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!

What's Hot

  • At the May meeting, Dr. Stephen Godfrey of the Calvert Marine Museum announced that he was editing a two-volume series to be titled The Geology and Vertebrate Paleontology of Calvert Cliffs, Maryland which will be published by the Smithsonian Institution. A draft of the first volume was submitted for review in April. Among the chapters is a lengthy review, prepared with the collector in mind by Dr. Bretton Kent, of the Miocene shark species to be found here. MGS members are eagerly awaiting publication of this first volume.

  • Fossil and mineral donations needed for the regular MGS auctions.
    Please bring some to the next meeting.


Seen at the May Meeting

At the May meeting, Charlie Shyab had this collection of fossils from the Sulphur River in Texas on display. No, that's not a section of articulated mosasaur spine on the left; it's just several mosasaur vertebrae Charlie lined up in an effort to spark conversation. On the right is a bacculite (an ammonite with a straight shell). Photograph by Jim Stedman.



MGS Members Win EFMLS Awards for Rostrum Contributions

The MGS newsletter The Rostrum was well represented in the awards recently announced by the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies for outstanding contributions to member clubs' newsletters.

Two trophy awards (the highest available) were made to MGS authors. Bob Farrar won with Hardscrabble Mining in Morocco, and Lyle Peterson took a trophy award for his poem titled Extraction. Both of these pieces appeared in the May, 2014, issue of The Rostrum which is available here. Bob's article begins on page 5 and Lyle's poem can be found on page 10. The list of the many MGS award winners this year appears on The Rostrum award page.

MGS members, please contribute to this tradition of excellence by submitting an article, a poem, or a drawing to Editor Rick Smith for a future issue.


Next Meeting

Sunday, July 19, 2015.

General Meeting

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.

Talk of the Meeting: TBA

Mineral of the Meeting: TBA


Next Trip

  • Saturday, June 27: Purse State Park, MD, to collect gastropod molds and shark teeth - a joint trip with the Calvert Marine Museum Fossil Club. More information on this trip is available on the Upcoming Trips page. Please note that previously scheduled joint trip to St. Clair on July 25th has been cancelled.


Other Clubs' Shows & Events

  • June 12: Chesapeake Gem & Mineral Society auction, 7:30 p.m. (viewing at 7:00 p.m.) at the Westchester Community Center, Oella, MD. Items that may be up for auction include such things as gemstones, minerals, fossils, books, and lapidary equipment. Directions to the Westchester Community Center can be found here.
  • August 24-30: Fall session of the EFMLS Wildacres workshops on gem and mineral crafts. More information available on the EFMLS website. Wildacres is a retreat venue in North Carolina.



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  • About MGS provides the club history, how to join, and contacts.
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  • Newsletter is your gateway to information on our award-winning newsletter.
  • Gallery features pictures of members' fossil and mineral treasures.
  • Links & Articles links you to fossil and mineral resources, news stories, and Frequently Asked Questions about hunting Maryland fossils and minerals.
  • Club Pride describes MGS material, such as T-shirts, for sale at our meetings.

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