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The Earth Wide Open Show
 
April 2018 MAGS Events
04.05.2018 6:30p MAGS Board Meeting: St. Francis Hospital, St. Claire Room
04.13.2018 7:00p

MAGS Membership Meeting: Shady Grove Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall; Adult and youth program will be "A History of MAGS" and "15 Days Until the Show"

04.27.2018 TBA DMC Field Trip: Graves Mountain, GA
04.28-29.2018

Sat. 9-6;
Sun. 10-5

The 39th Annual Memphis Mineral, Fossil and Jewelry Show: Agricenter, 7777 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, TN

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.

DON'T MISS OUT ON ALL THE FUN AT THE MEMPHIS MINERAL, FOSSIL AND JEWELRY SHOW
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 come 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.

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

03.01.2018: MATTHEW LYBANON: In the March program some MAGS Members will tell you 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.

FROM THE OCTOBER ISSUE OF MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
"Wait, slow down! What was that we just drove past?"

Road cut

10.01.2017: JENNIFER GIFFORD, PhD.: Have you ever been driving and happened to glance out your window and spotted something on a road outcrop that just looked plain interesting? At the October meeting we discussed the different types of geologic structures that can be seen as you drive in the southern United States. Read about this, a tribute to Idajean Jordan and more in the October Rockhound News.

FROM THE SEPTEMBER 2017 ISSUE OF MAGS ROCKHOUND NEWS
Opals

09.03.17: BARRY GILMORE: During the September MAGS Membership Meeting we discussed various types and kinds of Opal, geographic sources of Opal, patterns of Opal fire, how rough Opal is cut into a useable gemstone, and characteristics that determine Opal values. Read about fabulous Tennessee fossils, the snows of Kilimanjaro, the ancient Pueblo people and much, much more in the September 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 performed 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.

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

 

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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