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Professor and State Geologist and...

University of Nevada , Reno
1664 North Virginia St.
Reno, Nevada 89557
United States

Company Description: The University of Nevada , Reno was established in 1874 as the state's flagship land-grant research institution. The university offers bachelor's, master's and...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Director of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
    University of Nevada , Reno
  • Research Professor
    Bureau of Mines and Geology
  • Director - State Geologist and Professor
    University of Nevada, Reno/NV Bureau of Mines
  • Research Professor
    University of Nevada

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Director
    Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology
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Nevada is crisscrossed by fault lines ...
www.lasvegassun.com, 3 Oct 2012 [cached]
Nevada is crisscrossed by fault lines hundreds of thousands of years old, and a number of factors, including the sliding of tectonic plates and the slow outward expansion of the area's crust, contribute to the earthquakes, said Jim Faulds, director of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology and a professor at UNR.
News | Coal Preparation | Mining Connection — The Link For All Your Mining Resources
www.miningconnection.com [cached]
Geologist, James Faulds Named Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Director
March 19, 2012
James Faulds will become the new State Geologist and Director of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology at the University of Nevada, Reno. James Faulds has been with the bureau of mines and geology since 1997 and has done expansive...
Geothermal Press and News Reports | State Geothermal Data
www.stategeothermaldata.org, 8 July 2011 [cached]
Jim Faulds at Fly Ranch Geyser Jim Faulds, geologist and research professor at the University of Nevada, Reno's Bureau of Mines and Geology, lectures his geothermal exploration class in April at the Fly Ranch Geyser north of Gerlach, Nevada
North American Clean Energy - Geothermal Industry to Get Boost from University of Nevada Research
www.nacleanenergy.com, 9 Sept 2011 [cached]
Jim Faulds, principal investigator for the project, geologist and research professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, has a team of six researchers and several graduate students working with him on various aspects of the project.
"Of the 463 geothermal sites to study, we've studied and characterized more than 250 in the past year, either using existing records or on-site analyses," Faulds said. "We'll continue to study more of the sites so we can develop better methods and tools for geothermal exploration. Most, about two-thirds, of the geothermal resources in the Great Basin are blind - that is, there are no surface expressions, such as hot springs, to indicate what's perhaps 1,500 feet below the surface."
Better characterization of known geothermal systems is critical for new discoveries, targeting drilling sites and development, Faulds said. The success of modeling sites for exploration is limited without basic knowledge of which fault and fracture patterns, stress conditions, and stratigraphic intervals are most conducive to hosting geothermal reservoirs.
"The geothermal industry doesn't have the same depth of knowledge for geothermal exploration as the mineral and oil industries," he said. "Mineral and oil companies conducted extensive research years ago that helps them to characterize favorable settings and determine where to drill. With geothermal, it's studies like this that will enhance understanding of what controls hot fluids in the earth's crust and thus provide an exploration basis for industry to use in discovering and developing resources."
Faulds and his team have defined a spectrum of favorable structural settings for geothermal systems in the Great Basin and completed a preliminary catalogue that interprets the structural setting of most its geothermal systems.
"This is the first attempt to broadly characterize and catalogue Great Basin geothermal systems in this way," he said.
In addition, Faulds has developed and taught a geothermal exploration class, published many papers on his work and presented his work at many conferences, including the World Geothermal Congress in Bali, Indonesia and the GEONZ2010 Geoscience-Geothermal Conference in Auckland, New Zealand.
"We want to help the industry achieve acceptable levels of site-selection risk ahead of expensive drilling," he said.
James Faulds, Director, ...
www.asme.org, 2 April 2012 [cached]
James Faulds, Director, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, and a Professor at the University of Nevada-Reno; and
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During the briefing, Faulds filled in the audience on the basic figures related to geothermal; i.e. it provides 3,100 megawatts of electricity in nine states, roughly half of all renewable power in the U.S.
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