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Ely District Office
Release Date: 06/07/12
Contacts: Chris Hanefeld , 775-289-1842 ,
News Release No. ELY 2012-19

BLM Caliente Field Office Hosts Alamo Impact Event Presentation

Dr. Leif Tapanila, of Idaho State University, is scheduled to give a presentation on the Alamo Impact Event at noon, Friday, June 15, at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Caliente Field Office, located at 1400 S. Front Street, in Caliente.  The one-hour presentation is free to the public. 

The Alamo Impact Event is so named because of a large meteor strike in southeastern Nevada about 367 million years ago, in the Devonian period, when shallow seas covered much of the state.  The impact crushed the ocean floor and threw it into the air, triggering tsunamis and underwater landslides.  The crushed rock and coral fragments formed a rock known as breccia, a substance similar to conglomerate but with sharp, broken fragments instead of smooth, rounded ones.

Seating is limited and reservations are highly encouraged.  Attendees should bring a lunch if desired.  To learn more or to reserve a seat, call Alan Kunze, BLM Caliente Field Office geologist, at (775) 726-8175.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.

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Last updated: 06-08-2012