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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With more than 120 mines, Nevada is one of the country's major producers of turquoise. Most is found as nuggets, fracture fillings and in breccias as the cement filling interstices between fragments. Some of this unusually coloured turquoise may contain significant zinc and iron, which is the cause of the beautiful bright green to yellow-green shades.
Major turquoise deposits in Nevada occur along a wide belt of tectonic activity that coincides with the state's zone of thrust faulting. It strikes about N15°E and extends from the northern part of Elko County, southward down to the California border southwest of Tonopah.