See the main page for a detailed description of the next meeting and driving directions.
We are now meeting in Penn State's Earth and Engineering Sciences Building,
on White Course Drive off North Atherton Street, State College, PA.
(Except our December meeting, usually a holiday dinner held off-campus.)
Mineral collectors and rockhounds, earth scientists and dinosaur lovers will all enjoy our activities.
All are welcome to attend our meetings!
Board of Directors Meetings are held as needed on the Thursday two weeks before the regular meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Please contact the President to verify time and location for a particular month.
Regular Meetings: 2016
January 20: Landscapes and Geology of Pennsylvania, By Dr. Bob Altamura
February 17: A Geological Tour of Hawaii, by Dr. Charles E. Miller Jr.
March 16: Preliminary characterization of residual deposits on Joseph Priestley's Laboratory apparatus, by Dr. Barry Scheetz, Penn State
April 20: How drinking water quality is effectively protected in the Spring Creek Watershed, by Todd Giddings
May 18: Local Clay Deposits, by Roger Pollok
no meetings in June or July
August 17: Show and Tell, by NMS members and guests
September 21: Fluorite, the Fourth Mineral,
presented by Andrew A. Sicree,
based on Arvid Pasto's "Collectors' Guide to Fluorite"
This talk focuses on widely collected, colorful, varied, interesting
fluorite, as an example to introduce the beginning collector
to some of the basic principles of mineralogy.
October 19: A Geological Tour of California - Los Angeles to San Francisco,
by Dr. Charles E. Miller, Jr.
Interesting and varied, California geology - arising from factors
including size, long coastline, two tectonic plates, and active faults -
influences roads, cities, wildlife habitats, tourism, hazards, and more.
November 16: The Rogue Kimberlites of Indiana County, PA,
by Dr. Duff Gold
Deep-seated intrusions are found in coal mines, but not (yet) at
the surface. Why? We'll hear the story and think about the reasons.
December: Holiday Dinner, date to be announced
Special Events planned for 2016:
Minerals Junior Education Day Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Central PA Institute of Science & Technology, Pleasant Gap
NMS Picnic, with Penn State Geosciences Club - Sunday, September 11, 2016
See pages 1 & 2 of the August Bulletin.