The Nittany Lion looks out from a 
Central Pennsylvania doubly terminated quartz crystal.  Artwork © John Passaneau.
Nittany Mineralogical Society, Inc.
State College, Pennsylvania

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Your local non-profit mineral, gem and rock club
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.

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Sorry, we do not have any monthly Junior Rockhounds meetings scheduled at this time.


August 20th regular meeting:
Geology from the Air
by Dr. Charles E. Miller, Jr.

Our August meeting will be held Wednesday the 20th in room 114 (if that changes we'll have a sign in the lobby) Earth & Engineering Sciences Building on the west side of the Penn State campus in State College, PA.
     6:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Social hour, refreshments in the lobby
     7:30 to 8:00 p.m.: announcements, questions, answers; door prize drawings
     about 8:00 p.m.: featured program

     The event has free admission, free parking, free door prize drawings and free refreshments, and is open to all (parents/guardians must provide supervision of minors). Bring your friends and share an interesting evening. - - Editor


Aerial photographs and images, both examples of remote sensing, are valuable geologic tools. Their geologic applications include topographic maps, soil surveys, and geologic maps. They are also useful in economic geology, land-use planning and environmental studies, military geology, geomorphology, and water-well locating.

Landsat and other Earth-orbital images showing geology are familiar to many people. These images are available on the Internet through various providers. However, one under-utilized source of aerial imagery is from commercial passenger aircraft. Window-seat passengers can photograph a wide variety of geologic features and processes. This talk discusses at least 34 such examples, most of which the author photographed from passenger planes.

See the complete illustrated article in the August Bulletin (link at top left) and join us on the 20th!

For more 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. The building entrance is a little beyond the center of the lot, at the two round concrete planters. 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.campusmaps.psu.edu/ .

T-shirts in Galapagos Blue and Texas Orange NMS now has T-shirts in two new colors.


A station at our Minerals Junior Education Day
A station at our Minerals Junior Education Day


Celestine crystal cluster CELESTINE is under consideration for Pennsylvania State Mineral


Collecting in a quarry
Collecting crystals in a quarry


Five different posters
We have 2013 (and other) posters for sale!

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