The Maryland Geological Society, a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the collection, study, and display of all aspects of the geological sciences, is composed of amateur and professional fossil and mineral collectors. Membership is open to all and visitors are always welcome!
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In-Person Meeting and Auction Held on Sunday, October 22nd
The Maryland Geological Society held an in-person meeting on Sunday, October 22nd, during which the current slate of officers was returned to office as were most board members (one vacancy was filled). The highlight of the meeting was the club's annual auction. Many excellent items triggered several rounds of spirited bidding. A key ingredient to this successful event was the work of MGS VP Eric Seifter who served as auctioneer. The montage below captures some of the action and items.
Stories of Exciting Finds Along the Calvert Cliffs
Two amazing, recent fossil finds along the Calvert Cliffs should excite all MGS fossil collectors. Both discoveres were made by volunteers with the Calvert Marine Museum. The first is a 12-million-year-old gannet skeleton, the most complete bird skeleton ever found along the Cliffs (link). The second is that of a wonderfully complete skull of a 15-million-year-old dolphin ancestor (link). Check out these and other stories on the MGS WebSightings page.
The featured mineral is microcline, so named for its cleavage planes. Of all microclines, amazonite is of most importance for collectors and gem cutters. The specimens pictured below were photographed by MGS member Bob Farrar and are from his collection.
Links to Upcoming Shows and Events
A list of club shows in the eastern region of the U.S. is on the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies' calendar.
The MGS Trips page has information on policies regarding trips and details about any upcoming trips. MGS trips are restricted to members. There are no trips currently scheduled.
Geologist Andrew H. Knoll
Among the enduring lessons of geology is a recognition of how fleeting, fragile, and precious our present moment is.
The Maryland Geological Society is a member of the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies and the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.
The Maryland Geological Society is NOT affiliated with the Maryland Geological Survey, a state governmental organization.
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