2021 dates will be finalized and published later this year. The field trips run in 2021 will be the same as the planned 2020 field trips described below.
Popular field trips will have a waitlist, however registration will be first come first serve.
FT#1: Epithermal Deposits of Northern Nevada & Southwestern Idaho
DeLamar (Idaho), Midas, Hollister, Mule Canyon, Fire Creek. Stops at Bradys Hot Springs, Rye Patch/Humboldt House.
This field trip will examine several epithermal precious-metal deposits located along mid-Miocene rifts in northern Nevada and southwestern Idaho. The focus of the trip will be on deposit characteristics, host rocks, genesis, and exploration criteria, including subtle expressions of the upper portions of bonanza ore shoots. Overviews of mid-Tertiary regional structural settings will be discussed at Mule Canyon, Fire Creek, and Beowawe. Late Tertiary faulting and geothermal activity will be examined at Rye Patch/Humboldt and Bradys. This trip is designed for experienced geologists, mining engineers, and others seeking to learn about gold-silver deposits associated with Miocene-age volcanic rocks.
FT#2: Structural Controls of Geothermal Systems
Hot Springs Mtns
Brady’s Hot Springs, Desert Peak, San Emidio-Wind Mountain, Gerlach, Blue Mountain, Florida Canyon
Nevada has more geothermal resources than any other state, but most of these resources are hidden with no surface manifestations. This two day trip will examine the structural controls on currently active geothermal systems in western Nevada and the similarities between these present-day geothermal systems and late Miocene-Pliocene epithermal mineral deposits. In some areas, the current geothermal activity is collocated with the epithermal mineral deposits. We will focus on viewing several representative, favorable structural settings for hydrothermal systems and how we can apply this knowledge to both geothermal and mineral exploration.
FT#3: The Famous Comstock Gold & Silver District
Virginia City Epithermal district
This one day trip will explore the complex geologic setting of one of the richest epithermal districts in the U.S. The trip will consider the characteristics of several superimposed hydrothermal systems in the Virginia City area near Reno.
FT#4: Seismic Hazards & Evolving Landscapes, Reno-Carson-Tahoe Area
Petersen Mountain fault along Red Rock Road
Warm Springs Valley fault in the southern Honey Lake basin
This field trip will focus on research on the relative activity of earthquake faults in the northern Walker Lane, near Reno, Nevada. The northern Walker Lane accommodates approximately 7 mm per year of right-lateral shear and contains numerous active faults capable of producing large earthquakes. Several recent paleoseimic studies have been completed in this area and have included mapping of Quaternary deposits and fault scarps, subsurface trenching, and geochronologic analyses on faulted deposits. We will visit several of the paleoseismic sites and discuss the geomorphic expression of active fault traces, the number and timing of paleo-earthquakes, and implications to seismic hazards assessment in the Reno area.
FT#5: Epithermal Deposits of the Walker Lane, Nevada
Secret Canyon & Daisy Pits
Silicon, Sterling, N. Bullfrog
Exploration in the central portion of the Walker Lane has been hot in recent years. This field trip will examine the relationships between low-sulfidation, high-sulfidation, and sediment-hosted disseminated gold/silver deposits. Detachment tectonics will add some spice to this fascinating brew of deposits.
FT#6: Introduction to Carlin Gold Deposits
Twin Creeks, Turquoise Ridge
Cortez District including Fourmile and Goldrush
What are the classic features of this important class of gold deposits? Find out by visiting several major deposits along three trends on this trip designed for geologists wanting an introduction to Carlin deposits or an update on the most current geologic thoughts about them.