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

  • The 16th Annual MGS Auction will be held on Sunday, September 16, following the business portion of the regular meeting. This fun event helps fund the club and is the primary reason the annual dues are so low. MGS members are invited to submit fossils, minerals, archaeological artifacts, and meteorites to the auction. Complete information and necessary forms can be found here.

    Visitors are welcome to come and bid on the items up for auction which, each year, have included some incredible objects.

  • The August 2018 issue of Rock & Gem Magazine features an article by MGS member Bob Farrar. Titled Moroccan Aragonite: Specimens by the Millions, it highlights a trip Bob took to Morocco in October, 2017, to a premier source of aragonite.

Seen at the July Meeting

Among the objects members displayed at the July meeting were:

A very fine collection of shark teeth brought in by new Junior MGS member Mason who found these at Brownies Beach:

An egg case (4" in length) from a modern Horn shark from California displayed by MGS member Tom Piscitelli:

Several pictures of others items seen at the July meeting are included in the MGS Gallery.

Next Meeting

Sunday, September 16, 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.

Annual Auction

Mineral of the Meeting: TBA

Shows & Related Events

A list of club shows in the eastern region of the U.S. is on the EFMLS' calendar.

Next Trips

None scheduled at this time. More information on MGS field trip policies is on the Trips page.

MGS Members Contribute to Calvert Marine Museum's Dinosaurs of Maryland Exhibit

The Calvert Marine Museum opened a new exhibit on April 6 titled "Dinosaurs of Maryland" which features, among other fossils, several on loan from MGS members Mike Folmer and Rick Smith. MGS member Flo Strean provided important financial support for this exhibit. The exhibit is on the Mezzanine Level of the museum and runs through the end of 2018.

Our Changing Planet in Deep Time

Software engineer Ian Webster has created a fascinating, interactive 3-D tool to explore not only how the Earth's tectonic plates changed over deep time, but what happened in specific locations (for example, where you live). Webster's creation is the subject of a recent article on the IFLScience website. It's quite a trip into the past.

Michael Hutchins

A selection of MGS newsletter articles written by MGS member Dr. Michael Hutchins, who passed away in early 2018, can be found here. Donations in his honor may be made to the Dr. Michael Hutchins Impact on Wildlife Fund.

FOSSIL Project - Latest Newsletter

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 Summer 2018 newsletter can be found here.

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