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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!

Latest News

The Maryland Geological Society will hold an in-person, joint meeting with the American Fossil Federation in May. Details on exact date and location will be posted here and sent to the membership.

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 is one reporting that the Allosaurus fragilis skeleton on display at the Smithsonian has been named the type specimen for this dinosaur species. This means that this particular skeleton is now the reference standard to be used in describing new finds of fossils from this dinosaur species. Also, Ben, author of the blog Extinct Monsters has a new post on the reopening of Yale University's Peabody Museum. It's a fun read.

Recent Club Activities

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, 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.

Notable Quotes

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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