2021/2022 Meetings

The AEG Southern Nevada Chapter holds dinner meetings eight times per year.  Meetings are currently being held on the second Tuesday of the month at the Embassy Suites Las Vegas located at 4315 University Center Drive (Near UNLV between Harmon Avenue and Flamingo Road) in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Please note that this is a new venue from previously held 2019 Southern Nevada AEG Meetings.  Each meeting features a presentation regarding a pertinent geological, environmental, or other relevant science-based issue.

Check-in and Socialize 6:00 to 6:30 pm

Dinner: 6:30 pm

Presentation: 7:15 to 8:15 pm

 

Members:  $27.00

Non-members:  $32.00

Students: $15.00

Student Non-members: $20.00

Walk-ins: $37.00

Vegetarian options are available.  Just let us know when you

register!

Payment for attending required at the time of registration.

Due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, only fully-vaccinated

people are allowed to attend the meeting.

 

November Field Trips - More Details to Follow

November 10, 2021

Field trip/geology hike to see putative moraine and Carpenter 1 Fire debris flows in Kyle Canyon led by Jerry King, Nick Saines, and Rick Wooten. Free to members, $20 to non-members, $10 to student non-members.

 

November 11, 2021

Field trip/geology hike to see debris flow in Oak Creek Canyon, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area led by Nick Saines and Rick Wooten.  Free to all.

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November 9, 2021 - 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. PST

"2018-2020: Two Years, Eight Storms, 320+ Landslides,

and an Earthquake

(What does it mean, and what do we do now?)"

BY:  Richard M. Wooten, Professional Geologist

North Carolina Geological Survey (Ret)

Abstract: 

Rick’s presentation will highlight topics he will cover during in his Jahns’ lecture series.  These themes include interconnecting geoscience, weather patterns, and history in landslide hazard studies; using drones and lidar in emergency landslide responses and hazard mapping; building multi-disciplinary partnerships in applied geology and research; and communicating with stakeholders about landslide hazards.  

He will explore these topics in the context of the North Carolina Geological Survey’s landslide response and landslide mapping efforts between 2018 and 2020.  A two-year period of record above-normal rainfall that began in 2018 resulted in a steady increase in landslide frequency over the preceding four years throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina.  Eight extreme rainfall events related to low pressure systems, convective storms, and tropical cyclones triggered over 320 debris flows and debris slides, and led to the reactivation of large, slow-moving landslides that threaten property and regional infrastructure.  This interval of increased landslide activity began abruptly on May 18, 2018, when a rapidly developing convective storm triggered at least 240 debris flows and debris slides that resulted in a fatality, destroyed homes, and severely damaged infrastructure.  Landslides from subtropical cyclone Alberto and tropical cyclone Florence in 2018 will be discussed, as well as post-wildfire debris triggered by the August 24, 2019 convective storm that resulted in over $1 million in direct losses. The August 9, 2020  Mw 5.1 earthquake near Sparta, NC caused over $15 million in damage to buildings and infrastructure.   Ongoing investigations identified the first modern fault rupture attributed to recent seismicity in the Southeastern U.S.  Ground surface ruptures along the ESE-trending Little River Fault parallel other linear topographic features crossing the southern Blue Ridge in areas of concentrated landslide activity.

           

The confluence of new technology, the passage of National Landslide Preparedness Act and the ongoing impacts of extreme weather patterns linked to climate change present a compelling opportunity for the geoscience community to press forward in a coordinated effort to reduce losses from landslides.   An essential part of meeting this challenge is building partnerships within and outside of the scientific community to increase public awareness of geologic hazards.   

Bio:  

Rick has over 40 years of experience in applied geology in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State, and applied geologic research in the Piedmont, and Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in geology at the University of Georgia in 1973 and 1980.  Rick recently retired from the North Carolina Geological Survey where he was the Senior Geologist for Geohazards and Engineering Geology from 1990 to 2021.  His previous work includes mapping geologic resources and conditions for land-use planning, landslide investigations and applied geotechnical geology for the USDA-Forest Service on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington State from 1980 to 1990.  His work with the North Carolina Geological Survey includes the scientific regulatory review and field investigations for a low-level radioactive waste disposal project, and bedrock geologic mapping in the Piedmont and Blue Ridge Mountains.  Since 2003 his main focus has been on landslide hazard mapping and research, and responding to landslide events North Carolina Blue Ridge.  He has a special interest in the relationships of ductile and brittle bedrock structures with geomorphology and landslides processes, and communicating landslide hazards information with stakeholders.

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October 12, 2021
"Devastating Drought in the West – Adapting Water Infrastructure and Water Rights to the New Climate Realities of the Western United States" by Eric Kuhn, Former General Manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District.
November 9, 2021
"2018-2020: Two Years, Eight Storms, 320+ Landslides, and an Earthquake (What does it mean, and what do we do now?)" by Richard M. Wooten, Professional Geologist.
January 11, 2022
“Challenges in Locating Groundwater Resources in the Republic of Niger, West Africa” by Dr. David Kreamer, Professor of Geoscience, UNLV.
February 8, 2022
​"Studies of Quaternary Faults in the Las Vegas Valley” by Craig dePolo, Research Geologist, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, Reno, Nevada.​
March 8, 2022
“Case Study of Severe Evaporate Karst Problems in the Dead Sea Rift Zone, Jordan and Israel” by William Godwin, former AEG President, Consulting Engineering Geologist, Carmel, California.
April 12, 2022
“ABCs of Emerging Contaminants” by William A. Battaglin, Research Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey Colorado Water Science Center - Retired, Denver, Colorado.
May 10, 2022
“Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Nevada – Occurrence, and Update on Regulatory Framework”  by Ben Moan, Supervisor, Remediation and Leaking UST Branch, Bureau of Corrective Actions, Nevada Division of Environmental Protection.

May 28, 2022

Annual Field Trip: TBD

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