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03.03.14 -- 5:30pm -- MAGS Board Meeting: St. Frances St. Claire Room
04.11.14 -- 7:30pm -- MAGS Membership Meeting, Shady Grove Presbyterian Church: Adult and Youth Program: All About the Show 04.12.14 -- 7:30pm -- CAGMAGS Annual Swap Meet: N Little Rock
04.19.14 -- 7:30pm -- DMC Field Trip:
Iron City, NC
04.26-27.14 -- TBA -- The Earth Wide Open Show: Memphis Agricenter

Click here for a copy of the MAGS Constitution and By-Laws.

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

MAGS Rockhound News Highlights
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FROM THE APRIL 2014 MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
It's show time!

04.03.14: MATTHEW LYBANON: Yes, it's that time agian. >>Read more in the April Rockhounds News>>

FROM THE MARCH 2014 MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
Chucalissa and MAGS

03.06.14: MATTHEW LYBANON: At the February MAGS meeting, Dr. Robert Connolly will tell us about current plans at the C.H. Nash Museum, highlighting MAGS involvement. MAGS and Chucalissa started at the same time, over 60 years ago, and have been connected from the very beginning. >>Read more in the March Rockhounds News>>

FROM THE FEBRUARY 2014 MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
The best prospects for life

02.10.14: MIKE BALDWIN: At the February MAGS meeting, I will be taking you on a journey through our solar system and beyond. The main focus of my presentation, “Hitchhikers Guide to the Solar System”, will be astrogeology–the structure and composition of our closest neighbors in space. During my research for the presentation, I thought a lot about which members of our space community might harbor some form of life. Not life as we know it [breathing, thinking, intelligent, spirit-filled beings], but the building blocks of life. >>Read more in the February Rockhounds News>>

FROM THE JANUARY 2014 MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
Everything you wanted to know about cleaning your finds

01.03.14: MATTHEW LYBANON: Every year MAGS members travel to sites, collect good specimens, and frequently ask what are some of ways to turn those specimens into display cabinet pieces. At the January meeting MAGS member, W.C. McDaniel, with share tips and techniques with you on how to clean and preserve your specimens. Bring your favorite agate to the meeting and learn how to make it shine. Mike Baldwin will also have his geode cracker at the meeting, so bring your favorite geode and crack it open [limit one per member please]. >>Read more in the January Rockhounds News>>

FROM THE DECEMBER 2013 MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
Annual Holiday Party

12.01.13: MATTHEW LYBANON: MAGS will provide the ham and table decorations. You are requested to bring a potluck appetizer, vegetable, entree, or dessert. Board Members, please bring cold canned soft drinks to share with everyone. Come early to help decorate and prepare our hall for our party. Please help clean up after the party. Details about the gift exchange and what you need to bring are in the newsletter. Visitors are welcome. >>Read more in the December Rockhounds News>>

FROM THE NOVEMBER 2013 MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
The things you can find around Memphis

11.01.13: MATTHEW LYBANON: Lou White will give the adult presentation at the November MAGS membership meeting. He will talk about what's in the ground in the Memphis area: rocks, minerals, fossils, antiques, old bottles, Civil War relics–things a prospector would look for. >>Read more in the November Rockhounds News>>

FROM THE OCTOBER 2013 MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
Crowley's Ridge

10.04.13: MATTHEW LYBANON: Crowley's Ridge (named for Benjamin Crowley, one of the first European residents of the ridge) is an unusual geological formation that rises 250 to 550 feet above the alluvial plain of the Mississippi embayment in a 150-mile line from southeastern Missouri to the Mississippi River near Helena, Arkansas. >>Read more in the October Rockhounds News>>

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On the MAGS blog
Topics on the MAGS blog include: Collecting petrified wood, Wells Creek Impact Crater, Frankstown fossils, Great Smoky Mountains geology, Tennessee geology, fluorescent minerals and meteorites. Drop by and check it out.


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MAGS is a member of:

Southeast
Federation of
Mineralogical
Societies

American
Federation of
Mineralogical
Societies


Click here to find out how you can become a member of MAGS.
If you have questions about the club, click here to send an email.
For information about the 2014 Memphis Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show visit the Earth Wide Open website.

Click here to download
a copy of the April issue of MAGS Rockhound News
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MAGS Field Guide Blog
Field Guide Blog Index
Frankstown article
Dangers in the field
Links page

Space Exploration pages

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CLICK HERE TO VISIT, ASK QUESTIONS OR LEAVE COMMENTS ON THE MAGS FIELD GUIDE TO ROCKS, MINERALS AND FOSSILS BLOG.

CLICK HERE FOR AN INDEX OF TOPICS ON THE BLOG.
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T.O. Fuller Excavation Pub
Listed by Permission

The T.O. Fuller Report

Tennessee Fossil Pubs
Listed by Permission

Coon Creek Fossils: Part 1
Coon Creek Fossils: Part 2
Lower Devonian Fossils of TN

MAGS FEATURE ARTICLE
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 was in existence until 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. >>Click here read more about MAGS involvement with Chucalissa.>>

BLOG UPDATE
Check out Argon One Blog
The MAGS webmaster hosts a blog (Argon One) and would like to share it with you. This blog is updated regularly. Click on the link above to visit the blog and leave a comment.

TIPS AND TECHNIQUES
Aluminum foil your specimens
09.09.2007: Many people use newspaper or sheets of tissue to wrap their specimens in the field. Specimens wrapped in newspaper tend to become unwrapped in transport. Paper can also blow away. Give aluminum foil a try as a substitute for newspaper or tissue. It's lightweight; can be stored and transported in its original container and torn off as needed; and you can use as much or as little as you need to wrap your specimen. Try wrapping your specimen twice: wrap the first layer loosely, then add a second layer a bit tighter. This technique will provide a bit of a cushion for your specimen and help minimize damage in transport. If you have other collecting tips and techniques that you have found useful, please send MAGS an email and share your tips with others.

LAPIDARY PROJECT
A Basic Pendant Wirewrapping Lesson
08.15.2007: Jurnesse Farley has granted MAGS permission to share her web lesson on wirewrapping with you. Click here for a step-by-step lesson on how to make a basic wirewrapping pendant.

 

"The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."
–Marcel Proust (French Philosopher)

"It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves."
–Sir Edmund Hillary

"How to minimize the impact of a volcanic eruption
already in progress . . . Run."
–Anonymous

 

 


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