Mineral Monday: Nevada Relief Map

Learn something new about Nevada on this week's episode of Mineral Monday!

The Nevada Relief Map is one of the largest objects on display at Keck Museum.


2/26/2018 | By: Jennifer Sande |

The College of Science weekly video series, Mineral Monday, explores the many minerals, fossils and historical objects on display at the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum, as told by curator Garrett Barmore. This week, Garrett talks about a relief map of Nevada prominently displayed at the back of the museum, directly across from the entrance. This map illustrates a few very interesting geological facts about Nevada. Watch the video to learn more!

Garrett holds a hematite specimen

This relief map was made in 1915 to represent Nevada at the Pan Pacific World's Fair in San Francisco.

Kidney ore

Nevada is the most mountainous state in the United States.

Nevada button

Located in the Mackay School of Mines building at the University of Nevada, Reno, the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

The Keck Museum houses an outstanding collection of minerals, ores, fossil specimens, and photographs, in addition to mining related relics. The museum is also home to some of the spectacular Mackay Silver Collection, created by Tiffany & Co., for John Mackay and completed in 1878.

The first 10 visitors to mention this episode will receive a Mineral Monday: Nevada Relief Map button! For directions and museum details, visit unr.edu/keck

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