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September 2018 MAGS Events
09.06.2018 6:30p MAGS Board Meeting: St. Francis Hospital, St. Claire Room
09.14.2018 7:00p MAGS Membership Meeting: Shady Grove Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall; Adult and youth programs.
09.22.2018 TBA MAGS Field Trip: Hedger Aggregate, Jonesboro, Arkansas
09.29.2018 TBA DMC Field Trip: Willis Kyanite Mine, Dillwyn, Virginia

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 SEPTEMBER 2018 ISSUE OF MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
The Looper Collection

09.05.18: DR. NINA L. BAGHAI-RIDING: The late Pleistocene of North America is characterized by vertebrate animals (mostly mammals weighing ≥ 44 kg) including American mastodon, bison, giant ground sloth, and giant short-faced bear. Read more in the September issue of Rockhound News.

FROM THE AUGUST 2018 ISSUE OF MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
Field trip to Discovery Park on August 18

Discovery Paark

08.03.18: MIKE BALDWIN: The August MAGS field trip to Discovery Park, Union City, Tennessee was great. If you have never been, you should go. If you have been, you should go again. Sherri and I went on the 2014 field trip to the park and it was awesome. The park is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes from Memphis. Park opens at 10:00. Prices are: 3 and under Free; $11.95 for 4-12 years old; $14.95 for 13-64 years old; $12.95 for 65+. Read more in the August issue of Rockhound News.

FROM THE JULY 2018 ISSUE OF MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
Mineral Safari to South Africa, Namibia and Botswana

07.04.18: MATTHEW LYBANON: In August and September of 2017 Hisami and Jimmy McNeil went to South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana to buy minerals. Traveling around 5,000 miles with a South African mineral dealer friend they visited local mineral collectors, dealers, and miners; they visited the locations of several world famous mines.. Read more in the July issue of Rockhound News.

FROM THE JUNE 2018 ISSUE OF MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
Climbing Kilimanjaro: The roof of Africa

06.03.18: KEITH RIDING: The name Mount Kilimanjaro or just Kilimanjaro evokes images of adventure and brings to mind a snow capped peak in faraway Africa. Made famous in part by Ernest Hemingway in his 1936 short story ‘The Snows of Kilimanjaro’ the mountain has drawn adventure seekers for over a century. Read more about MAGS member, Keith Riding's 2017 adventure to Mount Kilimanjaro and much, much more in the June issue of Rockhound News.

FROM THE MAY 2018 ISSUE OF MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
Mammoth, Mastodon, Elephant: What's in a name?

05.03.18: MIKE BALDWIN: Although mastodons were on the earth 6 million years ago, at the end of the Ice Age mastodons, mammoths and modern elephants each claimed their own territories around the globe. Elephants roamed the savannahs of Africa and Asia. Woolly mammoths inhabited parts of the Arctic, while the Columbian mammoth occupied parts of the grasslands of North America. Mastodons claimed the forest and brush lands of North America as their home. Read more in the May issue of Rockhound News.

MEMPHIS MINERAL, FOSSIL AND JEWELRY SHOW IN APRIL
The Earth Wide Open

2018 Rock Show

04.01.18: MIKE BALDWIN: Visit the official website for the Memphis Mineral, Fossil, and Jewelry Show. The Show, which for one weekend a year, offers everyone the opportunity to experience the EARTH WIDE OPEN. Where else can you go and find a one-stop-shop for dioptase, dinosaurs, and diamonds for a whole weekend right here in Memphis? There is just no better way to complete your Earth Day celebration than to see what’s inside! All Scouts-in-uniform (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Scout Leaders) get in free! Click here and learn more about The Earth Wide Open. Check out the April Rockhound News.

FROM THE MARCH 2018 ISSUE OF MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
World travels with MAGS members

03.01.2018: MATTHEW LYBANON: For the March program some MAGS Members told us about their recent travels to some interesting places. Carol and Matthew Lybanon cruised South America from Buenos Aires around Cape Horn to Santiago. Debbie and Alan Schaeffer visited the land of fire and ice, Iceland. Read about thier adventures and more in the March issue of MAGS Rockhound News.

FROM THE FEBRUARY 2018 ISSUE OF MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
Treasure hunting with Lou White

01.30.18: MIKE BALDWIN: Former MAGS President Lou White presented the February program, "Treasure Hunting." Lou talked about things that can be found in the local area: rocks, minerals, fossils, antiques, old bottles, Civil War relic [things a prospector would look for]. Read about their adventures and more in the March Rockhound New.

FROM THE NOVEMBER 2017 ISSUE OF MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
The truth about radiation

11.01.2017: KONRAD ARMSTRONG, MAGS MEMBER: The November program had three segments. The first segment was mainly just explaining what radiation is, the different forms, how it can affect humans, and how to protect yourself from it. 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.

Late Pleistocene Megafauna From Mississippi Plain Gravel Bars

Excerpt from Late Pleistocene Megafauna, by Dr. Nina L. Baghai-Riding, Danielle B. Husley, Christine Beck, and Eric Blackwell.

The late Pleistocene of North America is characterized by vertabrate animals (mostly mammals weighing ≥ 44kg) including Mammut americanum (American mastodon), Bison spp. (bison), Megalonyx jeffersonii, and Arctodus simus. Disarticulated skeletal elements of vertebrate fauna are frequently exposed on floodplain and gravel bar deposits after floodwaters retreat throughout the Mississippi Alluvial Plain.

Click here or on the lefthand image to download your copy of this 24-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

 

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The American Federation of Mineralogical Societies

 

MAGS is a member of:
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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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