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!

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  • The Paleontological Society has established a new membership category for amateur and avocational paleontologists beginning in 2017. The discounted annual fee is $30 and carries with it all of the benefits of regular membership, including online access to The Society's two journals. Member benefits are outlined here. You can join online or via a paper form here. The President of The Society, Arnie Miller, invites your questions about this new membership category at

  • The 14th Annual MGS Auction on Sunday, September 18, was a smashing success! The items auctioned ranged from Megalodon teeth to Pliocene shells, from trilobites to ammonites, from Miocene whale ear bones to Cretaceous mosasaur vertebrae, from agates to amethysts, and many things in between. Pictured below are two of the treasures that found new homes and generated some income for the club: a Eurypterid (the so-called "Sea Scorpion") and a sperm whale tooth.

  • Four MGS members received awards at the September meeting for their contributions to the MGS newsletter. Adult members Michael Hutchins and Bob Farrar received MGS journalism awards for their contributions during the past year. Junior members David and Brooke (seen below) also won MGS journalism awards.

    These junior members were also recognized for a wonderful accomplishment: 1st place (Brooke) and 2nd place (David) awards for junior articles in the national newsletter competition held by the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies. Brooke's award was for her article on garnets and David's was for his piece on being a member of the MGS and testifying before the Maryland Assembly's Judiciary Committee on a bill concerning the ivory trade. Congratulations to all four of these members and thank you for your contributions to the club.

Next Meeting

Sunday, November 20, 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.

Elections & Holiday Party

Mineral of the Meeting: Halite

Block of halite crystals. Image by Walter J. Pilsak and reproduced under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Image is available from Wikimedia Commons.

Next Trips

November 26: John Wolf Memorial collecting trip to Odessa, DE. More information can be found on the Upcoming Trips page.

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.

Auction and Sale hosted by the Gem, Lapidary and Mineral Society of Washington, D.C., on October 30. Auction Preview - noon to 2 p.m.; Auction - 2-5 p.m. Auction and sale will be held at the Bethesda Woman's Club in Bethesda, MD. Admission and parking are free. More information available here.

Friends of Mineralogy - Pennsylvania Chapter Symposium on November 5-6. Symposium will be held on the Franklin & Marshall College campus. More information available here.

Northern Virginia Mineral Club Show on November 19-20. Show will be held on the George Mason University campus. More information available here.

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 September newsletter can be downloaded here.

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