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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The ghost town of Berlin, Nevada was established in 1897 as part of the Union Mining District after the opening of the Berlin Mine. At its peak, the town had about 75 buildings and 300 residents. It never prospered to the same extent as other boom towns like Tonopah and Goldfield, and declined following the Panic of 1907. The site was largely abandoned by 1911.
The site was acquired by the state of Nevada as part of Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park in 1970.
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Beryl is a mineral that contains a significant amount beryllium. Beryllium is a very rare metal and that limits the occurrence of beryl to a few geological situations where beryllium is present in sufficient amounts to form minerals. It mainly occurs in in granite and granite pegmatites, but can also be found where carbonaceous shale, limestone, and marble have been acted upon by regional metamorphism.
The hexagonal crystals of beryl may be very small or range to several meters in size. Terminated crystals are relatively rare. Pure beryl is colorless, but it is frequently tinted by impurities; possible colors are green, blue, yellow, red, and white.