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

  • Smithsonian paleontologists weigh in on Jurassic World in Washington Post article. Check out other great articles and stories in the MGS WebSightings page.

  • 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.

  • Shark Week starts Sunday, July 5th, on the Discovery Channel.

More on Stephen Godfrey's Presentation at the May Meeting

Dr. Stephen Godfrey of the Calvert Marine Museum gave a three-part presentation to the joint meeting of the MGS and American Fossil Federation in May. He began with a description of the work he is editing about vertebrate fossils of the Calvert Cliffs (see "What's Hot" above). He segued to a discussion of the current status of the preparation by the CMM of the fossil snaggletooth shark skeleton that was found to much excitement last year. Jacketed material from the discovery site has been CT scanned and partially exposed. YouTube has videos of the find in situ and two showing the initial cleaning of material in the jacket (links to first video and second video). Dr. Godfrey concluded with a fascinating exploration of bite marks in coprolites (fossilized dung). The image below shows the tooth marks left in a coprolite by what he posits was a Galeocerdo (Tiger Shark). (The image was kindly provided by Dr. Godfrey.)

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.

Bob is seen here with this Trophy Award.

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: Staurolite

Staurolite from Maine. Image by Rob Lavinsky and reproduced under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Image is available from Wikimedia Commons.

Next Trip

  • No trips currently scheduled.

Other Clubs' Shows & Events

  • 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.

  • September 26-27: 51st Annual Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show of the Gem Cutters Guild of Baltimore. Show held at Howard Co. Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD. More information at the Gem Cutters website.

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