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.
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.
Download and print an NMS January meeting flyer.
NMS January 15th regular meeting:
Steve Clark, P.G.
Our January 2020 meeting will be held Wednesday the 15th in room 114 (larger auditorium) Earth & Engineering Sciences Building (EESB) on the west side of the Penn State campus in State College, PA. Maps are available on our web site.
6:45 to 7:45 p.m.: Social hour, special refreshments
7:45 to 8:00 p.m.: Annoucements, Q&A, door prizes
about 8:00 p.m.: featured program
The event has free admission, free parking, and free refreshments, and is open to all; parents/guardians must provide supervision of minors. Bring your friends and share an interesting evening!
This talk by professional geologist Steve Clark will broadly describe how exploration for oil and natural gas is done, emphasizing wellsite geology and the Marcellus Shale in northeastern Pennsylvania, based on his personal experience. It will include how drilling pads are chosen, as well as how well paths are planned. Then, there will be a description of the basic setup of drilling rigs and of oil and gas wells. Several pictures from drilled wells, including core pictures and cuttings pictures, will be shown. There are potential geologic hazards that must be considered when planning wells and while drilling, and this talk will describe and provide examples of some things that wellsite geologists must look out for as a well is being drilled.
Geosteering is guiding the horizontal drilling so that it stays in rock that will produce the most oil and/or natural gas. Different tools involved in geosteering will be described. Natural gas analysis of Marcellus wells will also be described, as well as how Marcellus gas is distinguished from the biological or shallow gas found in residential water wells. During the talk, some references will be made to west Texas (Permian Basin) wellsite geology and geosteering for comparison.
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
2016: CELESTINE: Pennsylvania State Mineral?
Collecting crystals in a quarry
We have 2013 (and other) posters for sale!