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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 to our meetings are always welcome!

MGS WebSightings Page: Portal to Fossil and Mineral Stories on the Web

The MGS WebSightings page gathers links to recent articles on fossils and minerals that appear on the web. Among the newest are links to stories about research that concludes the Megalodon was a much slimmer fish than previously thought, and a hypothesis that dinosaurs may have used their feathers to flush out prey.

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.



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Featured Mineral

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 of Other Clubs

Saturday and Sunday, March 16 and 17, 2024: Gem, Lapidary, and Mineral Society of Montgomery County MD will hold its 58th Annual Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. Hours are 10am to 6pm on Saturday,and 11am to 5pm on Sunday. The Fairgrounds are at 16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersbury, MD. More information can be found on the Society website.

Saturday, April 20, 2024: Chesapeake Gem & Mineral Society will hold its 33rd Annual Gem, Mineral, Jewelry, and Fossil Show at the Howard County (MD) Fairgrounds. The show will run from 10am to 4pm. The Fairgrounds are at 2210 Fairgrounds Rd. West Friendship, Md 21794.

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 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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