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Mineral Section

A Special GMS Group
for People Interested in Minerals

Mineral Section Meets
Third Wednesday
Every Month

Minerals are as varied and unique as people. From the mundane to the spectacular, minerals are fascinating in many respects.

GMS members and visitors who are interested in learning more about minerals -- please join us at Mineral Section meetings for special programs and presentations!

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Mineral Section Message

Cyprus Chalk
Image Credit: Tom Faller

Date: Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Social Time: 7:00 pm
Meeting Time: 7:30 pm
Topic: Where to Draw the Line: Deciding Stratigraphic Units
Location: In-person and via Zoom Link on the GMS Calendar here

The April meeting discussed the March Mineral Symposium, held at the Tellus Museum, with the topic: “Minerals are Art”. There were a number of interesting speakers, who shared their personal visions and working experience as mineral curators, artists, photographers and restorers.

In the May meeting I want to look at different ways to divide up the geologic column, the sequence of rocks laid down and then modified by geologic processes. There is no worldwide record of all of the strata laid down, nor at any given time are all rocks being deposited the same. In this year, there are sandy beaches forming in the Atlantic, volcanic basalts in Iceland, silt and mud beds from the Ganges and silicious chert forming in deep ocean canyons. All of it is a record of this time period, to be classified by future geologists. Learn how geologists mark off units of rock for different purposes.

The May meeting will be held on the third Wednesday of the month, the 15th, and will start at 7:30 pm, with the social and troubleshooting half hour in Zoom starting at 7:00 pm. The meeting link will be sent out early in the month.

Tom Faller
Mineral Section Chair

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