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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Future Plans

MGS leadership is considering when and how the club will meet in the near future. When decisions are made, the membership will be notified via email and on this website.


MGS Portal to Recent News Stories on Fossils and Minerals

An ichthyosaur skeleton, probably collected by Mary Anning in the early 1800s and housed at the Royal College of Surgeons, London, was destroyed during Nazi bombing of the city in 1941. A loss to paleontology? Yes, but eight decades after the destruction, casts of the skeleton have been recently discovered, partly restoring to science the lost fossil, the first complete ichthyosaur skeleton ever found. A recent article in the New York Times tells the amazing story of these rediscovered casts. Links to this article and many other articles, reports, and blog postings highlighting recent fossil and mineral news can be found on the MGS WebSightings page. Please check it out.


Snaggletooth Shark Teeth From The Maryland Miocene

Pictured below is a selection of teeth from Hemipristis serra (snaggletooth shark) found at Bayfront Park at the northern end of the Calvert Cliffs. This site is also known as Brownie's Beach. These teeth are Miocene in age and were collected by MGS member Jim Stedman as "float" along the beach, the teeth having eroded out of the cliffs. The largest of these teeth is about 3 cm in length on the slant. At the present time, by resolution of the town of Chesapeake Beach, MD, only residents of the town are permitted to access Brownie's Beach.



Next Meeting

To be announced

Featured Mineral

The featured mineral is anatase, known for elongated crystal faces. An article by Bob Farrar on this mineral appeared in the latest issue of the MGS newsletter.




(Shown above is a specimen of anatase from Minas Gerais, Brazil. 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.)

Trips

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.

Smithsonian Publication about the Calvert Cliffs

The Geology and Vertebrate Paleontology of the Calvert Cliffs, Maryland, edited by Stephen J. Godfrey, offers detailed descriptions and stunning pictures of vertebrate fossils from the Cliffs. A PDF copy of the book is available here.
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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