: Gretchen K. Hoffman, 2017
New Mexico’s coal resources, predominantly located in the San Juan and Raton Basins, have affected the state’s growth and development, and have been significant economic drivers. As alternative energy resources are considered nationally, New Mexico still generates a significant amount of power using its coal resources. This volume provides a geologic review of New Mexico’s coal-bearing regions and formations, as well as discussing important coalbed methane reserves.
Memoir-50C — Energy and Mineral Resources of New Mexico: Uranium Resources
By: Virginia T. McLemore and William L. Chenoweth, 2017
Some of the world’s greatest uranium reserves, used for power generation and in a variety of industrial applications, are found in the state of New Mexico. This volume provides an extensive review of the geology of these uranium resources, covering where they are found, predominantly in the Grants district in the Morrison Formation. Additional review of the uranium potential in minor deposits is also included.
Memoir-50D — Energy and Mineral Resources of New Mexico: Metallic Mineral Deposits
By: Virginia T. McLemore and Virgil W. Lueth, 2017
Metallic mineral deposits have been produced in New Mexico since prehistoric times and occur in more than 230 different mining districts in the state. This volume describes the formation of these metallic minerals in distinct time periods of New Mexico’s rich geologic history. Readers will find detailed information about the most economic and critical types of metals produced in the state, as well as those which may become important in the future.
Memoir-50E — Energy and Mineral Resources of New Mexico: Industrial Minerals and Rocks
By: Virginia T. McLemore and George S. Austin, 2017
One of New Mexico’s riches are the abundant industrial minerals and rocks, which are used to make a variety of products including ceramics, plastics, paper, and aggregate for roads. This volume reviews the locations of many geologic occurrences of important industrial rocks and minerals such as potash, perlite, zeolite, travertine, scoria, and magnetite. Readers will also find discussion of recently explored districts, with new mining interests in minerals such as beryllium, titanium and rare earth elements.
Memoir-50F — Energy and Mineral Resources of New Mexico: Overview of the Valles Caldera (Baca) Geothermal System
By: Fraser Goff and Cathy J. Goff, 2017
In New Mexico, the most carefully studied and best understood geothermal system is found at the Valles caldera. This massive and unique Quaternary volcanic complex contains a relatively small geothermal system, which has had decades of exploration and attempts at development. From the history of discovery and research of this geothermal system to the geochemistry and geologically sourced heat, this volume covers the important discoveries and details of the Valles caldera geothermal system.
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
Bulletin-161 — Geology and Hydrology of Groundwater-Fed Springs and Wetlands at La Cienega, Santa Fe County, New Mexico
By: P.S. Johnson, D.J. Koning, S.S. Timmons, and B. Felix, 2016
La Cienega's springs and wetlands are important hydrologic, ecologic and cultural resources, and provide many beneficial water-related functions. The wetlands discharge groundwater from regional and local aquifers that provide the sole water source for the southern Santa Fe region. We investigate the wetland system by examining the hydrologic interactions manifested in the wetland water balance. This investigation addresses all aspects of the wetland system, including:
- The links between geology, groundwater flow, and wetland location
- Groundwater conditions surrounding the wetlands
- Chemical, isotopic and age indicators of water sources for the wetlands
- The effects of climate variability on streamflow and groundwater levels
- Wetland evapotranspiration
- Groundwater depletion and water-level declines
The various data are integrated into a physical, conceptual model of wetland hydrogeology, which can support and enhance wetland conservation plans. To be successful in their objectives, hydrologic models and wetland management plans must incorporate the hydrogeologic features that create and maintain the wetlands.
This publication won the AASG/GSA John C. Frye Memorial Environmental Geology Award for 2016.
Supplemental data: Repository-20160001
CD or DVD-ROM format
Also available as a free download.
Guidebook-67 — Guidebook 67 - Geology of the Belen Area
By: Bonnie A. Frey, Karl E. Karlstrom, Spencer G. Lucas, Shannon Williams, Kate Zeigler, Virginia McLemore, and Dana S. Ulmer-Scholle, 2016
The Belen area is uniquely situated along the Rio Grande rift; with the Basin and Range not far to the west and the Great Plains not far to the east, the geology here is diverse. The focus of this guidebook extends from Bernardo to Los Lunas and from the Manzano Mountains to the mesas west of the Rio Puerco. Many people travel this central New Mexico corridor along I-25, and this guidebook will provide a broad look at the geology in and around Belen. Topics include the southern Albuquerque Basin and the underlying structure relative to the Rio Grande rift flanks; tectonic events and metamorphic processes related to the Priest pluton emplacement in the Manzano Mountains; a late Paleozoic Lagerstätten uncovered in Carrizo Arroyo in the western mesas; and the travertine rock record and its modern-day analog. These topics are only a glimpse of what can be found in this guidebook’s five roadlogs, 28 papers, and 16 color plates.
There are two versions of this guidebook available, the complete guidebook (512 pages), and a version with just the road logs that is spiral bound (172 pages).
NMGS, 512 pages