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

  • At the May joint meeting with the American Fossil Federation, Dr. Bretton Kent of the University of Maryland spoke on "The Rise and Fall of the Neogene Giant Sharks." In a rich and fascinating talk, Dr. Kent described how rising temperatures, beginning in the Late Oligocene, marked a period of great diversity and expansion of marine communities, fueling the rise of giant shark species. He focused principally on the False Mako Shark (Paratodus benedeni) and Giant Thresher Shark (Alopias spp.). Dr. Kent is seen below (on left) engaging MGS/AFF member Mark Bennett in a discussion of the finer points of these sharks.

  • Up for auction at the May meeting were some choice fossils and minerals, including the specimens seen below: a fierce Eocene crab, Xanthopis dufouri, from Spain and a beautiful Ecphora from Lee Creek, NC.

Next Meeting

Sunday, July 17, 2016.

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.

Speaker: TBA

Mineral of the Meeting: Variscite

Variscite from Utah. Image by Rob Lavinsky,, and reproduced under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. It is available from Wikimedia Commons.

WARNING: Parking is limited at the Community Center. Park on Sadler, Sussex, and Shawmont Lanes across from the Center.

Next Trips

No trips scheduled.

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.

Atlantic Coast Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show on September 26-27, 2016, sponsored by the Gem Cutters Guild of Baltimore, Inc. The show will be held at the Howard County, MD, fairgrounds. More information on the event is available here.

Ongoing - Nature Connections programs from 1 to 4 p.m. every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month by the Natural History Society of Maryland. Information on upcoming programs available at the Nature Connections page.

Notable Quote

Paleontologist Bretton Kent at the May meeting:
Amateur collectors make paleontology possible.

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