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Take a geology tour of the Reno area

By August 29, 2012

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Ever wonder what causes those colorful parts of the Virginia Range rising above east Reno? What's up with the bare rock stripes all over the Huffaker Hills? How did the slide happen on Slide Mountain?

Slide Mountain, overlooking Washoe Valley, south of Reno, Nevada, NV
Slide Mountain, south of Reno, Nevada.
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You'll find answers to these questions and many more by using the book "Geologic and Natural History Tours in the Reno Area" to take any (or all) of four auto tours around the Truckee Meadows, the Virginia City area, and Lake Tahoe.

This well-written and abundantly illustrated book was published by the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology at the University of Nevada, Reno. It is written for regular people who are interested in learning more about northern Nevada geology. You can leave it in your car and get answers when you run across a curious geological feature and want to know the story behind it. You'll find answers to the above questions and much more.

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