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Department of Geoscience News

Geoscience is an all-encompassing term used to refer to the earth sciences. Geoscientists strive to understand earth processes and study the origin and evolution of our planet; the chemical and physical properties of minerals, rocks, and fluids; the structure of our mobile crust; the history of life; and the human adaptation to earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, and floods.

Current Geoscience News

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Business and Community | July 12, 2019

Nevada is the nation’s third-most seismically active state and neighbors quake-prone California, which experienced two temblors in early July felt in Las Vegas. UNLV geoscientist Wanda Taylor explains why, and what we can do to prepare.

Campus News | June 26, 2019

A collection of news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

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Research | May 14, 2019

UNLV geoscientist, student among international research team behind discovery of ancient monkey species that lived in Africa 22 million years ago.

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Research | December 26, 2018

In 2018, faculty and students collaborated with one another and international colleagues on scientific exploration that sought to help people make sense of themselves and the world around them.

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Campus News | November 30, 2018

A collection of recent news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

Research | November 28, 2018

Climate change researcher Matt Lachniet explains the impacts of hotter temperatures.

Geoscience In The News

PR Newswire
September 13, 2019

Rockwealth Resources Corp. ("Rockwealth" or the "Company") (TSXV: RWR) announces that it has entered into a binding amalgamation agreement dated September 12, 2019 (the "Definitive Agreement") with Realgold Resources Corp. ("Realgold"), pursuant to which the Company will acquire all of the issued and outstanding securities of Realgold (the "Transaction"), as more particularly described below.

KSNV-TV: News 3
August 23, 2019

One of the most important mining operations in the world is just an hour's drive from Las Vegas.

KNPR News
August 23, 2019

There’s a question out there related to climate change that everyone asks but no one seems to have a good answer for: When will climate change reach the point of no return? Read the news, and timelines range from 18 months to 12 years to 40 years. UNLV geology professor Matt Lachniet explained it is not about an exact drop-dead moment.

Las Vegas Review Journal
July 8, 2019

Nevada faces a low potential of California’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake on Friday triggering a seismic event along one of its many fault lines, according to an earthquake expert.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
July 8, 2019

Nevada is no stranger to earthquakes.

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
July 5, 2019

An earthquake in California's Searles Valley, 150 miles from Las Vegas, sent the Vegas valley into a series of shakes and rumbles Thursday morning.

Geoscience Experts

Lachniet is an expert in paleoclimatology, quaternary geology, climate change and stable isotope geochemistry.
An expert in earthquakes, structural geology, tectonics, and neotectonics.
An expert in Mars geochemistry, astrobiology, water-rock interactions, and snow dynamics.
An expert in geology, paleoecology, paleontology, and the history of geology.
Brian Hedlund in an expert in microbial ecology at high temperatures, biofuels and genomics. 

Recent Geoscience Accomplishments

August 12, 2019
Jason Steffen (Physics and Astronomy), Shichun Huang (Geoscience), and Zhaohuan Zhu (Physics and Astronomy) were awarded a $550,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation for "Modeling Dust Condensation in Protoplanetary Disks".  This program will combine UNLV's expertise in geochemistry and in planet formation to calculate the...
March 26, 2019
Simon Jowitt (Geoscience) and colleagues from Hefei University of Technology and Uppsala University recently published a paper on the use of magnetite compositions to determine the processes that formed major mineral deposits in eastern China. The paper, "In situ LA–ICP–MS Trace Element Analyses of Magnetite: Genetic Implications for the Zhonggu...
February 22, 2019
Arya Udry and Chris DeFelice (both Geoscience), along with Zoe Wilbur, '18 BS Geology; Rachel Rahib, '15 BS Geology and '18 MS Geoscience; and Logan Combs, '18 MS Geoscience, co-authored the manuscript "Reclassification of Four Aubrites as Enstatite Chondrite Impact Melts: Potential Geochemical Analogs for Mercury" in the Meteoritics and Planetary...
January 31, 2019
Five College of Sciences faculty exhibited posters at the UNLV Best Teaching Practices Expo Jan. 29.  Gabriel Judkins (Geosciences) and Rex Suba: "Embedding Accessibility in Course Development" Elana Paladino (Sciences): "Mentoring meetings increase student performance on 'high stakes' projects in STEM" Viktoria Savatorova (Mathematical Sciences...
December 3, 2018
Arya Udry (Geoscience) co-authored the manuscript "Martian Magmatism from Plume Metasomatized Mantle," which was recently published in Nature Communications. This study shows that the two main types of Martian meteorites (shergottites and nakhlites) could have formed from the same volcanic processes that create volcanoes in Hawaii as demonstrated...
September 20, 2018
Arya Udry (Geoscience), was awarded two NASA program grants. One is a three-year, $330,540 NASA Solar System Working Program grant titled, "Petrogenesis of Poikilitic Shergottites and Implications for Martian Geochemical Reservoirs." This grant is to study a comprehensive suite of Martian meteorites called the poikilitic shergottites. These...