generally meets the third Wednesday of each month, August through May.
We now meet in Penn State's Earth and Engineering Sciences Building, on White Course Drive off North Atherton Street (EXCEPT during pandemic restrictions).
See driving directions and campus maps.
All are welcome to attend our meetings!
Parents must provide supervision of minors.
Mineral collectors and rockhounds, earth scientists and dinosaur lovers will all enjoy our activities.
NMS May 19th Zoom meeting ONLINE:
The story of the Jointed Seaweed
Paul T. Fagley
Environmental Education Specialist
PA DCNR, Greenwood Furnace State Park Complex
One of the more common trace fossils of ridges and valleys of Central Pennsylvania is the Arthrophycus alleghaniensis of the Tuscarora sandstone formation. While most geologists and paleo-biologists consider it the feeding tracks of an unknown arthropod, there is still debate about whether it is a feeding trace, or perhaps an ancient seaweed or algae. This trace fossil was the first in North America to be scientifically named, and the type fossil was identified near Lewistown in Mifflin County. This program traces the historic investigations of this fossil over the past 200 years by many noted early geologists, and up to today with a potential tracemaker organism identified, also from Mifflin County.
See the May Bulletin, available soon.
Please join us online for this presentation! The Zoom link will be e-mailed to all paid members who receive our e-mails; others can request it by emailing email@example.com.
We’ll plan to start at 7:30 p.m.; we can have informal discussions, then we can do any questions & answers and announcements, and plan to start the main presentation at 8:00 p.m.
Past programs: Links for Lori Lytle Coleman's presentation on New Mexico Thundereggs (video coming soon):
Some online presentations of interest:
Gembone: Gem Dino Bone (video)
Daniel Bontempo's presentation: NMS March 2021
Caves and Karst: The Crossroads of the Geosciences (video)
Dr. George Veni's presentation: NMS February 2021
Some related links:
National Cave and Karst Research Institute website,
Karst Information Portal,
International Union of Speleology website,
UIS Facebook page,
UIS Twitter account,
and/or the new
UIS Instagram page.
Dinosaurs of Pennsylvania: What we know about them and their neighbors (video)
Dr. Steven E. Jasinski's presentation: NMS January 2021
Spherical Structures in Rhyolite (video)
Daniel Bontempo's presentation: NMS December 2020
Making the Case for Celestine as the Pennsylvania State Mineral (video)
Dr. Peter Heaney's presentation: NMS November 2020
The staff of the Penn State Earth & Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery is actively adding interesting material to their Facebook page while the museum is closed. Several posts were added for Earth Science Week (October 11 - 17) and National Fossil Day. They also have several videos on their YouTube channel:
The Obelisk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyj31OC7-8k
Pyrite disease: https://youtu.be/KERTNMR_Y9Y
National Fossil Day October 14
Earth Science Week October 11-17
The National Park Service's National Fossil Day was Wednesday, October 14. National Fossil Day was right in the middle of Earth Science Week, October 11 - 17, 2020, celebrating the theme "Earth Materials in Our Lives." Educational materials are available.
As of December, the EFMLS web site has a video of a Bob Jones presentation, Wulfenite - My Favorite Mineral. Go to EFMLS.org and scroll down a couple of screens to find it.
Watch a professionally recorded story of dinosaur fossil excavation in Colorado.
As of October, videos of the 2020 Dallas Mineral Collecting Symposium are still available by following the links at www.dallassymposium.org.
We have a new online video presentation this summer, thanks to Dr. Andrew Sicree:
Nicolaus Steno, the most important scientist you've never heard of (the father of mineralogy, crystallography, geology, and paleontology).
It is in two parts on YouTube (improved audio clarity in this presentation); to view it, use each of the following links:
Part 1 Part 2
Our May program by Dr. Sicree is still available:
Fluorite: The Fourth Mineral
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
Weekly Junior Rockhounds Meetings have been postponed. We continue to monitor the situation. Watch this web site for any updates.
VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS, TOURS, GALLERIES, COURSES, MORE!
With thanks for many of these to AFMS April 2020 Newsletter and Three Rivers Gem & Mineral Society of Fort Wayne Indiana's The Strata Data newsletter.
Smithsonian Scroll down to see the tips before starting a tour.
Yale - Peabody Museum of Natural History Via Rock & Gem magazine web site (thanks go to them); scroll down to find the image that links to the tour.
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology - Mosasaur at Museum of Geology Scroll down to 'YouTube Playlist"
Houston Museum of Natural Science Dinosaurs!
Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals
Society of Mineral Museum Professionals (SMMP) Curator's Pick Gallery Curators choose their favorite specimens. Hosted by Mindat.
SMMP Wulfenite Gallery
Geology of the National Parks Penn State GEOSC 10 virtual field trips
American Southwest Virtual Museum
Virtual Museum of Minerals and Molecules Click on Displays at upper right
Davidson Institute of Science Education, of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, has links to several more museum virtual tours worldwide, including natural history museums.
Podcast of GEOL-101 type lectures (podcasts #1 to 28). Videos linked from the web site also; all by Nick Zentner of Central Washington University.
For additional current news see our NMS Bulletin (link at top of sidebar at left).
DRIVING DIRECTIONS and PARKING for Earth & Engineering Sciences Building meetings on the Penn State campus (NOT Minerals Junior Ed. Day): After 5:00 p.m. and on weekends, free parking is available immediately across the street from the building. From North Atherton St. (Business Rt. 322) between College Avenue and Park Avenue, turn west (toward the golf course) off North Atherton at the traffic signal marked "White Course Drive." Go past the parking attendant's booth, follow the curve to the left, then turn right into the parking lot before reaching the stop sign. The building entrance is a little beyond the center of the lot, at the crosswalk. Enter the building, then go all the way across the lobby for our social hour & meeting room. We have a simple map at http://www.nittanymineral.org/EESBmap.jpg. For official campus maps see http://www.geog.psu.edu/print-campus-maps .
NMS has in stock T-shirts in Galapagos blue, Texas orange (both shown here) and royal blue.
A station at our Minerals Junior Education Day
2020: CELESTINE: Pennsylvania State Mineral?
See also Nov. 2020 Bulletin.
Collecting crystals in a quarry
We have NMS posters for sale!