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!
Among the many spectacular fossils and minerals on display at the January meeting was a selection of Pleistocene fossils brought up from the Continental Shelf, 20 miles off Cape May, New Jersey. This material comes from Bob Asreen's collection. Seen here is part of the jaw of a giant beaver, Castoroides ohioensis.
Seen at the January meeting
Additional photographs of this selection of fossils can be seen in the MGS Gallery page.
K-12 students across the country, with the support of scientist Bretton Kent and undergraduates at the University of Maryland, are engaged in the SharkFinder project, a citizen-scientist effort to collect and identify fossil shark teeth in matrix samples collected from the Calvert Formation in Maryland and Virginia. The project is operated in partnership with Paleo Quest, a non-profit organization focused on, among other activities, promoting citizen-scientists projects, increasing museums' collections of fossil specimens from the Atlantic Coastal Plain, and studying Coastal Plain stratigraphy. The SharkFinder project is described in a recent article appearing in the University of Maryland's Odyssey magazine.
Fossil Shark Teeth Go To School With MGS Connections
The MGS connections? David, an MGS junior member, is an active participant in SharkFinder and is featured prominently in the Odyssey magazine article (way to go, David!!). MGS member Dr. Robert Weems serves as Paleo Quest's Director of Stratigraphy and Paleontology.
Next MeetingSunday, March 15, 2015.
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: Pectolite
Larimar, a gemstone form of pectolite from the Dominican Republic. Image by Parent Gery and reproduced by permission of the photographer. Image is available from Wikimedia Commons.
The paleontological and geological landscape is ever-changing, and keeping up is challenge. The MGS WebSightings Page, which can be found under the Links&Articles Tab above, provides links to some of the more important and interesting stories that were published. To give a flavor of what is highlighted on that page, here are five of those 2014 stories:
Highlights of 2014 WebSightings
Other Clubs' Shows & Events
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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