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

Video of the myFOSSIL Webinar: Fossils of the Carolinas

In December, myFOSSIL (founded by the Fossil Project) presented a webinar featuring various fossils found in the Carolinas. The webinar was hosted by the Special Friends of the Aurora Fossil Museum and took place mostly in George Powell, Jr.'s fossil room. A video of the webinar can be found on YouTube.

November Meeting Featured Dinosaur Ichnofossils

MGS Vice President Eric Seifter gave a talk about an amazing array of ichnofossils (trace fossils) featuring dinosaur tracks. The photographs below show some of the specimens Eric discussed. (These photographs were taken by MGS member Marci Robinson.)

Visit the MGS Gallery to check out some of the other treasures seen at the November meeting.

Next Meeting

Sunday, January 21, 2018

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: Pezzottaite

Pezzottaite from the Sakavalana mine, Madagascar. Image reproduced with permission of Rob Lavinsky under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Image is available from Wikimedia Commons.

Shows & Related Events

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.

Delaware Mineralogical Society presents its 55th Annual Earth Science, Gem, and Mineral Show on March 3 & 4, 2018 in Arsht Hall, University of Delaware (Wilmington), 2700 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington, DE. More information is available here.

The MGS Award Winning Newsletter

The Rostrum, the MGS newsletter issued six times a year, features writing that is recognized regionally and nationally for its high quality. The latest awards for writing that appeared in the 2016 issues of the Rostrum are listed on the Awards page. All issues from 2016 (Volume 25) as well as those from selected past years are available here.

Next Trips

None scheduled at this time.
More information on policies regarding MGS field trips can be found on the Upcoming Trips page.

FOSSIL Project

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 Winter 2017 newsletter can be found here.

Notable Quote

Paleontologist Bretton Kent at an MGS meeting:

Amateur collectors make paleontology possible.

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