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:
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
Open-file Report-607 — Sunshine Valley Hydrogeology Study
By: Geoffrey Rawling and Shari Kelley, 2020
The regional hydrologic importance of the Sunshine Valley of northern Taos County, New Mexico, is belied by its remote location and sparse population. This is due to the large increase in flow of the Rio Grande in the reach adjacent to Sunshine Valley, and the transfer of 1,752 acre-feet per year of water rights downstream from the valley as part of the Aamodt Settlement Agreement. There has been no detailed hydrologic investigation of the region since the 1950s. This study integrates new physical and chemical hydrologic data, field geophysical investigations, and previous work and historical data to elucidate the hydrologic regime in the valley and document changes to the groundwater system since the 1950s. A hydrologic conceptual model and water budget for the aquifer system were prepared.
CD or DVD-ROM format
Also available as a free download.
Geologic Map-80 — Geologic Map of Mount Taylor Volcano Area, New Mexico
By: Fraser Goff, Shari A. Kelley, Cathy J. Goff, David J. McCraw, G. Robert Osburn, John R. Lawrence, Paul G. Drakos, and Steven J. Skotnicki, 2019
The Geologic Map of the Mount Taylor Volcano Area, New Mexico is a 1:36,000 compilation of six recent NMBGMR 1:24,000 geologic quadrangles that encompass this extinct composite stratovolcano. Mount Taylor is New Mexico’s second-largest volcano after the Valles Caldera in the Jemez Mountains. This timely map and accompanying report, resulting from over a decade of thorough work, synthesizes the current geologic understanding of such an important landscape feature of the state.
For such a complex volcanic landform, the report provides an exhaustive description of the volcano area in an easy-to-read format. In addition to providing a detailed description of each of the map’s 339 units and dikes, it documents the volcano’s history and history of research, its geochemical and petrographic composition, the phases of its construction ranging from the initial to the terminal eruptions, 3.72–1.26 million years ago, and its subsequent erosion, resulting in the summit Amphitheater and its extensive apron of debris. It describes the surrounding volcanic centers, the structure of the area, and the extensive dikes and maars. After touching on the water resources, hydrothermal alteration and mineralization, and geothermal potential, the report concludes with a conceptual model of volcano evolution.
Available folded or rolled on field-durable media. There is also a puzzle version of this geologic map.
One 62" x 44" folded sheet + 66 page booklet
Guidebook-70 — Geology of the Raton-Clayton Area
By: Frank Ramos, Matthew J. Zimmerer, Kate Zeigler, and Dana Ulmer-Scholle, 2019
The Raton-Clayton area is known for its intertwined geologic, biologic, and human histories. Over thirty years have passed since the NMGS Fall Field Conference was last held in northeastern NM. Recently, numerous workers have focused on Mesozoic stratigraphy, Laramide tectonics, late Quaternary volcanism, landscape evolution, groundwater characterization, and induced seismicity. The field conference will highlight aspects of the current and ongoing research. The area hosts spectacular and diverse geology, often overlooked by travellers to this part of the state. We will examine the geologic, biological, and human histories of the mesas, volcanic peaks, and numerous valleys that riddle the landscape of the hi-lo country.
NMGS, 168 pages
Individual papers from this guidebook are available as free downloads from the NMGS site.
Open-file Report-605 — Mapping Suitability for Managed Aquifer Recharge in the Albuquerque Basin
By: Daniel J. Koning, Colin T. Cikoski, Alex J. Rinehart, and Andy P. Jochems, 2019
The suitability for managed aquifer recharge (MAR) in the eastern Albuquerque metropolitan area was mapped using weighted overlay analyses. The study area extends from the Rio Grande eastward to the Sandia Mountains and from Sandia Pueblo southward to ~1 mi (~2 km) south of Tijeras Arroyo. This area is under the jurisdiction of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA), which will likely be the main user of this work.
We produced two maps for MAR suitability, each with a grid cell resolution of 100 x 100 m: one showing the suitability for deep-injection recharge (i.e., pumping water directly into the saturated zone) and the other for shallow recharge (by infiltration or vadose- zone injection). These maps depict three color-coded suitability bins—low suitability, moderate suitability, and high suitability—as well as exclusionary zones. A third map predicts the susceptibility of different areas to soil hydrocompaction, a potential adverse consequence of infiltrating surface water into certain types of previously unsaturated soils.
This report includes map plates showing results of analyses as well as GIS data for the plates. Appendices also provide source data and analyses steps (see below).
CD or DVD-ROM format
Also available as a free download.
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.