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THU, 10.02.2014 6:30pm

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

FRI, 10.10.2014 7:30pm MAGS Membership Meeting: Shady Grove Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall; Adult Program–The Mining Cycle; Youth Program–Indoor Fossil Dig
SAT, 10.11.2014 TBA MAGS Field Trip: Memphis Stone & Gravel Andersonn Mine
SAT, 10.11.2014 TBA DMC Field Trip: Taylorsville, Spencer County, KY
SAT, 10.25.2014 8am-2pm MAGS Picnic and Rock Swap: Shelby Farms Park

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.

The mining cycle

10.01.14: MATTHEW LYBANON: In last month's MAGS meeting presentation, MAGS member Herb Nicholson explained the rock cycle. At the October 10 meeting, MAGS member Alan Parks will fill 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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The Earth Wide Open
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
email: WC McDaniel


MAGS is a member of:

The American Federation of Mineralogical Societies


MAGS is a member of:

The Southeast Federation
of Mineralogical Societies

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