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DECEMBER 2014 MAGS EVENTS
12.04.2014 6:30pm

MAGS Board Meeting: St. Frances–St. Claire Room

12.05-07.2014 TBA MGM Show: Montgomery, AL
12.06-07.2014 TBA DMC Field Trip: Gray, TN
12.12.2014 7:30pm MAGS Membership Meeting/Holiday Party: Shady Grove Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
12.13.2014 TBA MAGS Field Trip: Hedger Aggregate Mine, Jonesboro, AR
12-13-143.2014 TBA MTGMS Show: Franklin, TN

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 DECEMBER 2014 ISSUE OF MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
Come party with us!

12.01.14: MATTHEW LYBANON: You're invited to the MAGS Holiday Party, December 12, 2014, 7:30pm at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church in Memphis. MAGS will provide the main entreé. You are requested to bring a potluck salad, vegetable, entreé or dessert. Come early to help decorate and prepare the hall for our party. If your last name begins with A-F, bring an entreé; G-P bring a dessert; Q-Z bring appetizers or vegetables. Adults, if you wish to participate in the gift exchange, please bring a wrapped, hobby-related gift appropriate for either a man or woman, valued at least $10. Children, MAGS has a gift for you. Read more about MAGS in the December 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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The American Federation of Mineralogical Societies

 

MAGS is a member of:

The Southeast Federation
of Mineralogical Societies

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