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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March 21st Meeting
The MGS met on March 21st on Zoom. Among other decisions made during the business portion, it was agreed that the May meeting will also be held on Zoom. Whether future meetings this year will be virtual or in-person is to be discussed in May. It was also decided that all 2021 issues of the MGS newsletter will be available on the website (see notice at right).
The meeting featured an interesting talk by MGS vice president Eric Seifter on estimating the age of mammoth teeth. Eric took us through the morphology of mammoth teeth and how they were structured for breaking up the grasses that formed the animal's diet. He described the development of the teeth in the living animal, including the six sets the animal might have during its lifetime. The method he described for estimating the age centered on the number of exposed and unerupted tooth plates of an individual tooth. The talk was based on his article which appeared in the March issue of the MGS newsletter (available on the Selected Past Issues page).
No Dues For 2021 and New Members
It was agreed at the January 21st meeting that no dues for 2021 will be collected, and that dues paid for 2020 will be applied to a future dues payment. Resumption of dues collection will be determined at a later date. Individuals seeking to newly join the club for 2021 should fill out a membership application form and send it to Treasurer Rob King without paying the $15 membership dues. The application form and Rob's address can be found on the Join page.
Next MeetingMay 16, 2021, on Zoom. Details to follow.
2021 Newsletter Issues Online
As part of celebrating the club's 30th anniversary this year, all of this year's issues of the MGS newsletter, The Rostrum, will be posted on the website. Issues from 2021 and those for some previous years are available on the Selected Past Issues page.
Mineral of the Meeting
At the March 21st meeting, Bob Farrar presented the mineral creedite which often appears as impressive balls of crystals.
(Shown above is a specimen of creedite from Durango, Mexico. 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.)
Tom Piscitelli's Recent Finds in the Gallery
The MGS Gallery newly features many pictures of the impressive array of fossils that Tom found on his recent trip to North Myrtle Beach, SC. Here's just a little taste.
The MGS Trips page has information on policies regarding trips and details about any upcoming trips. MGS trips are restricted to members. There is a May 1, 2021, trip to collect petrified wood. Check out the information on the Trips page.
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.
Paleontologist Bretton Kent at an MGS meeting:
Amateur collectors make paleontology possible.
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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