The Maryland Geological Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the collection, study, and display of all aspects of the geological sciences. Members include amateur and professional fossil and mineral collectors. Membership is open to all.
The club meets at the Community Center in Bowie, Maryland, on the third Sunday of every other month, beginning in January. Visitors are welcome!
This year's auction, the primary fundraiser for the MGS, was highlighted by some amazing specimens that prompted spirited bidding. Once again MGS Vice President Eric Seifter ably filled the role of auctioneer. Photographs capturing some of the action follow below.
15th Annual Auction at the September Meeting Featured Great Fossils and Minerals
First up is one of Eric trying to coax yet another bid for a specimen. Next is a spectacular array of fossils from Lee Creek (NC) including some beautiful cow shark teeth, a Squalodon tooth, and a Hake jaw with teeth! The next photograph shows one lot of incredible sting ray dental plates from the Calvert Cliffs, just one portion of the Maryland fossils represented in the auction. The final photograph shows some unusual red mineral dendrites (iron) in copper ore from Utah
For more photographs from the auction check out the MGS Gallery.
Next MeetingSunday, November 19, 2017
Meeting runs from 11 am to 3 pm
at the Bowie Community Center,
3209 Stonybrook Drive, Bowie, Maryland 20715
Directions to the Center can be found
under the Meetings & Trips tab above
or at this link.
Holiday Party and Election of Officers
Mineral of the Meeting: Chalcopyrite
Chalcopyrite (a thumbnail specimen) from the French Creek Mines, PA. Image reproduced with permission of Rob Lavinsky under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Image is available from Wikimedia Commons.
A list of club shows in the eastern region of the U.S. is on the EFMLS' calendar. Selected shows and related events are listed below.
Shows & Related Events
Northern Virginia Mineral Club presents its 26th Annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show on November 18 and 19 in the Dewberry Hall, Johnson Center at George Mason University. More information here.
Among Maryland's paleontological treasures is Dinosaur Park in Laurel. Visitors to this quarry become citizen-scientists in pursuit of Lower Cretaceous dinosaur fossils. Ben, a museum educator in the D.C. area and author of the Extinct Monsters blog, provides readers with an engaging and information view of the Park in his recent post titled "A Tour of Dinosaur Park".
A Tour of Dinosaur Park ~ Blog Post
None currently scheduled.. Information and policies regarding MGS field trips can be found on the Upcoming Trips page.
The FOSSIL Project, sponsored by the Florida Museum of Natural History and funded by the National Science Foundation, is networking amateur and professional paleontologists and their organizations. Its Fall 2017 newsletter can be found here.
Paleontologist Bretton Kent at an MGS meeting:
Amateur collectors make paleontology possible.
The Maryland Geological Society is a member of the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies and the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.
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