Gold, I guess is where you find it.

Detailed directions to the sites will be given in the printed and PDF newsletters sent to members monthly.

S.A.M.S. Field Trips

S.A.M.S. NOVEMBER FIELD TRIP

Lake Douglas, Tennessee
November 23, 2018

Date: Friday, November 23, 2018. We will notify by email and on our website if we reschedule the trip due to inclement weather.
Place: Lake Douglas, Tennessee
Time: We will meet at Westgate.
Minerals: Doubly-terminated quartz crystals ,clear, milky, or smoky with carbon inclusions, geodes, graptolite, stromatolite colorful (yard?) rocks.
Equipment: Bring lunch, drink, and containers for crystals; shovel and tools are optional and usually not needed. You may want to bring boots if it has recently rained. There are no rest room facilities.
Lake Douglas is one of TVA’s multi-purpose lakes. The water level is lowered as much as 60 feet below the top of gates in the winter, exposing large areas of what will be submerged land later in the summer. Late November is an excellent time to explore the dry areas for crystals, providing the sun will shine and it hasn’t rained for a few days before the trip.
Meeting Location: To facilitate carpooling, we will meet in the parking lot next to the Frugal Backpacker at Westgate Shopping Center in Asheville off I-240.
Contact: Tim Barton - Home: 885-8248
- Cell: 577-4505





DIXIE MINERAL COUNCIL

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

An Official Field Trip of the Jacksonville Gem and Mineral Society (Jacksonville, FL) (HOST)
An Official Field Trip of the Southern Appalachian Mineral Society 
Saturday, December 15, 2018
9:00 AM Eastern Standard Time
Fernandina Beach
Fernandina Beach, Florida

TRIP: Amelia Island sharks’ teeth are sourced from the dredging of nearby channels to the north and west (and reportedly date back to a 20-million-year-old geological deposit). The island receives sand from this dredging which is pumped back onto the beach in re-nourishment efforts that take place every several years. The last beach re-nourishment was completed in March 2018.
COLLECTING: Shark teeth and other treasures from the sea. When we start, there will be an incoming tide (low 7:53 am – high 2:15 pm).
BRING: The only tools you actually need are your eyes and patience and something in which you can store your finds. For serious hunters a trowel or small shovel and a screen can be helpful.
REQUIREMENTS: This is a public beach so no special requirements. Dress for a December day at the beach (checking the weather forecast in advance is advisable).
CHILDREN (Yes): Children of all ages are welcome.
PETS (Yes): Dogs are allowed on the beach but must be leashed. Also, please clean up after your dog.
FACILITIES: We will be starting at Main Beach Park which has restrooms and some picnic tables.
OTHER INFORMATION: We will be in the historic town of Fernandina Beach which offers a wide range of lodging and dining.
DIRECTIONS AND WHERE TO MEET: For members only.
CONTACT: For further information, please contact Stephen Waddill at JGMSfieldtrips@jaxgemandmineral.org. On the day of the trip call (904)-400-4066.


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.