GSN Dinner Meeting—Friday, September 22—RSVP by Sept. 20

Lithium and Gold Associated with Rhyolitesa Preview of the Society of Economic Geologists Field Course in September 2018Lecture by Jonathan Price

A message from Laura Ruud, Geological Society of Nevada (GSN) Executive Manager
:  Welcome back to the regular Fall meetings of the GSN after a busy and hopefully fruitful summer.  The meeting is this Friday, September 22, 2017 at the Reno Elks Lodge, 597 Kumle Lane, Reno, Nevada.  Our speaker is Jonathan Price, Nevada State Geologist Emeritus.  His abstract is pasted below.

Drinks are sponsored this month by BOART LONGYEAR!
Bar opens at 6 p.m., Dinner is at 7 p.m. and the talk will begin at 7:45 p.m.
Dinner cost is $25/each and dinner reservations are due no later than this Wednesday, September 20th at Midnight!  Pre-pays are due in the GSN office by noon on Wednesday. Student members eat free if they are current on their dues and make a reservation.

Please email your reservation to Laura Ruud at the GSN office: or call the office at 775-323-3500.  

(If you make a dinner reservation and No show/No cancel by Thursday night, you will be invoiced for $25 after the meeting, students included.)

SPEAKER:   Jonathan G. Price, NBMG and Nevada State Geologist Emeritus

TITLE:  “Lithium and Gold Associated with Rhyolites – a Preview of the Society of Economic Geologists Field Course in September 2018”
PLACE:  Reno Elks Lodge, 597 Kumle Lane, Reno, Nevada

TIME:   6:00 p.m. – Drinks and dinner check-in begins

7:00 p.m. – Buffet dinner ($25 at the door or pre-pay with the attached form)

7:45 p.m. – Announcements and Talk begins

Please remember that it is time to renew your membership dues for 2018 fiscal year.  You can click here to renew online  []



Laura Ruud


Abstract:  Ruth Carraher, Ted Wilton, and Jon Price will be co-leading a pre-SEG-meeting field course from Reno.  Dates are September 18-21, 2018, with three nights at the Mizpah Hotel in Tonopah.  We will examine active mines (the lithium-brine operation in Clayton Valley and the Round Mountain gold mine) and exploration projects (Eastside project in the Monte Cristo Range, Hasbrouck Mountain, lithium-clay deposits near Silver Peak, and brine targets in other basins), geochemical and geophysical data, and tectonic setting to address a series of questions about lithium and gold deposits.  What is the relation of magma chemistry to mineralization?  Is melting of peculiar crust necessary?  How do lithium-rich brines and lithium-rich clay deposits form?  What are the roles of meteoric water and hydrothermal fluids in the formation of the lithium deposits?  How does eruption of tuff impact potential gold mineralization?  How important is tectonic setting to the development of world-class lithium and gold deposits?  What are the best guides for exploration?  The GSN talk will begin to address these questions.


Bio:  Jon is a consulting geologist and the Nevada State Geologist EmeritusJon was the State Geologist and Director of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology from 1988 until his retirement from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2012.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in geology and German from Lehigh University and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in geology from the University of California, Berkeley.


His geological career has included experience with industry, teaching, research, and government.  He has worked in copper, iron, uranium, and gold exploration and mining; taught undergraduate and graduate geology courses and supervised graduate theses; and conducted and directed research at state geological surveys.  He was the 1997 President of the American Institute of Professional Geologists, the 1998-2002 President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Western States Seismic Policy Council, the 2000-2001 President of the Association of American State Geologists, the 2003 President of the Society of Economic Geologists, the 2006-2007 President of the Nevada Petroleum Society, the 2014-2015 President of the Geological Society of Nevada, and the 2015-2016 President of the Geological Society of America.  During 1993 and 1994, he was on loan to the National Research Council as the staff director of the Board on Earth Sciences and Resources. 


Jon was the 2009 recipient of the American Geological Institute’s Medal in Memory of Ian Campbell for Superlative Service to the Geosciences, the 2010 recipient of the Geological Society of America’s Public Service Award in Honor of Eugene and Carolyn Shoemaker, the 2012 recipient of the Western States Seismic Policy Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2013 recipient of the Gold Medal of the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America, and the 2013 recipient of the Ben H. Parker Memorial Medal of the American Institute of Professional Geologists.


Jon’s consulting work has included projects with mining and exploration companies, mineral-rights owners, and federal agencies, including investigation of mining fraud and review of the fate of radionuclides from underground nuclear explosions.

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