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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Sad News

Phil Schmitz, a long time member of the MGS, passed away on December 29, 2022. In a notice to club members, President Rick Smith noted that "Phil was a very active MGS member for many years until health issues forced him to step away from many of his activities." An obituary can be found here.

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 News Stories on Fossils and Minerals

(1) A wonderful profile of a young fossil hunter in a recent Washington Post article (link) includes a photograph of the nine-year-old with the huge Meg tooth she found in Calvert Cliff waters.

(2) Determining when angiosperms first appeared has been a vexing paleontological question. Darwin was troubled by their mid-Cretaceous appearance in "full flower" (so to speak) in the fossil record as it was known in the 19th century. Danish paleobotanist Else Marie Friis has traced their roots back into the early Cretaceous by painstakingly examining bits of charcoal under the microscope revealing tiny flowers. A recent New Yorker article (link) describes Friis' work and its importance.

These and other links to paleontological and geological articles on the web can be found at the MGS WebSightings page.

Snaggletooth Shark Teeth From The Maryland Miocene

Pictured below is a selection of teeth from Hemipristis serra (snaggletooth shark) found at the northern end of the Calvert Cliffs south of Bayfront Park (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.

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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