Nevada Mineral Explorer Web Application—Just Released!

The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and the Nevada Division of Minerals are pleased to announce the release of the new Nevada Mineral Explorer! This new web application was planned for roll out during the 2020 GSN Symposium, but the postponement of that meeting has instead resulted in a virtual release with a full video tutorial and documentation. Contact Rachel Micander (, Lucia Patterson (, or others from the project team if you have any question or comments about this new application.

Nevada Mineral Explorer Web Application

By Rachel Micander, Lucia Patterson, Jennifer Vlcan, Emily O’Dean, Rich Perry, John Muntean, Mike Ressel, Mike Visher, and James Faulds

Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, University of Nevada, Reno
Nevada Division of Minerals, Carson City, Nevada

The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and the Nevada Division of Minerals have teamed up to produce the Nevada Mineral Explorer web application. Nevada Mineral Explorer is an interactive, user friendly, online map-making tool generated with Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS. Nevada Mineral Explorer does not require an ArcGIS license nor experience in using GIS programs. Nevada Mineral Explorer is available using an internet connection, and data are readily viewable and downloadable using any digital device with internet access. Map layers can be stacked, and viewing areas modified, and printed. Data from individual layers are easily exported to spreadsheets or GIS formats. This platform hosts a large number of map datasets useful for minerals exploration. The types of map data include:

  1. geographic (e.g., NAIP, topographic maps, PLSS, counties, etc.);
  2. land and mining claim status and location;
  3. geoscience (geology, geophysics, geochemistry, geochronology);
  4. historic mineral production and resources, active mines, historic mines and prospects; geothermal production sites; and
  5. exploration (property files, technical reports, plans of operation, BLM notices).

Mining has been an integral component of Nevada’s economy for more than 150 years, and it continues to play an important role today. Nevada consistently leads the nation in the yearly value of its mineral production and the amount spent on exploration activities. The state produces over 20 mineral commodities. The goal of Nevada Mineral Explorer is to bring together numerous datasets into one web application that will enable users to connect, utilize, and interact with available data layers quickly and directly, and download available datasets. Nevada Mineral Explorer functions as a research tool to facilitate an understanding of areas that have been previously explored. In addition, Nevada Mineral Explorer is a dynamic application that can be continuously updated with new information and datasets.

Link to the video tutorial:

Direct link to the Nevada Mineral Explorer web map.
NBMG Open Data.
NDOM Open Data.
NBMG Website.
NDOM Website.

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