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MSA Monthly Meeting - October 2020 - 'Arizona's Kartchner Caverns State Park' Presented by Mr. Bob Jones

  • 10/08/2020
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Online Event - Zoom Link will be provided @ registration
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“Arizona’s Kartchner Caverns State Park”
Presented by Mr. Bob Jones

MSA's October 8th program “Arizona’s Kartchner Caverns State Park”, will be presented by our own Mr. Bob Jones.

Bob Jones Photo courtesy Chris Whitney-SmithArizona's Kartchner Caverns are ranked among the top ten most beautiful caverns in the world. They were discovered in the foothills of Arizona's Whetstone Mountains in 1974 by two spelunkers who kept them secret for 14 years while convincing the state of Arizona to buy the land and open the Caverns as a State Park. In 1992 I was appointed to the Kartchner Caverns Advisory Board and allowed to explore the Caverns and take photos during construction. The story of the discovery and development of Kartchner Caverns State Park is the subject of my talk.

Mark the date 'October 8th' on your calendars as Mineralogical Society of Arizona is very lucky for a Bob Jones Talk!

Bob is an MSA Milestone Life Member, MSA President 1964, generous donor, volunteer and oldest founding member of our sister organization Flagg Mineral Foundation. He is a world-renowned collector, lecturer, host and author. He authored Nature's Hidden Rainbows Fluorescent Minerals of Franklin, NJ 1964, The Collector's Book of Fluorescent Minerals 1983, Twenty-Fifth and Fifth Year History of the Tucson Show, The Frugal Collector, Volume 1 2011 and over 1800 articles in The Mineralogical Record, Rocks and Minerals, Rock & Gem, Lapidary Journal, Monde et Mineraux and Arizona Highways. Bob is co-host for BlueCap Productions DVD series of “What’s Hot” filmed at premier gem and mineral shows in Tucson, Arizona and Munich, Germany.

Bob earned his MS in Science from New Haven Teacher's College, taught Science for 32 years, and is Senior Consulting Editor of Rock and Gem, 1992 inductee into National Rockhound and Lapidary Hall of Fame, 1998 Carnegie Mineralogical Award recipient, honoree of mineral species: Bobjonesite, recipient of Flagg Mineral Foundation 2012 A. L. Flagg Lifetime Achievement Award and Mineralogical Society of Arizona 2014 Hall of Fame Inductee.

This will be a virtual event via Zoom. Link to the meeting will be sent in email closer to the event.


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