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, usually on the third Sunday of every other month, beginning in March. Please check the club calendar. Visitors are always welcome!

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Latest Club News

No July Meeting ~ Message From The Club President

July 2, 2020

Dear Maryland Geological Society members,

The following announcement will probably come as no surprise - our scheduled meeting for July has been canceled due to complications resulting from the current COVID-19 pandemic. Prince George's County has been the most impacted area of Maryland throughout the past few months. Consequently the county has still not opened up their facilities for indoor use and has restricted outdoor areas to groups of ten or less.

I still hope to publish a July issue of the newsletter before the month is out. If anyone has something they would like to contribute for this issue, please try to get it to me within the next week (by July 10).

Recently I took part in a Zoom Virtual meeting with several Board members of the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies. Our organization is not alone in the severe strain that the current situation has placed on member organizations, both with maintaining membership and financial impacts. It is my fervent hope that MGS will not be a casualty of this most stressful period that we are experiencing and that better times are on the horizon. I will of course update everyone again as the scheduled September meeting date draws nearer.

Happy Fourth of July to everyone,

Rick Smith
Maryland Geological Society

Featured Mineral

The "Featured Mineral" is native copper which is copper that, for the most part, is not chemically bonded to other elements. This mineral is the subject of a column by MGS member Bob Farrar that will appear in the next issue of The Rostrum, the club's newsletter. Bob's article describes the properties of native copper and delineates the many different ways in which it occurs. As he recounts, mining native copper is challenging. Historically, in Michigan, which has the largest deposits (in excess of five million tons of it was mined), the mineral was extracted by being hand chiseled out of the rock in which it was found. Pictured below is a very small specimen of native copper from the Bisbee area of Arizona. (This image is reproduced with permission of Rob Lavinsky under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license, and is available from Wikimedia Commons.)

Next Meeting

To be announced

Tour the Smithsonian's Dinosaur Hall from Home

At the moment, we no longer have access to the wonderful Fossil Hall - Deep Time at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History.

All of the marvels of the Fossil Hall are waiting patiently for us to visit once this crisis has passed. But you can enjoy these marvels on one of virtual tours the Museum of Natural History has made available here. The Fossil Hall tour is part of the "permanent exhibits."

Shows & Related Events

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

Canceled or Postponed Events - The "Living Estate Auction of Virginia and Gary White" scheduled for August and hosted by The Chesapeake Gem and Mineral Society has been canceled.


The MGS Trips page has information on policies regarding trips and details about any upcoming trips. MGS trips are restricted to members.


Want to keep up with some of the latest information on fossils and minerals appearing on the web? Then check out the MGS WebSightings page.

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