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4138 Steve Reynolds Boulevard
Norcross, GA 30093-3059


Meetings are 7:30 pm the first Monday of each Month at:
4138 Steve Reynolds Boulevard
Norcross, GA 30093-3059

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Date: September 18, 2017 (Note 3rd Monday because of Labor Day)
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: GMS Building
Speaker: Jame A. Riley
Topic: The Viburnum Trend - Paragenesis of the Mines of SE Missouri's Eastern Lead Belt

Jame A. Riley – is a professional graphic designer in Atlanta, operating as Riley Design Works, as well as a lifelong mineral collector, who has built a personal collection of over 850 specimens. He’s an authority on many worldwide localities and has been actively involved in the retail side of this hobby off & on for the past 30 years. He previously worked at The Explorer’s Trading Company, Art by God (Gene Harris’ retail shop in Underground Atlanta in the early ‘90s) and as a top sales person at The Discover Store – taking their Phipps Plaza, Atlanta location to the top in the country for geology sales in the mid ‘90s. In the summer of 2015, he launched Paragenesis Minerals, specializing in affordable specimens of top rate & unusual new finds from all over the world. His artistic sensibilities combine the best of aesthetics with the value of the geologic science.

He was the guest presenter at the 2016 Tellus Rockfest and this new presentation is an expanded reexamination of the world famous Missouri Lead Belt – particularly the SE section known as The Viburnum Trend – the single largest lead ore body on the planet. This presentation will focus on the geologic history of the deposits through several hydrothermal events that created one of the world’s largest and most valuable deposits of lead sulfide. We will also discuss the paragenesis sequences and how the country rock contributed to the beautiful but limited suite of minerals that are found here. Q&A to follow.

Jame holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Kent State University. He has collected and studied minerals for most of his life, being as fascinated with the chemistry and formation as well as the amazing beauty of the geologic world. He is currently working on an article that will update the numerous finds of new minerals being found in Pakistan as well as a paper on the recent discovery of new Pakistani Brucite specimens. Growing up in the Midwest gave him instant access to fossils & minerals scattered throughout the countryside, thus getting him hooked from an early age. He’s been in Atlanta now for over 30 years, and always keeps an eye on the ground.

Note: We will be meeting on the third Monday this month since Labor Day falls on the first Monday.

Tom Batcha
Vice President of Programs and Special Events Chair

General meetings are usually on the first Monday of the month. If this date falls on a holiday, the general meeting will be on the THIRD Monday of the month. In June, the annual picnic and auction replaces the general meeting and is held on a Saturday.

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