This class offers students the opportunity to examine unique geologic features and discuss genesis and physical properties of opal. The fire opal mines, located in northwest Humboldt County 125 miles northwest of Winnemucca, are the host to precious black fire opal, the state gemstone. The geologic history and geologic processes that formed the landscape will be examined and discussed. Students will also examine and discuss mineral resources and historical and ecological sites while experiencing the geology and scenery. There are no prerequisites or co-requisites. Field trip begins on May 17th, in Winnemucca and ends on May 20th. Students must sign up for class by May 3 so mine owner can reserve dig.

Participants must be registered and complete required Team Travel and Class Waiver forms one week prior to class.  Field trip is two credits.  Travel is at student’s expense.  All maps, charts, and discussions will be provided.  Attendees must provide their own reliable transportation-preferably with four wheel drive.  Camera, binoculars, hand lens and other outdoor gear are recommended.

For more information or field trip details call Veronica Nelson, Ely Center Director at 775 289-3589 or course instructor John Breitrick at 775 238-0508.

Great Basin College is a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education and governed by the Board of Regents. The college is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.