Field Trip Registration is closed. There are a couple of seats open on Field Trip #1 May 5-8th. Contact Kristen Benchley by April 27th if interested.
Also, Field Trip #3 to the Historic Comstock Lode on May 6th has some seats open. You must register onsite by May 2nd and email Kristen to let her know.
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Popular field trips have wait lists. To add your name to a wait list on a full trip, please contact Kristen Benchley (email@example.com) or Cheri Reimann (firstname.lastname@example.org) to add your name or for more information.
FT#5 IS FULL: Epithermal Deposits of the Walker Lane, Nevada (4 days – April 28-May 1, 2022)
Crown area (Daisy, Secret Pass, SNA)
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#4 CLOSED: Seismic Hazards & Evolving Landscapes, Reno-Carson-Tahoe Area (1 day – Sunday, May 1, 2022)
James McNeil, Student
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#2 CANCELLED: Structural Controls of Geothermal Systems (THIS TRIP HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR 2022)
If you were registered for this trip, you will be given a refund or allowed to sign up for another open trip. Please contact Kristen Benchley (email@example.com) or Cheri Reimann (firstname.lastname@example.org).
FT#1: Epithermal Deposits of Northern Nevada & Southwestern Idaho (May 5-8, 2022)
Brady’s Hot Spring
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, hot rocks, genesis and exploration criteria, including the subtle expressions of the upper portions of bonanza ore shoots. Overviews of mid-Tertiary geology and controls on deposit formation will be discussed at visits to DeLamar, Sandman and Goldbanks, and complimented by evening talks on Katey, Fire Creek and the Northern Nevada Rift. Additionally, the field trip will look at late Tertiary faulting and geothermal activity, and its relationship to understanding epithermal systems by examining the geologic setting at Rye Patch and Bradys. This trip is designed for experienced geologist, mining engineers, and other seeking to learn about gold-silver deposits associated extensional tectonics and volcanic activity.
FT#3: The Famous Comstock Gold & Silver District (Lecture May 5th afternoon, 1 day – Friday, May 6th)
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#6 1 SPOT LEFT!): Carlin and Associated Gold Deposits of Northern Nevada (May 5-8, 2022)
i80 Gold core shed
Carlin Trend surface tour & drill core review
Visiting some of the largest classic Carlin districts and distal-disseminated style gold deposits, this trip will provide a view of the geology, mineralization styles, and structural controls on the giant, Eocene age, world-class sediment-hosted mineralizing systems of the northern Great Basin.