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10.02.14 -- 6:30pm -- MAGS Board Meeting: St. Frances St. Claire Room
10.10.14 -- 7:30pm -- MAGS Membership Meeting:
Shady Grove Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall; Adult Program–The Mining Cycle; Youth Program–Indoor Fossil Dig
10.11.14 -- TBA -- MAGS Field Trip: Memphis Stone & Gravel, Anderson Mine
10.11.14 -- TBA -- DMC Field Trip: Taylorsville, Spencer County, KY
10.25.14 -- 8:00am-1:00pm -- MAGS Picnic/Rock Swap: Shelby Farms Park

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 OCTOBER 2014 MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
The mining cycle

the mining cycle

10.01.14: MATTHEW LYBANON: In last month’s MAGS meeting presentation, MAGS Member Herb Nicholson explained the rock cycle. And at the October 10 meeting MAGS Member Alan Parks will fill us in on the mining cycle. (We’re fortunate to have Members who are experts in their fields.) >>Read more in the October Rockhounds News>>

FROM THE SEPTEMBER 2014 MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
Geology of eastern Tennessee

09.03.14: MATTHEW LYBANON: Come to our September 12 meeting to learn
about the geology of eastern Tennessee from one of our own Members. Herb Nicholson will touch on the following points. Here is a chance for MAGS Members to enjoy a geological presentation about our state, learn some facts, and see some rock samples from the area along with a sample of crude oil. >>Read more in the September Rockhounds News>>

FROM THE AUGUST 2014 MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
Indoor Rock Swap/Picnic

08.04.2014: MATTHEW LYBANON: The annual MAGS Indoor Picnic and Rock Swap will take place instead of the August 8 Membership Meeting. The picnic will be a potluck. To make sure we have a good variety of good food, please bring a dish based on the initial letter of your last name: A-J [entrees]; K-S [desserts]; and T-Z [appetizers or side dishes]. >>Read more in the August Rockhounds News>>

FROM THE JULY 2014 MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
Discovery Park of America

07.03.2014: MATTHEW LYBANON: Polly Brasher will present the July MAGS Membership Program on Discovery Park of America. She will tell us a brief history of the park followed by a tour of the nine galleries in the park. The July MAGS field trip to Discovery Park will be the day following the MAGS Membership Meeting. >>Read more in the July Rockhounds News>>

FROM THE JUNE 2014 MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
Morrison Formation Palynoflora

06.11.14: DR. NINA BAGHAI-RIDING: The Morrison Formation is a rock unit from the Late Jurrasic comprised of mudstone, sandstone, siltstone and limestone which is light grey, greenish grey or red. This fossiliferous formation extends throughout the Western United States. >>Read more in the June Rockhounds News>>

FROM THE MAY 2014 MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
Naga-el-Der

05.02.14: MATTHEW LYBANON: The May rogram will be presented by Dr. Pat Podzorski, curator for the ancient Egyptian collection of the Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology at the University of Memphis. >>Read more in the May 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 2015 Memphis Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show visit the Earth Wide Open website.

Click here to download
a copy of the October issue of MAGS Rockhound News
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To view MAGS Field Trip Reports and Pictures, click on the links below:
2014 -- Mar 29 -- Sugar Creek
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MAGS Field Guide Blog
Field Guide Blog Index
Frankstown article
Dangers in the field
Links page

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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.>>

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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