2020/2021 Meetings

The AEG Souhern Nevada Chapter holds dinner meetings eight times per year.  Meetings are usually held on the second Tuesday of the month at the Embassy Suites Convention Center located at 3600 Paradise Road (just north of Twain/Sands) in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Each meeting features a presentation regarding a pertinent geological, environmental, or other relevant science-based issue.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the October Meeting will be a

webinar run by AEG National.  An email will be sent out next

month on how to join.  Stay tuned!



October Meeting
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
“Nevada’s Rapidly Evolving Landscapes: Heir Apparent to the San Andreas Fault” 

By: Dr. James Faulds

Nevada State Geologist


The Nevada State Geologist, Dr. James Faulds, will give a PowerPoint presentation describing major research activities at the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG).  NBMG is a research and public service unit of UNR and serves as the state geological survey of Nevada. His talk will focus on the Walker Lane, which is a youthful strike-slip fault system cutting through western Nevada and eastern California.  It currently accommodates ~20% of the dextral motion between the Pacific and North American plates and may eventually evolve into the primary plate boundary, usurping the San Andreas Fault.  An arm of the Walker Lane extends into the Las Vegas area of southern Nevada.  Having this incipient plate boundary in our backyard enhances seismicity in the region but also induces abundant geothermal activity. Thus, Nevada has more renewable geothermal energy resources than any other state. 

Joint meeting with Great Basin Chapter. This is the 30th anniversary of the first meeting of the Southern Nevada Chapter and the first meeting of the Great Basin Chapter in October 1990.


Jim Faulds is the Nevada State Geologist, Director of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG), and Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR).  NBMG is a research and public service unit of UNR and is the state geological survey of Nevada.  Faulds is a structural geologist with 30+ years of experience.  He has been with UNR and NBMG since 1997, first as Professor and then serving as NBMG Director since 2012.  He earned his B.S. at the University of Montana, M.S. at the University of Arizona, and Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico.  He has studied crustal deformation in many parts of the world, including much of the western U.S., western Turkey, and New Zealand.  His research has focused on how fault systems initiate and evolve through time.  In recent years, he has been analyzing the favorable structural settings and exploration strategies of geothermal systems in the western U.S., Turkey, New Zealand, and elsewhere. His geothermal journeys have included short-term appointments with the French Geological Survey   and both the Geological Survey and the University of Canterbury in New Zealand (as an Erskine Teaching Fellow) while on sabbaticals.  He has published over 100 papers and dozens of geologic maps.  He has also taught courses in structural geology, tectonics, geothermal exploration, and field geology, while serving as advisor for more than 25 graduate students. 

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November 10, 2020
A Geotechnical and Remote Sensing Approach to Monitor Rock Slope Stability within a Railroad Corridor near Caliente, Nevada, by Dr. El Hachemi Bouali, Assistant Professor of Geosciences at Nevada State College
January 12, 2020
Hydrogeology of Shallow Groundwater Contaminant Plumes in Las Vegas, NDEP guidance, and NDEP  Cleanup Prioritization, by Ben Moan, Supervisor, Remediation and Leaking UST Branch, Bureau of Corrective Actions, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
February 9, 2021
Groundwater Remediation Sites in Las Vegas Complicated by Significant Depth to Water Fluctuations
by Keith Stewart, President, Stewart Environmental Inc., Las Vegas


March 9, 2021
Groundwater Injection in Orange County, CA for Aquifer Recharge and to Create a Hydraulic Barrier to Saltwater Intrusion, by John Bonsangue, Director of Recharge and Wetland Operations, Orange County Water District.
April 13, 2021
Coping With Megadrought in the Colorado River Basin, by Eric Kuhn, former General Manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District, Colorado.
May 11, 2021
Coastal Landslides and Highway Management: Big Sur, California, by Cheryl Hapke, Jahns Lecturer, Senior Consultant, Marine Science and Engineering Practice, Integral Consulting, St. Petersburg, Florida.
May 29 or June 5, 2021
Annual Field Trip, TBD

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