NORTH SHORE ROCK & MINERAL CLUB
Hamilton Wenham Community House
284 Bay Road,
S. Hamilton, Ma 01982
Our Next Meeting will be held
February 17, 2017 at 7:45pm
Hamilton Wenham Community House, 284 Bay Road, S. Hamilton, Ma 01982
“Minerals of Massachusetts”
Massachusetts has a surprisingly large number of mineral species for a relatively smallstate, and boasts a long history of mineralogical discovery which continues to the present day.“Minerals of Massachusetts” is a pictorial survey of many of the state’s minerals, from commonrock-forming species to a variety of gemstones; and from metallic ores to rare and unusualcollector specialties. The total number of minerals in Massachusetts is now 283, up from 165species reported in 1985 by Dr. Carl Francis of Harvard in his “Checklist of MassachusettsMinerals.” Fluorescent, type, and radioactive species will also be discussed, along withlaboratory testing methods, a look at unverified and questionable species, and tips on the bestlocalities and geological environments for searching for additional minerals to add to the state’slist.
Peter is a past president of both the Boston Mineral Club and Micromounters of NewEngland, and is the author of the book,Rockhounding New England (Falcon Guides/Globe PequotPress, 2014). He will have copies of his book for sale at the meeting.
Sure to be very interesting!
This month we will look at extrusive volcanic rocks, minerals and find out where the nearest remnant volcano can be found. There are several types of volcanoes and each produce their own types of extrusive rocks. We will see some of these rare lavas, unique things ejected with the lava, and how minerals can form in these lavas. Everyone is encouraged to bring a specimen for show and tell. We will also talk about the up-coming mineral show and who might be interested in entering an exhibit of your favorite specimens.
See you there.-- Tom
REFRESHMENTS WILL BE SERVED AFTER A BRIEF BUSINESS
MEETING. CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE REFRESHMENT TABLE ALWAYS WELCOME! NO PEANUT PRODUCTS, PLEASE.
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