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Explore Nevada’s Hot Springs Mountains in virtual field trip

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Posted at 3:48 PM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-15 18:50:06-04

Every year since 1998, the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology at the University of Nevada, Reno has invited the public to bounce along bumpy back roads to explore the incredible geology of Nevada as part of the celebration of National Earth Science Week.

This year, participants can explore from the comfort of their couches.

Due to the coronavirus, the Bureau will not lead a physical field trip. Instead, they have created a virtual field trip and story map about the Hot Springs Mountains in west-central Nevada, northeast of Fernley, as they aim to bring the outdoors and wonders of the unique state geology to you remotely.

Topics include the geology and natural history of the area, mining activities and hot springs and geothermal energy.

The public is invited to join the tour with geoscientists from the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology.

This year, Earth Science Week is celebrating the theme “Earth Materials in Our Lives.” In conjunction with the theme, the virtual field trip will tour the natural history and geological resources in the Hot Springs Mountains of west-central Nevada; bringing some beautiful scenery, fascinating geology and natural history directly to participants, wherever they are.

Details on how to participate will be available before the event on the Bureau’s Earth Science Week webpages.

Gov. Steve Sisolak, in an official proclamation, declared Oct. 11-17 as Earth Science Week in Nevada.