If you're travelling to the convention from the pacific northwest, southwest, Texas or TAG areas, you'll most likely travel to Ely on the Great Basin Highway. Several points along this scenic route will be included in our geology field trips. Be prepared for warm weather in the southern part of the state, but don't worry - it cools off dramatically as you move north into the Great Basin.
"Great Basin Highway" is the name for U.S. Route 93 in Nevada. It begins at the Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge in Boulder City. The highway overlaps U.S. Route 95 for 3.2 miles from an interchange between downtown Boulder City and the Railroad Pass Hotel and Casino to Interstate 215. It runs to the Las Vegas Valley passing through the cities of Henderson, Las Vegas and North Las Vegas. U.S. 93 merges with Interstate 15 and overlaps it for approximately 21 miles. After overlapping I-15, U.S. 93 heads northwest towards Alamo.
Near Crystal Springs, U.S. 93 curves right while intersecting State Routes 318 and 375. U.S. 93 continues east to mountainous terrain to the town of Caliente. The highway turns left to go north to Pioche. 80 miles later, the highway turns left at an intersection with U.S. Routes 6 and 50. From State Route 318 to the US Routes 6 and 50 intersection, the highway is a Nevada Scenic Byway. Near Ely, the three U.S. routes separate. U.S. 6 turns left before the intersection U.S. 50 and 93 separate, heading southwest. U.S. 50 and 93 separate, with route 50 heading northwest towards Austin, Nevada and route 93 heading northeast.
In Lages Station, U.S. 93 turns left, while U.S. 93 Alternate continues straight. In Wells, U.S. 93 intersects Interstate 80. The highway continues into Idaho after passing through Jackpot.
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Ely, Nevada's White Pine Public Museum features the skeletal model of a cave bear (Arctodus simus) that was discovered in a nearby cave in 1982. This extinct species inhabited North America during the Pleistocene epoch from about 1.8 Mya until 11,000 years ago. It was the most common early North American bear and is considered one of the largest known terrestrial mammalian carnivores.
The museum's collections also include an extensive mineral display of copper ore samples, petrified woods, and fossils of ancient marine life.
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Stibnite, sometimes called antimonite, is a sulfide mineral with the formula Sb2S3. This soft grey material crystallizes in an orthorhombic space group. It is the most important source for the metalloid antimony. The name is from the Greek stibi through the Latin stibium as the old name for the mineral and the element antimony.
Stibnite has a structure similar to that of arsenic trisulfide, As2S3. The Sb(III) centers, which are pyramidal and three-coordinate, are linked via bent two-coordinate sulfide ions. It is grey when fresh, but can turn superficially black due to oxidation in air.
Pastes of Sb2S3 powder have been used since ca. 3000 BC as eye cosmetics in the Middle East. It was used to darken the brows and lashes, or to draw a line around the perimeter of the eye. Antimony trisulfide finds use in pyrotechnic compositions, namely in the glitter and fountain mixtures.