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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Zoom Meeting on January 27th
at 7:00 p.m.

MGS President Rick Smith has announced that there will be a membership meeting Thursday, January 27, at 7:00 p.m. to consider the following: 1) election of officers; 2) whether dues will be collected for 2022; and 3) how and where in-person meetings will be held in the future. With regard to the last, MGS members are asked to fill out the questionnaire in the latest issue of The Rostrum, and forward responses to Rick (email address is in The Rostrum). A link to the Zoom meeting will be emailed shortly before the 27th.

MGS Portal to Recent Stories on Fossils and Minerals

Several years ago, a retired British doctor moved to the Isle of Wight in search of dinosaurs. Now, at age 64, while working part-time on his doctorate in paleontology, he is identifying new species in museum collections, hunting fossils, and leading an effort to expand the local dinosaur museum. Read about him here. 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.

Microfossils From the Calvert Cliffs

At the October, 2021, Zoom meeting of the MGS, Jim Stedman gave a talk on microfossils, focusing on some of the foraminifera and ostracode fossil shells from the Miocene that can be found along Maryland's Calvert Cliffs. The montage of images below shows the various foram and ostracode shells included in his talk.

Next Meeting

January 27, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. Link to be emailed.

Featured Mineral

The featured mineral is eudialyte which is usually pink or red in color. An article by Bob Farrar on this mineral appears in the current issue of the MGS newsletter.

(Shown above is a specimen of eudialyte from the Kola Peninsula in Russia. 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.)


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.

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.

No Dues For 2021, Decision on 2022 Forthcoming

No dues were collected for 2021. Whether to collect dues for 2022 will be discussed at the Zoom meeting on Jaunary 27, 2022.

MGS Gallery

Pictures showing great specimens from members' collections can be seen on the MGS Gallery page.
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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