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, usually on the third Sunday of every other month, beginning in March. Please check the club calendar. Visitors are always welcome!
Latest Club News
There will be no January meeting and no January issue of The Rostrum.
Next MGS Meeting Is March 15, 2020.
At the November meeting, the club elected the following officers for 2020:
Officers for 2020.
Gary Lohman stepped down as president after a half decade of service in that position on behalf of the club. Thank you, Gary, very much.
The Maryland Geological Society mourns the death of Melville Emerson Hurd, Jr. who passed away on September 10. Mel was a life member of the club, a past president, and a long standing member of the club's board of directors. He was always willing to take on tasks important to the life of the club. Mel is seen in the picture below, taken at the club's 20th anniversary celebration which he organized.
**Mel Hurd, MGS Life Member and Past President, Has Passed Away**
Mel was the consummate fossil collector, particularly of Otodus shark teeth. Indeed, he was known as "Mr. Otodus." His obituary can be found here.
Mel, you were a colleague, a friend, a mentor, a leader. You will be missed.
During the meeting, Junior Member Trevor enthusiastically described his experiences at a paleontology summer camp held at Stratford Hall (VA). He also displayed the various fossil treasures he found during his week at camp.
Seen at the November, 2019, Meeting
Next MeetingSunday, March 15, 2020
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 Activities tab above
or at this link.
Speaker and Topic: TBA
Mineral of the Meeting: TBA
A list of club shows in the eastern region of the U.S. is on the EFMLS' calendar.
Shows & Related Events
The MGS Trips page has information on policies regarding trips and details about any upcoming trips. MGS trips are restricted to members.
The Geology and Vertebrate Paleontology of the Calvert Cliffs, Maryland, edited by Stephen J. Godfrey, offers detailed descriptions and stunning pictures of vertebrate fossils from the Cliffs. A PDF copy of the book is available here.
Smithsonian Publication about the Calvert Cliffs
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 2019 newsletter can be found here.
FOSSIL Project - Latest Newsletter
Want to keep up with some of the latest information on fossils and minerals appearing on the web? Then check out the MGS WebSightings page.
Pictures showing great specimens from members' collections can be seen on the MGS Gallery page. Check out the recent postings.
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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