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August 2017 MAGS Events
08.03.2017 6:30pm MAGS Board Meeting: St. Francis Hospital, Memphis
08.11.2017 7:00pm

MAGS Membership Meeting: Shady Grove Presbyterian Church. Adults and youth will join together tonight for the annual indoor picnic and rock swap. See the newsletter for details.

08.12.2017 TBA MAGS Field Trip: Hedger Brotherss Quarry, Jonesboro, AR
08.19.2017 TBA MAGS Volunteer Opportunity: Chucalissa Volunteer Day
08.21.2017 TBA SFMS Event: Wildacres Session begins
08.26.2017 TBA DMC Field Trip: Lincoln County, NC

Adult and youth visitors are welcome at all membership meetings. We have programs
for both adults and youth. Check the calendar above for dates and program information.

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 AUGUST 2017 ISSUE OF MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
The Annual Indoor Picnic and Rock Swap

08.03.17: MATTHEW LYBANON: The annual MAGS Indoor Picnic and Rock Swap will take the place of the August 11 Membership Meeting. To make sure we have a good variety of good food, please bring a dish based on the initial letter of your last name. Everyone think picnic food. A-G bring dessert. H-N bring appetizer or side dish. O-Z bring a main course dish. This event will be a rock swap, so bring your own table if you have things to sell or swap. See you there. Read about fabulous fossils of Tennessee, the solar eclipse and much, much more in the August issue of Rockhound News.

FROM THE JULY 2017 ISSUE OF MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
Belz Museum Asian art and earth science for every kid

07.06.17: MIKE BALDWIN: During the July Membership meeting the adults looked at the hard stones of Chinese Qing dynasty carvings, the symbols of said sculptures, and taking an in-depth look at the pieces of jade that make up the Belz Museum Asian collection and the Belz Private Collection with Belinda Fish, Director and Education Coordinator of the Belz Museum. The July Youth meeting was all about earth science as those in attendance perform a number on hands-on experiments. The youth program was presented by Mike Baldwin. Read more about the Belz Museum, how whales happened to be found in Tennessee, the July MAGS field trip to the Belz Museum and much, much more in the July issue of Rockhound News.

FROM THE JUNE 2017 ISSUE OF MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
Collecting and viewing tiny crystals

Mike Howard

06.06.17: MIKE HOWARD: Microscopic crystals are the flowers of the mineral world. Anyone who has ever looked at crystals with a microscope will be captivated by the perfection of form, bright colors, unusual habits, and amazing variety of what is seen. Read more about micro-crystals, find out about the June rock swap and more in the June issue of Rockhound News.

FROM THE MAY 2017 ISSUE OF MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS

05.03.17: WC McDaniel: At the May Membership Meeting, we made a forest of gem trees. MAGS provided the branches [wire], leaves [beads], and members provided the base [a rock about 2-3 inches wide, with a flat bottom]. A few extra rocks were available for those who were experiencing a rock shortage. Read more in the May issue of Rockhound News.

FROM THE MARCH ISSUE OF MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
Rockhunting Down Under

03.02.2017: DAVE CLARKE: In this talk there was something for everyone; Dave Clakre gave an overview of the riches and peculiarities of New Zealand geology, and the gemstones, minerals, and fossils that may be found there. Read more in the March issue of Rockhound News.

FROM THE FEBRUARY ISSUE OF MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
Viking in Memphis

02.03.2017: RENDY HUNT: A brief introduction and explanation of the Oseberg burial and the ongoing project to recreate the burial grave goods using materials sourced from Memphis and the surrounding areas was presented to the MAGS membership. Read more in the February issue of Rockhound News.

FROM THE JANUARY 2017 ISSUE OF MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
Mapping prehistoric tool-stone use

mapping prehistoric tool-stone use

01.13.2017: RYAN PARISH, PhD, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Memphis: The focus of Dr. Parish's talk was on understanding prehistoric behavior and understanding where on the landscape they obtained chert to use for manufacturing stone tools. Read more in the January Rockhound News.

FROM THE NOVEMBER 2016 ISSUE OF MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
Alabama: Paleozoic Paradise

11.01.2016: MATTHEW LYBANON: Ashley Allen, the President of the Alabama Paleontological Society, presented the program at the November MAGS Membership Meeting. Ashley was part of an unusual collaboration between amateurs and professionals that rescued the former Union Chapel Mine (UCM) site — now recognized as one of the world's best Carboniferous tracksites — from reclamation. Read more in the November Rockhound News.

HERE'S A VERY IMPORTANT WEBLINK FOR YOU FROM THE TN GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Click on the image below to learn about Tennessee fossils

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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.

ON THE WEB
Visit the MAGS Flickr gallery of pictures

MAGS MEMBERS: We now have a place to showcase your field trip, rock show, and mineral-collecting vacation pictures. Visit our Flickr gallery of pictures. If you have pictures you would like to share, send them to the MAGS webmaster and [if they are pictures all members of MAGS would enjoy] he will get them in the gallery.

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

"When out fossil hunting, it is very easy to forget that rather than telling you how the creatures lived, the remains you find indicate only where they became fossilized."
–– Richard E. Leakey

 

 

 

 


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