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Nevada State Geologist James Faulds to lecture March 28 in Carson City

By Chris Moran

CARSON CITY — State Geologist James E. Faulds will discuss how fault systems initiate and evolve through time in his lecture “Why is Nevada in Hot Water?” at 6:30 p.m. March 28 at the Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson St. in Carson City. The event is part of the museum’s Frances Humphrey Lecture Series.

Geothermal studies enhance understanding of what controls hot fluids in the earth’s crust and aid in exploration and discovery of energy resources. Scientists study geologic faults and stress conditions to determine where to drill.

Faulds won the 2012 Peer Review Excellence Award for his work on geothermal energy technology. He has been with Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology since 1997, originally as a research professor and now director and state geologist. He specializes in structural geology, tectonics and geothermal systems. He has studied crustal deformation in many parts of the world, including several regions of the United States and western Turkey.

Faulds’ research has contributed to developing more sophisticated exploration strategies for geothermal systems. He also has taught courses at the University of Nevada, Reno in structural geology, tectonics, geothermal exploration and field geology, including directing UNR’s geology field camp for five years.

The museum is at 600 N. Carson St. Doors open at 6 p.m. The program is free for museum members and for youth age 17 and younger. Regular adult admission is $8 and includes the lecture. For more information, contact Deborah Stevenson: [email protected] or 775-687-4810, ext. 237.


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