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!
Timothy Foard gave a fascinating talk titled "The Amateur Paleontologist's Guide to Thin Sections, Part I: Fossils (Mostly)." Shown below are images of thin sections he presented during his talk. On the left is a thin section of a fossil shark tooth; on the right, a thin section of petrified wood (beech, perhaps). These thin sections show the internal structures still present in these fossils.
Seen at the March meeting
Winners of the MGS Journalism Awards were announced. In addition, a special MGS President's Award was given to Junior Member David who was one of two MGS members who testified on HB 713 before the Maryland House of Delegates' Judiciary Committee. The award winners who were present at the March meeting are shown below (back row: Rick Smith, Jim Stedman, Bob Farrar; front row: David).
Three whale teeth were on display during the March meeting. Gintas Bichell brought these in from his collection to suggest some of the teeth whose sale would be affected by a bill before the Maryland House of Delegates to ban the sale of ivory. From left to right in the photograph below are a fossil pilot whale tooth, a fossil sperm whale tooth, and a modern sperm whale tooth.
Note: For pictures of some of the other items that were on display at the March and earlier meetings, go to the Gallery page.
Next MeetingSunday, May 17, 2015.
Joint Meeting with the American Fossil Federation.
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: Dr. Stephen Godfrey, Calvert Marine Museum, on a local Hemipristis serra shark find
Mineral of the Meeting: Chrysoberyl
Chrysoberyl from Minas Gerais, Brazil. Image by Yaiba Sakaguchi and reproduced by permission of the photographer. Image is available from Wikimedia Commons.
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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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