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    • 09/25/2021
    • Meet Up Location @ Registration (Mingus Mountain)
    Register

    Saturday, September 25, 2021 field trip is a joint field trip with the Daisy Mountain Gem and Mineral Club and the Sedona Gem and Mineral Club.  Trip being organized by Daisy Mountain Rock & Mineral Club.

    More information about the meeting time and place will be emailed after registration.

    The Banded Iron Formation (BIF) is a very Geologically significant deposit both in age (~1.8 Billion years old) and composition.  To learn more about this amazing rock, here is a link to a short article about the deposit:    http://repository.azgs.az.gov/sites/default/files/dlio/files/nid1931/sp2-chp4-p73-82.pdf

    Not only is the deposit of scientific interest, it is an attractive rock and is also a lapidary material.  (Although it does make a mess with its abundant red stain.)

    Here are some images of the BIF from around Mingus Mountain.


    HERE IS THE SPECIFIC INFORMATION FROM DMRMC:

    Hi All,

    The trip to Mingus Mountain for Jasper with Hematite is scheduled for Saturday September 25th. 

    Meet-up details near Prescott Valley emailed after registration.

    The road back to the collecting area can be rough in spots, so I prefer high clearance vehicles, but for anyone without an SUV or pickup, you could leave your vehicle at one of the camping spots close to the main road.  We will go about 7.5 miles back on the dirt roads to the site.

    We will be joining our friends from the Sedona Gem & Mineral Club and the MSA Club.  Make sure you let me know that you want to go and who is going with you. (plus phone number)  We already have people signing up before this email went out.  We will be at about 7000 ft elevation, so it should be beautiful weather.  There is plenty of material to collect for all.

    Thanks for your support.

    Bill Freese
    DMRMC VP & Field Trip Committee Chairman
    602-568-6843
    bfreese77@cox.net

    • 10/02/2021
    • 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Meet Up Location @ Registration
    Register

    MSA FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

    JOINT TRIP WITH

    DAISY MOUNTAIN ROCK & MINERAL CLUB


    MEET TIME: 9:30 AM outside Payson (meeting location will be sent after registration)

    END TIME: The trip will end by 2PM or whenever you want to depart.

    LIMITED TRIP: No Limit

    TRAVEL NOTE: Please allow at least 1/2 hour more time than normal to get to the meeting spot. The delays may not be noted on the state of Arizona highway condition website.

    VEHICLE: Almost any vehicle can make this trip.

    TRIP DEMAND LEVEL: Easy to Moderate 

    SAFETY:  Arrive with full tank of Gas and Good Tires.  Safety Glasses, Gloves, and Personal PPE.  Please bring a whistle in case we need to find you or gather up the participants.

    LIST OF TOOLS NEEDED: Rake, Small Shovel, Sifter, Rock Hammer, Large Shovel, Sledge Hammer.

    RECOMMENDED: Sunscreen, Hat, Water, Lunch, Bug Spray, Bucket, First Aid Kit, Sturdy shoes or boots, and normal day hiking items.

    MATERIAL: Quartz like Herkimer Diamonds from New York

    TRIP LEADER: Chris Whitney-Smith & Bill Freese

    RSVP REQUIRED by Thursday @ 6 PM - MSA Members Only

    CANCELLATION: Trip Leader can cancel the field trip due to low participation (under 5 members RSVP) or weather or road conditions.  

    This trip with our Daisy Mountain Rock & Mineral Club friends.  There are several spots to search and dig, but the Forest Service limits this activity to certain times of year (after Oct 1st).

    Please register to attend field trip event.

    See ya there!

    Bill Freese, DMRMC VP & Field Trip Committee Chairman

    602-568-6843

    bfreese77@cox.net

    and

    Chris Whitney-Smith, MSA President

    email:  Ask.ChrisWS@gmail.com

    These are the sort of crystals we will hopefully find.  The biggest (in the back) is about two inches long.  The have nice sharp crystal faces are are all nearly complete and doubly terminated.  Most of the imperfections on these crystals are contact points.  Places the crystal grew -in contact - with the pocket or other crystals.  You will find lots of broken crystals and fragments, but this is what you strive to find.

    This is a close up view of a rhombohedral (pyramidal) faces.  These are little bumps called growth hillocks.  They are fairly common on quartz crystals and especially those from Diamond Point.  They are best seen when light is reflected from the rhombohedral faces.  Here is a link to some more information on quartz crystal faces.     http://www.quartzpage.de/crs_forms.html

    Amethyst crystals have also been found at Diamond Point.  Although not common, they are always a welcome find.  This picture also shows where the crystals were originally found, i.e., in pockets within the limestone.  Just by wandering around the forest you may find a few crystal loose at the surface.  These crystals were formed in the pockets, but being more durable than the limestone and calcite (also found in the pockets) they survive weathering and erosion to accumulate at the surface.  Obviously, there were more common years ago, but by careful searching, the collector will be able to find some.

    This is a clear quartz crystal in a pocket with calcite crystals.  Normally it is better to collect "matrix" specimens, although the matrix (limestone) in this sample is just a little too big.  This one was obtained by breaking a limestone boulder.  (Bring a big hammer.)

    Keep your eyes open for these little critters.  This is the GREATER SHORT-HORNED LIZARD - Phrynosoma (Tapaja) hernandesi.  They are harmless and interesting to look at and photograph.  This one looks a little irritated with me.  (I think they always look a little bit miffed.)

    • 10/08/2021
    • 6:00 AM
    • 10/10/2021
    • 3:00 PM
    • Trona, California

    Trona, Searles Lake, California

    MSA FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

    http://www1.iwvisp.com/tronagemclub/GEM-O-RAMA.htm

    At this time, the field trip is tentative and is dependent upon California's regulations about COVID 19 and seismic activity in the area.  Last year the Trona Show and field trips were cancelled due to COVID 19 and the show in 2019 was cancelled due to earthquakes.

    This image (at the Trona Gem-O-Rama) displays a halite digger's pants after a day in the brine pools.  The salt encrusted jeans are standing stiff without support!  This in itself is worth the trip! 


    • 11/07/2021
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Wickenburg, Arizona

    Date Creek

    MSA FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

    This Sunday field trip will be back to an old classic.  
    • 12/03/2021
    • 8:30 AM
    • 12/05/2021
    • 5:00 PM
    • Meet Up Location @ Registration

    MSA FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

    MEET TIME: 8:00 AM in TBD (meeting location will be sent after registration)

    END TIME: The trip will end next day by 5 PM

    TRIP DETAIL:  Day Trip or Overnight Camp at Mine or book hotel in Yuma, AZ.    Meetup on Saturday, December 19th Only.

    LIMITED TRIP: No Limit 

    FEE's:  Red Cloud collecting Fee's (to be announced).  

    TRAVEL NOTE: Please allow at least 1/2 hour more time than normal to get to the meeting spot. The delays were not noted on the state of Arizona highway condition website.

    VEHICLE: Higher Clearance vehicles required.  2WD okay.

    SAFETY: We will be using masks when close and practicing social distancing.                   *** No Carpooling due to COVID-19***  

    RECOMMENDED:  Rock hammer, chisels, 3-5 lb sledge hammer, hard hat, safety glasses, gloves, long pants, long sleeve shirts, collecting container/bucket.  Surdy shoes or boots and normal day hiking items.  Sunscreen, hat, extra water.

    MATERIAL: Wulfenite, Fluorescents 

    TRIP LEADER: Chris Whitney-Smith

    RSVP REQUIRED by Tuesday, December 15, 2020 @ 6 PM - MSA Members Only.  Non-Members need to join MSA at prorated rate for December.


    REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. 


    • 12/27/2021
    • 8:00 AM
    • 12/30/2021
    • Round Mountain, Arizona

    Round Mountain

    MSA FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

    MEET TIME: 

    END TIME: 

    LIMITED TRIP: No Limit

    TRAVEL NOTE: 

    VEHICLE:  

    SAFETY:  

    RECOMMENDED: 

    MATERIAL:

    TRIP LEADER: 


    MSA Members Only.


Past events

09/16/2021 MSA Monthly (In-Person & Zoom) Meeting - September 16, 2021 - "Quartz – Another Mineral Arizona Should Be Famous For” Presented by Mr. Les Presmyk
08/21/2021 13th Annual Gilbert Fine Mineral Sale 2021
07/24/2021 MSA FIELD TRIP: BISBEE & TOMBSTONE MINE TOURS
06/10/2021 MSA Monthly Meeting - June 10, 2021 - “LGF Gallery: Minerals, Fossils and Meteorites Oh My" by Mr. Mike Fleeman
06/05/2021 Panning for Gold
05/26/2021 DoBell Ranch Petrified Wood
05/20/2021 MSA Monthly Meeting - May 20, 2021 - “Laser Stimulated Fluorescence from Earth to Mars" by Mr. Tom Kaye
05/01/2021 Dave Haneline Mine (formerly Blue Owl Mine)
04/24/2021 PALEO SITE FOSSIL COLLECTING
04/08/2021 MSA Monthly Meeting - April 2021 - "Rock Candy" by Mr. Stan Celestian
04/07/2021 2021 Tucson's Gem and Mineral Shows
03/27/2021 MSA FIELD TRIP: CHILITO MINE
03/14/2021 MSA FIELD TRIP: BLUE CUBE, PRISM & SPECTRUM MINES
03/11/2021 MSA Monthly Meeting - March 2021 - "Gold: A journey from the Big Bang to the forest of the Amazon" By Dr. Terry Wallace Jr.
03/06/2021 2021 Apache Junction Rock Sale
03/06/2021 MSA FIELD TRIP: BLUE BALL MINE
02/27/2021 MSA FIELD TRIP: PLANET MINE
02/18/2021 MSA Monthly Meeting - February 2021 - "TEN TALL TRUE TALES Plus One" By Mr. Bob Jones
01/30/2021 MSA FIELD TRIP: ANDERSON MINE
01/21/2021 MSA Monthly Meeting - January 2021 - “Crystalline Eye Candy” presented by Jeff Scovil
12/19/2020 MSA FIELD TRIP: RED CLOUD MINE (Overnight Trip)
12/06/2020 POSTPONED: Mineralogical Society of Arizona - Founder's Day Show - Celebrating MSA's 85th Birthday
11/21/2020 CANCELED: MSA FIELD TRIP: CAMP VERDE SALT MINE
11/21/2020 CANCELED - MSA FIELD TRIP: ANDERSON MINE (Overnight Trip)
11/19/2020 MSA Monthly Meeting - November 2020 - 'Behind the Scenes of the New UA Alfie Norville Gem and Mineral Museum' Presented by Mr. Eric Fritz
11/14/2020 POSTPONED UNTIL JAN or FEB 2021: MSA FIELD TRIP: AQUARIUS MTS
10/17/2020 MSA FIELD TRIP: CHILITO MINE
10/10/2020 MSA FIELD TRIP: DIAMOND POINT (QUARTZ)
10/08/2020 MSA Monthly Meeting - October 2020 - 'Arizona's Kartchner Caverns State Park' Presented by Mr. Bob Jones
09/26/2020 MSA FIELD TRIP: PAYSON FOSSILS
09/17/2020 MSA Monthly Meeting - September 2020 - "Cleaning and Mineral Prep 101 - Why Do We Clean and Trim Specimens?” Presented by Mr. Les Presmyk
07/11/2020 23rd Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show - Lakeside
06/11/2020 CANCELLED EVENT - MSA Monthly Meeting - June 2020
05/29/2020 CANCELLED EVENT _ Coconino Lapidary Club Annual Show
05/14/2020 CANCELLED EVENT _ MSA Monthly Meeting - May 2020
05/02/2020 CANCELLED EVENT _ Mohave County Gemstoners - Annual Show
04/18/2020 CANCELLED EVENT _ Rocks in the Park - Verde River Rockhounds
04/09/2020 CANCELLED EVENT - MSA Monthly Meeting - April 2020
04/03/2020 CANCELLED EVENT - 2020 Minerals of Arizona 28th Annual Symposium
03/28/2020 CANCELLED EVENT - AZ Mining, Mineral and Natural Resources Education Museum's 2nd Public Outdoor Event
03/21/2020 2020 Anthem Gem & Mineral Show - CANCELLED
03/14/2020 Touch Outer Space and Pinal Gem and Mineral Show
03/12/2020 MSA Monthly Meeting - March 2020 CANCELLED - NEW TBD
02/29/2020 Apache Junction - Jewelry, Gem & Rock Show
02/20/2020 MSA Monthly Meeting - February 2020
02/13/2020 Tucson Gem and Mineral Show
01/09/2020 MSA Monthly Meeting - January 2020
01/01/2020 Arizona Gem Shows - Quartzsite, AZ

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