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JANUARY 2015 MAGS EVENTS
01.05.2015 6:30pm

Combined MAGS Board/Show Meeting: AgriCenter

01.09.2015 7:30pm MAGS Membership Meeting: Shady Grove Presbyterian Fellowship Hall: adult program--Pyrite Hunting with Bill Gilbert; youth program with James Butchko
01.10.2015 TBA MAGS Field Trip: Pickwick State Park, TN
01.17.2015 TBA MAGS Field Trip: Twin Creek Crystal Mine, AR
01.17.2015 10:00am MAGS Archaeology Group Meeting: Chucalissa Indian Village, Memphis, TN
01.23-24.2015 TBA SFMS Quarterly Meeting: Panama City, FL

IMPORTANT NOTE: Non-members are not permited to participate in any MAGS field trips.
This includes all areas: public, private collecting, and pay sites. No exceptions.

FROM THE JANUARY 2015 ISSUE OF MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
Collecting pyrite at Navajun: a Spanish adventure

01.02.2015: BILL GILBERT: Collecting pyrite at the mine in Navajun is a dream come true for many collectors. This location is famous for the perfectly formed, shiny cubes, and spectacular groupings. The fun part is that they actually come out of the mine that way. Incredible! We have all seen these perfect cubes for sale at mineral shows/swaps and can easily buy it on the internet. I can certainly understand why these specimens are not cheap. Read more about Bill's Big Adventure and more in the January Rockhound News.

FROM THE NOVEMBER 2014 ISSUE OF MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
Bite me, scratch me, bore me to death: the study of ichnofossils

11.05.14: DR. MICHAEL A. GIBSON: Ichnofossils (from the Greek “ichnos” = trace), also called trace fossils, are physical traces of behavior of an organism preserved within sediment and sedimentary rock. The earliest known ichnofossils are simple tubes from the Paleoproterozoic Medicine Peak Formation (2.5–2.0 billion years old) .Read more in the November Rockhound News.

FROM THE OCTOBER 2014 ISSUE OF MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
The mining cycle

10.01.14: MATTHEW LYBANON: In September, MAGS member Herb Nicholson explained the rock cycle. At the October 10 meeting, MAGS member Alan Parks filled us in on the mining cycle. We are fortunate to have members who are experts in their field. Read more in the October Rockhound News.

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PUBLICATIONS [listed by permission of owner]
T.O. Fuller Excavation
Coon Creek Fossils: Part 1
Coon Creek Fossils: Part 2
Lower Devonian Fossils of West Tennessee

The 50mm-wide specimen represented here is Dalmanites retusus. Known only from isolated pygidia. The pygidium is distinct from other Birdsong trilobites in that it has a rounded profile and lacks a pygidial spine.

Excerpt from Devonian Fossils of West Tennessee, by Kieran Davis.

The Lower Devonian system is well represented in Tennessee, forming part of an almost unbroken sequence of deposits ranging in age from the Middle Silurian to upper Lower Devonian. The Ross Formation of west-central Tennessee contains the most diverse and abundant Lower Devonian invertebrate fauna and this guide focuses on the most fossiliferous member of the Ross--the Birdsong Shale. The Birdsong Shale is well exposed in road cuts along State Highway 69 and in the many active and disused quarries of western Tennessee.

Click here or on the trilobite to download your copy of this 40-page PDF.

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EXPLORE MAGS A LITTLE BIT MORE
The Earth Wide Open
Pictures
MAGS Field Guide
For information about The Earth Wide Open, the annual Rock Show sponsored by MAGS and held at the AgriCenter in Memphis, TN, click here.
 
In addition to the Gallery listed in the top navigation, you can find pictures of MAGS events in our Online Album and picture pages such as these:
2014 Sugar Creek Field Trip
 
Click here to visit, ask questions, or leave comments on the MAGS Field Guide to Rocks, Minerals and Fossils. Click here for an index of topics on the blog.
Chucalissa Indian Village

CHUCALISSA (Choctaw word meaning "Abandoned House"): The ruins of this native American town sit on the Mississippi bluff five miles south of downtown Memphis. At one time the population of Chucalissa could have been a thousand to fifteen hundred. The town existed into the seventeenth century, when its townspeople left and never returned. Hence, the name Chucalissa. Since most native Americans north of the Rio Grande never developed a written language, we can never know the town's real name.

Read about MAGS' involvement in the early years of Chucalissa.

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MAGS Contact:
WC McDaniel
2038 Central Ave
Memphis TN 38104
901.274.7706
email: WC McDaniel

 

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