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S.A.M.S. Field Trips

S.A.M.S. JUNE FIELD TRIP

The June Field Trip to Ray Mines will be June 19th, 2018. Tim Barton would like to meet you at the Burger King at 9 am in Burnsville.





DIXIE MINERAL COUNCIL

Dixie Mineral Council Field Trip
The Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc.

Dixie Mineral Council Field Trip
The Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc.
An Official Field Trip of the Middle Tennessee Rockhounds (Nashville, TN)
An Official Field Trip of the Southern Appalachian Mineral Society
 

Saturday, June 23, 2018
10AM ‘til 2 PM EDT
Coon Creek Science Center
McNairy County, Tennessee
Limited to 35 participants
Pre-Registration Required
FEE $15

TRIP: Within the grounds of Coon Creek Science Center, located in rural McNairy County, Tennessee, lies one of the most important fossil sites in North America. Acquired by the Memphis Museum System in 1988, this property contains a treasure lode of superbly preserved Upper Cretaceous marine shells and vertebrate remains left there 70 million years ago when the water of the Gulf of Mexico receded.  Coon Creek fossils are mostly marine invertebrates (clams, snails, oysters, shrimp etc.) that are about 75 million years old.  They are found in an unconsolidated clay/sand matrix.  Coon Creek fossils are very unique because of the state of their preservation.  They are original material – the shells have not turned to stone.  They are also very abundant with a huge variety of species.  You will be able to collect in a “quarry” area and surface collect from Coon Creek's stream bed (as guided by the museum staff).  You will be “carving” fossils out of the Coon Creek formation by looking through chunks of the formation that have been loosened from the quarry.  Participants will use a curved linoleum knife for collecting.  Museum instructors will demonstrate how to collect your fossils and how to clean them.  Everyone will find fossils!  Some of the fossils are very fragile.  You keep what you find with a few exceptions.  If you find a specimen that would be beneficial for the Museum’s collection or research, the Museum reserves the right to keep that fossil.  See also:  http://www.memphismuseums.org/coon_creek-overview

Program – Field Paleontology (4 Hours): Introduction – 30 minutes; Collecting Session (quarry and surface) – 2 Hour; Lunch – 30 minutes; Clean and Identify Fossils - 45 minutes
COLLECTING: Upper Cretaceous marine fossils.
BRING: Lunch (there is no food nearby & no vending machines at the center), water, boots or shoes that can get wet/dirty, poncho, towel, change of clothes & shoes (for return home), bucket, small digging tool (optional;  linoleum knives will be furnished), roll of aluminum foil (to protect your finds), and bug spray.
FEE: $15 per participant
REGISTRATION: Pre-Registration Procedure: After you supply required information by email to Middle Tennessee Rockhounds (MTR), MTR will assign you a registration number by return email – bring registration number the day of the fieldtrip.  [Instructions for mailing the $15 per participant fee will be included with registration number.  Registration is not official until fee is received.]  Once registration reaches 35, registration is closed.  To register, email Fieldtrip@rockhound.org with:  Name(s; Last, First), Address/ City/State, Phone (include cell for day of trip), club, age of children (must be 10 to 17 years old and accompanied by a parent or a guardian).  Registration requests are limited to family members, couples, and significant others; non-related individuals must email separate registration requests.
CHILDREN: Yes (see stipulations in registration above; no children under 10 per Coon Creek Science Center)
PETS: No.
FACILITIES: Bathrooms and showers are available.  There are no snack or drink machines.  There are no restaurants or stores nearby.
RAIN OR SHINE: This fieldtrip is rain or shine.  The Science Center will cancel only if weather conditions are threatening.
LODGING & CAMPING: Rooms are available in nearby Henderson and Savannah, Tennessee.  Campsites are available at Chickasaw State Park (http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/chickasaw) and Mousetail Landing State Park (http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/mousetail-landing).
CONTACTS:
Mike Mangrum, 615-587-1733; TennRockGuy@gmail.com
Randy Gentry, 615-566-8482; RGentry@biscanconstruction.com (no calls after 10pm CST; leave message if no answer);
To register for field trip, email Fieldtrip@rockhound.org.

 

An Official Field Trip of the Huntsville Gem & Mineral Society (Huntsville, AL) (HOST)
An Official Field Trip of the Southern Appalachian Mineral Society

 
Saturday, July 28, 2018
Hogg Mine, Troup County, GA
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fee Site
TRIP: The Hogg Mine started out as the Oxford Mine in 1942 to mine beryl to produce beryllium. Commercial operations shut down in 1960. The site has been opened off and on since then for specimen mining and is currently managed by Chris Painter. The site is a surface mine pit approximately 650 feet long with an east – west orientation.
COLLECTING: The parking area is at the east end of the pit. As you enter the pit from the parking area there is a trench approximately 150 feet long and to your right. Here has been found large green Aquamarine beryl and pockets of green Aquamarine beryl.  As you enter the main pit area, there is a tailing or spoil pile to your left that came out of the pit in front of you. There has been several large nice gemmy Aquamarine beryl specimens come from this area.  The main pit in front of you has a plethora of treasures, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz, banded Quartz, Beryl in matrix with the quartz, Tourmaline in matrix with the quartz, etc. The last area of note is at the western end at the back of the pit. There has been a new smaller pit dug in the last year and some very nice Blue Aquamarine Beryl has been found. The new pit was dug because an old drilling report had indicated that Amethyst was found. There are pieces of Amethyst coming from the new pit.
FACILITIES: There is an outhouse available on site. There is plenty of parking. The mine also cooks hamburgers and hot dogs and has drinks. Lunch plate is $8.00
FEE: 17 years old and up is $35 per person, 16 years old and younger dig for free.
TOOLS: Bring all the tools you have: pick, shovel, screen, rock hammer, hand sledge, rock chisel, bucket, hand cart, etc. The Hogg does sale some tools in limited quantities. It would be a good idea to bring an extra change of clothes. The pit can be muddy and wet.

Where we will meet: For members only.

Directions and Drive Time: For members only.


DIXIE MINERAL COUNCIL FIELD TRIPS
Field trips are open to all members of associated clubs of the DMC program of the SFMS Field Trip Committee and to all members of SFMS member clubs who have provided their membership with SFMS liability insurance. Because of insurance requirements, members of the GENERAL PUBLIC are NOT invited on any DMC program field trips.

 

Here are some photos taken at past field trips:


Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Lowell at Little Pine, May 2006
Judy collecting garnets at Little Pine, May 2006
Martina looking for Kyanite, June 2005
Glenden, April 2006
Glenden, April 2006
Glenden, April 2006
Glenden, April 2006
Bob O'Brien Bob O'Brien strikes it rich at the Thermal City Gold Mine.

S.A.M.S. family hunting for quartz crystals.
S.A.M.S. Family

Sharing finds at Lake Douglas.
Lake Douglas

A prized smokey quartz crystal from Lake Douglas.
Lake Douglas Quartz

Digging for rubies & sapphires in the red dirt of Propst Farm.
Propst Farm

Lowell Presnell, proud of the hole he has dug.
Lowell in hole



Illustration with text from LIVING FOSSILS by Anne L. Parker. Used by permission of Dr. James P. Parker.