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    • 04/24/2021
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • PALEO SITE
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    FOSSIL COLLECTING AT THE 

    PALEO SITE (NEAR PAYSON)


    This is a view looking south over SR 260.  It shows the large paved parking area on the south side of SR 260.  This is only 0.5 miles past Control Road.  It is a great place to meet as there is plenty of parking and only 15 miles from the junction of SR 87 in Payson (at the McDonalds).  

    This view shows the parking lot and the collecting area to the left. 

               

     The collecting area and a close up of the ground showing brachiopods and other fossils.


    SATURDAY MSA FIELD TRIP INFORMATION


    MEET TIME: 9:00 AM and depart sharply at 9:15 AM (meeting location will be sent @ registration)

    END TIME: The trip will end by 4 PM.

    LIMITED TRIP: No Limit

    TRAVEL NOTE:  Please allow at least 1/2 hour more time than normal to get to the meeting spot.   **Be sure to have full tank of gas and good tires.**

    VEHICLE:  ANY VEHICLE can make it to the paved parking lot at the Paleo Site.  From there we may travel to an additional area.  Road conditions and vehicle requirements will be added as that information becomes available.

    SAFETY:  Social distancing and wear masks in close groups.  Please bring a whistle in case we need to find you or gather up the participants.  Sunscreen, hat, gloves, insect repellent, extra water.

    RECOMMENDED: sturdy shoes or boots, safety glasses, buckets or backpacks, rock hammer, pry bar, rock pick, small shovel, sledge hammer, pick hammer, chisel, normal day hiking items.

    MATERIAL:  Naco Formation Pennsylvanian Age fossils include crinoid stems and calyx fragments, brachiopods and others.

    TRIP LEADER:   Stan and Sue Celestian, John Christian

    RSVP REQUIRED by 6PM on Friday, April 23, 2021. 

    MSA Members Only.


    Hope to see you there!

    Stan Celestian
    (2021 MSA Field Trip Coordinator)


    • 05/01/2021
    • 8:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
    • Constellation Road
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    Dave Haneline Memorial Mine


    MSA FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

    IMAGE INFORMATION: Top Left:  This is what we are after.  This is Cerussite on Barite.  Top Right:  Aerial view of the collecting pit.  Bottom Left:  A nice Cerussite thumbnail.  Bottom Right Pair:  Also on the claim is cleavable calcite.  Much of it fluoresces red in UVc.  Visible on the left and UVc on the right.

    A NOTE ABOUT THE MINE:  The mine is claimed by the Daisy Mountain Rock and Mineral Club.  After the untimely death of one of their active members (who was instrumental in the club purchasing the claim), the members of the club decided to rename the mine to the "Dave Haneline Memorial Mine" in his honor.

    THIS IS A PAY TO COLLECT TRIP - $20/PERSON:  CASH will be collected by trip leader at the mine.

    MEET TIME and LOCATION:    8:00 AM at the McDonalds parking lot (west end) in Wickenburg.  We will leave for the mine at 8:15 sharp.

    END TIME:   ~4:00 PM

    LIMITED TRIP: no

    TRAVEL NOTE:    The last 0.3 miles up to the mine is rough.  High clearance required.

    VEHICLE:  High clearance vehicle is required for the last trek up the hill.  Normal, moderate clearance will be sufficient to  drive to the calcite hill on the claim.

    SAFETY:  

    RECOMMENDED: 

    MATERIAL:  Cerussite is the goal of the collector at the mine.  However, nice specimens of bladed barite is common along with amethyst, smoky quartz and some red fluorescent calcite

    TRIP LEADER:   Stan Celestian

    Contact:  stancelestian@gmail.com

    602 319 0224


    MSA Members Only.

    • 05/20/2021
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Online Event via Zoom - Link @ Registration
    • 97
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    MSA MEETING PROGRAM - VIA ZOOM

    “Laser Stimulated Fluorescence from Earth to Mars"
    Presented by Mr. Tom Kaye

    MSA May meeting is virtual via ZOOM.

    CALENDAR ALERT: MEETING ON 3rd THURSDAY:

    Mr. Tom KayeMSA’s May 20th program “Laser Stimulated Fluorescence from Earth to Mars" will be presented by Tom Kaye. Tom’s program will present exciting new technology helping locate fossils, view hidden properties of cave formations and fossils and its potential for Earth and planetary mining and exploration.

    Tom Kaye is an independent researcher with the Foundation for Scientific Advancement. His primary areas of research are paleontology and astrophysics. He maintains his own personal analytical lab in Sierra Vista and currently runs two telescopes obtaining follow up data for targets of interest from the TESS space telescope. He was recently involved in the discovery of the first ever exoplanet around a white dwarf and has published numerous papers on soft tissue preservation in feathered dinosaurs.

    Tom has spent the last 6 years pioneering the use of Laser Stimulated Fluorescence in paleontology and cave science. He uses fluorescence to discover hidden chemical signatures showing fossil soft tissues and differences in mineral growth patterns in caves. His laser for the first time, allows panoramic fluorescence imaging of underground caverns. He has also recently developed an autonomous, laser equipped night flying drone to seek out fossils in the badlands. His talk will show published discoveries his team has made from around the world and make an argument on why we should send a laser to Mars. Researchgate.net/profile/Thomas Kaye

    Mark your calendars for May 20th as Mineralogical Society of Arizona is delighted to host Tom Kaye for an exciting glimpse at technology that will help scientists and field collectors explore and discover like never before!

    This will be a virtual event via Zoom. Link to the meeting will be sent in email when you register for the event.
    • 06/05/2021
    • 9:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
    • Lynx Creek Arizona
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    LYNX CREEK

    Panning for Gold

    MSA FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

    IMAGE INFORMATION: This is gold on a microscope slide.  The diameter of the circle is 0.5".  This is the type of gold you can expect to find at Lynx Creek.  The last time I was there a volunteer ranger for the US Forest Service stopped by where I was panning and we chatted for a couple of minutes.  He told me of a young man who was metal detecting up one of the side drainages and found a one ounce nugget. (!)  So, there is a possibility of finding some nice gold in the area.  I have also metal detected in that area.  I have found aluminum foil, shell casings, buttons, cans, nails, bottle caps, wire, bullets, etc. (no gold yet).  I never just leave the trash behind.  Well, somebody has to clean up in the forest...

    MEET TIME: 9:00 AM (meeting location will be sent @ registration)  

    END TIME: The trip will end by 4 PM (trip could be overnight or day trip)

    LIMITED TRIP: No Limit

    TRAVEL NOTE:  Please allow at least 1/2 hour more time than normal to get to the meeting spot.   **Be sure to have full tank of gas and good tires.**

    VEHICLE:  High clearance vehicles .  Carpools not being arranged.

    SAFETY:  Social distancing and wear masks in close groups.  Please bring a whistle in case we need to find you or gather up the participants.  Sunscreen, hat, gloves, insect repellent, extra water.

    RECOMMENDED: sturdy shoes or boots, buckets or backpacks, rake, rock pick, small shovel, pick hammer, chisel, normal day hiking items.

    MATERIAL:  GOLD !

    TRIP LEADER: Stan Celestian

    RSVP REQUIRED by 6PM on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. 

    MSA Members Only.


    Hope to see you there!

    Stan Celestian
    2021 MSA Field Trip Coordinator



    The area of Lynx Creek (outside of Prescott) that we will be visiting was set aside by the National Forest Service for gold panning.

    • 07/24/2021
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • 07/25/2021
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • Bisbee, Arizona

    This trip is designed to be an overnight visit to the two mining areas.

    • 08/01/2021
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • 08/30/2021
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • Tucson, Arizona

    A tour of the new mineral museum at the University of Arizona is scheduled for some time in August - Date to be determined.

    • 09/01/2021
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • 09/30/2021
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • Near Crown King, Arizona

    Date is tentative due to the uncertainty of the mine site.  As new information is made available it will be posted for this field trip.

    • 10/02/2021
    • 9:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
    • Payson, Arizona

    Diamond Point area to collect quartz crystals.

    • 10/08/2021
    • 6:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
    • 10/10/2021
    • 3:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
    • Trona, California

    Trona, Searles Lake, California

    MSA FIELD TRIP INFORMATION


    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 (UTC-07:00)
    • Wickenburg, Arizona

    Date Creek

    MSA FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

    This Sunday field trip will be back to an old classic.  
    • 12/03/2021
    • 9:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
    • 12/05/2021
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • Red Cloud Mine


    Red Cloud Mine

    MSA FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

    Wulfenite ! and the possibility of visiting a couple other mines in the area.

    • 12/27/2021
    • 8:00 AM (UTC-07:00)
    • 12/30/2021
    • (UTC-07:00)
    • Round Mountain, Arizona

    Round Mountain

    MSA FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

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    LIMITED TRIP: No Limit

    TRAVEL NOTE: 

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    MSA Members Only.


Past events

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

ABOUT MSA

Mineralogical Society of Arizona's purpose is to promote interest and education in Earth Science, and related fields.

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  • Seminars, Symposiums and Shows

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MSAClub1935@msaaz.org
PO Box 54307
Phoenix, AZ 85078

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