AUGUST 2013, Electronic Edition of "Tips and Trips"



AUGUST 2013, Electronic Edition of "Tips and Trips"
Tips and Trips
The Georgia Mineral Society
*Atlanta, Georgia*
7:30 pm Monday, August 5, 2013
Georgia Mineral Society Building
4138 Steve Reynolds Blvd.
Norcross, GA. 30093-3059
Presented by GMS member Phil Herren, expert
metalsmith and lapidary
The program will cover hot connections (soldering), cold
connections and forming of metal. There will be a
discussion of the tools used (torches, hammers, anvils,
jewelers saws, files, texturing, doming, anticlastic and
synclastic stakes, etc.) in the various types of metal
working and examples of the things that can be done with
forming, soldering and cold connections. Did you know
wire wrap and chain maille are cold connections? Did you
know that what we call soldering in silversmithing is
actually brazing since it is high heat? Join us for the
program and learn the differences in the various types of
metal working and how you can learn how you can learn
metal working skills.
Please join us for our August meeting!
Carl Ziglin,
VP of Programs
President’s Message
Greeting to all: The heat of the summer is upon us and
creek collecting is recommended. Maybe the rains will
slow enough for the flow level to recede, exposing those
hidden treasures on the stream bottom. The high water
may have exposed new materials, eroding them from the
banks and bottoms. If the water will now just go down
enough for us to collect, I will be happy.
As we get older and wiser, change happens all around
us. Dylan Porter is being pulled in several directions at
once. Dylan’s company seems to want to keep him very
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busy. He is resigning as Editor effective the publishing of
the September T&T. Dylan has served admirably in
several jobs with GMS and will receive an Honorable
Discharge with many heart-felt thanks.
This brings us to our next opportunity: a new T&T Editor.
It is an Executive Board position and is vital to the success
of the Society. I will gladly double the salary of this
volunteer position to entice highly qualified applicants.
The Editor position is responsible for the monthly
publishing of the Tips and Trips newsletter. Dylan has
quite a library of past editions both hard copy and
electronic. A new Editor has the authority and
responsibility to maintain a historic format or design a
partial to entirely new format. GMS has been blessed with
skilled (not necessarily at first, but improving to highly
skilled) editors for many years.
We solicit your contributions and efforts to continue the
distribution of our news and activities. Fulfill that yearning
to be a writer and editor or simply explore something new.
Either way GMS becomes a winner. Please thoughtfully
consider your personal schedule, and then volunteer to
help us continue our efforts to “...educate the youth of the
state and the members of the Society in the field of Earth
With new faces and familiar faces, GMS is a dynamic
living organization. We try to let everyone be involved to
the best of their abilities and to the fullest extent of their
interest. It is always sad to have someone move on, but
very exciting to watch the new folks become involved.
New talents and interests fit right into the evolution of our
Society. They help us grow and learn new things while
enjoying our friends.
Thank you to everyone who contributes to the workings
of the Georgia Mineral Society. Without you, we would not
Respectfully submitted,
Bill Waggener,
[email protected]
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The Georgia Mineral Society
August 2013
The Georgia Mineral Society, Inc.
A Non-Profit Educational Organization
Seventy Years of Tradition
Objective and Purpose
To Educate the Youth of the State
and the Members of this Society
In the Field of Earth Science
AFMS Education - All American Club 2003
Bill Waggener
1909 Moores Mill Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30318
[email protected]
Executive Vice President/
Ron Holt
4138 Steve Reynolds Blvd.
Norcross, GA. 30093-3059
[email protected]
Vice President –Programs
Carl Ziglin
[email protected]
Mary Porter
196 High Creek Drive
Roswell, GA 30076
[email protected]
Mary Gurney
1814 Wilson Wynd Way
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
[email protected]
Correspondence Secretary
Kristen Blackwelder
Field Trip Chair
Charles Carter
Facilities Chair
Elizabeth Lamb
Fossil Section Chair
Gail Leadingham
4138 Steve Reynolds Blvd.
Norcross, GA. 30093-3059
[email protected]
[email protected]
Gem Section Chair
Carl Ziglin
Junior Section Chair
Roxanne Lopez
2550 Cumberland Blvd #504
Smyrna, GA 30080
[email protected]
Micromount Section Chair
Dave Babulski
2677 Colony Circle
Snellville, GA 30078
[email protected]
Mineral Section Chair
Tom Batcha
2300 Oakland Chase ct
Lawrenceville,GA 30044
[email protected]
[email protected]
Tips & Trips Editor
Dylan Porter
196 High Creek Drive
Roswell, GA 30076
[email protected]
Jim Flora
P.O. Box 605
Hiawassee, GA 30546
[email protected]
Education Chair
Bill Waggener
1909 Moores Mill Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30318
[email protected]
Immediate Past President
Bill Waggener
1909 Moores Mill Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30318
Trustee to 2013
Martha Brown
4837 Greenway Road
Norcross, GA 30071
Trustee to 2014
Kim Cochran
2695 Van Court
Snellville, GA 30278
May Show Chair
[email protected]
Sand Section Chair
Lori Carter
Committee Chairs
Casey Sosebee
Open for Volunteers
Cheryl Dalton
[email protected]
Kim Cochran
Roxanne Lopez
Shirley Parker
Anita Westlake
Open for Volunteer
Shelley Stubbs
[email protected]
Special Events
Kim Cochran
Susan Filak
Frankie Burks
The article submittal due date for
the September 2013 newsletter is
August 15, 2013.
Open for Volunteer
Open for Volunteer
Trustee to 2015
Carl Ziglin
May Show Committee Chairs
Show Chair
Open for Volunteer
Dealer Chair
Lawrence Parker
General meetings are held on the first Monday of each
month. In the event that the first Monday is a holiday,
the meeting will be held on the third Monday of the
month. General meetings are held at the Georgia
Mineral Society Building in Norcross, Ga.
Martha Brown
Anita Westlake
Open for Volunteers
Any deviations from the above schedule will be
announced in Tips and Trips.
Open for Volunteer
Open for Volunteer
The Georgia Mineral Society on the Internet:
E-mail Early Notification Program: A field trip and club
news update service. To join, members are requested
to send in their current e-mail address to:
[email protected]
Dealer Dinner
Roxanne Lopez
Mary Porter
Kim Cochran
Set Up/Take
Open for Volunteers
Announcements for educational publications, continuing education classes, and shows or exhibits are provided in Tips and Trips as a service to GMS members.
Appearance of the above in Tips and Trips does not constitute an endorsement by GMS.
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August 2013
The Georgia Mineral Society
Sand Section
Fossil Section
For our July Sand Section meeting Olga Jarrett gave us a
preview of the Teaching Ideas workshop she will be
presenting at SandFest in November. It's going to be a
really fun and helpful workshop! Olga and Bob brought us
some sand from Colorado that will be part of her workshop
presentation. We had a grand time viewing it through a
microscope and running magnets over it. We are still
seeking volunteers for SandFest, so if you are interested,
you can check the volunteer section on the SandFest
website: For our August
Sand Section meeting, Bob Jarrett will be practicing his
Lunch & Learn session for SandFest. We will be trading
sand collected from the Tennessee border to the Georgia
Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Time: 7:30
Location: GMS Building
Speaker: Bob Jarrett
Topic: "Sand-making in Georgia: From the Tennessee
Border to the Coasts"
Lori Carter,
Sand Section Chair
[email protected]
Mineral Section
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 7:30pm
The GMS Building
Martha Brown was the speaker at the June meeting of
the Fossil section. She brought fossils, mainly large
Oysters, from the only know area in Georgia where fossils
from the Cretaceous period can be found.
This area is in Lumpkin County, but Martha reports that
much of the collecting area has been destroyed by road
We meet July 8th and enjoyed a program by Bill
Waggener. He discussed the fossils that he found in Fort
Oglethorpe, Georgia. Several of the items that he brought
were geodes. Some fossils remain unidentified, such as the
second picture which appears to be a trace fossil, maybe of
some worm like animal’s burrows.
Our next meeting is August 12th and Mike Reagin will do
the program. Since he is a world traveler, we are looking
forward to see the fossils he chooses to share with us. The
meeting is at 7:00 and everyone is welcome.
Gail Leadingham,
[email protected]
Micromount Section
In August we will have the second in a series of three
talks on geodes. Our speaker will be Bob Jarrett. Bob will
be telling us about the geologic origins of the Woodbury
geodes and the minerals found in them. You can get a
preview from the July Tips and Trips.
I would like to thank Wayne Dodd for his talk on Keokuk
geodes at the July meeting. Plan to mark your calendars
for our September program. This will be scheduled on the
fourth Wednesday of the month, September 25th. The talk
will be on how to crack open and clean your geodes by
Charles Carter.
Happy Hunting,
Tom Batcha, Mineral Section Chair
678-407-4224 (Home), [email protected]
[email protected]
Over the last year the micromount Section has been very
sparsely attended. It is my hope to raise interest and
attendance over the coming year.
The section will resume meetings in September. The
meeting date will be September 13th at 7 PM at the GMS
building. The topic will be minerals from the Point of Rocks
Quarry in New Mexico. Hope to see you at the meeting.
Dave Babulski,
[email protected]
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The Georgia Mineral Society
Junior Section
No Junior meetings for the month of August.
Call me if you have any questions.
Roxanne Lopez,
[email protected]
Gem Section
Next Meeting: Monday, August 26, 2013, 7:30pm
The GMS Building
Workshop Night
Join us in August for a night of fun and learning about the
GMS workshop!
Carl Ziglin
[email protected]
August 2013
Sunshine News
Hope everyone is continuing to have a Happy
Summertime, and that all is going well !
We're all glad and thankful that our dear friend Kim is okay.
Please send anything happening with you and your
families, or any news that you would like to share with your
GMS family, to [email protected] or phone in to 404634-6931.
All news is welcome !
Stay Cool. Best Wishes. Be Well.
Susan Filak
[email protected]
August Birthdays
Adams, Wesocsor
Ayotte, Miranda
Baranski, Jessica
Membership Report
Barwood, Jane C.
Blackwood, Rick
This August welcomes 12 new members!
Cecil, Jeff
We welcome the following to GMS:
Daniels, Crystal
Ellis, Jane
Stahl, Yvonne
Knoxville TN
Ford, Theresa C.
Stahl, Marc
Knoxville TN
Freeman, Jane
Hubler, Dianne
Lawrenceville GA
Gruber, III, Martin R.
Hubler, Jerry
Lawrenceville GA
Harris, Lynn
Coheleach, Linda
Loganville GA
Hightower, Richard P.
Adams, TJ
Hubler, Dianne
Jackson, Gayla S.
Adams, Wesocsor
Krebs, Roynan
Libby, George A.
Ryan, Maureen
Atlanta GA
Madden, Robert
Hotard, Justin
Atlanta GA
Masemore, Duncan
Wilson, James
Tucker GA
Mcnamara, Sandra
Wilson, Debra
Tucker GA
Nichols, Ethan
Wilson, Christopher
Tucker GA
Phai, Rady
Riviears, Khyiah
Let’s Welcome these new members and our visitors when Schoppenhorst, Andrew
we get the opportunity!
Shriver, Beate
Please help us keep updated on any changes to your
Smith, Ron
information. We value your membership! We want to stay
Souter, Julia
in touch and keep your Tips and Trips coming on time. We Swanson, Sam
want you to be able to join us at the meetings, events, and Tarantino, Marilyn
field trips!
Trentini, Cindy
Thank you so much for those of you renewing and updating Waggener, Peyton Lathem
information! We had several renewals this month! :) Please Weathers, Peggy
feel free to share questions or concerns. If I can’t help you, Zeyher, Billy
we have many great members who would like to help.
Ron Holt
[email protected]
Aultman, Shelda
Bailey, Jean
Baranski, Joshua
Baxter, Gaye
Buckels, Carolyn
Coheleach, Linda
Davis, Catherine
Everitte, David
Fousek, Dianna
Galloway, David
Halpin, Lola A.
Hebert, Aimee E.
Horton, Will
Hyaduck, Josh
Kirkwood, Karen
Lee, Chris
Love, Phyllis
Maddox, Lory
Mcnamara, William
Nehrling, Chris
Nims, Zak
Raby, James Michael
Root, Jordan
Seabolt, Nolia M.
Shriver, Jonathan
Sosebee, Casey
Stewart, Sherion L.
Tirik, Kwesi
Trentini, Sharon
Warley, Thomas
Xiang, Jeremiah Fan
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August 2013
July 1, 2013
GMS General Meeting Minutes
The meeting was called to order at 7:48 PM by President
Bill Waggener at the GMS building. Approximately 40
people were present including five new members.
Carl Ziglin introduced Dr. Pamela Gore as the speaker of
the evening. Dr. Gore is a geology professor at Georgia
Perimeter College and co-author of Roadside Geology of
Georgia. She provided an overview of the recently
published book (available for purchase toningt) that she cowrote with Dr. Bill Witherspoon. In appreciation of her talk
Carl presented Dr. Gore with a specimen.
Carl Ziglin - Programs – in August Phil Herren will talk
about metal working.
Carl Ziglin - Gem Section – the next meeting is July 29
and will be a night of show and tell; bring a specimen.
Mary Porter - Secretary – minutes from the June picnic
are published in the newsletter. There was a motion to
dispense of the reading of the minutes, that was also
seconded; the motion passed and the minutes were
accepted as published.
Mary Gurney – Treasurer – Mary provided account
Charles Carter – Field Trips – Charles gave a report of
the trip to Woodbury, TN. There is a GMS trip to Andalusia,
AL on July 14th for marine fossils. There is an educational
tour for teachers and students at Wells Creek Basin on July
20th; RSVP required. There is a Cobb trip for fossils on July
27th; a DMC trip to Summerville on July 28. On August 3rd a
VA club is sponsoring a trip in Spruce Pine, NC. There is a
DMC trip to Chunky Gal Mountain on August 17th. There is
new material in the field trip display case for next year’s
Fossil Section – the next meeting is on July 18th.
Junior Section – the next outing will be on July 16th at the
Palisades Entrance of the Chattahoochee River.
Dave Babulski – Micro Mount Section – there will be no
meetings this summer; they will resume in September.
Tom Batcha – Mineral Section –the next meeting is July
17th; Wayne Dodd will be showing geodes from Keokuk, IA.
Tom may have 2 or 3 meetings on geodes, each from
different sites.
May Show – Bill announced that Tom has resigned as
show chairperson; he will be soliciting for a new
chairperson. Bill thanked Tom for all of his past work
running the show.
Lori Carter – Sand Section – the next meeting is this
Wednesday; Olga Jarrett will go through her Sand Fest
Tips & Trips – please have all reports and articles to Dylan
by the 15th.
Bill Waggener – Education – Bill thanked Kristen for
joining him for talks at the Cobb County Library.
The Georgia Mineral Society
Adopt A Highway – Casey Sosebee – the next event will
be the weekend before Halloween; we will be dressing in
costume again.
Kristen Blackwelder – Corresponding Secretary – we
now have a face book page; Carl is an administrator. She
requested pictures and stories for the page and will need to
add a link to the GMS website. Lori stated that Jim Flora is
still receiving the general emails and it will take time to
transfer them to Kristen.
Kim Cochran – Gem Box – tonight Kim has specimens.
He will be buying new stuff this month.
Kim Cochran – Special Events – the next event will be
the October banquet.
Anita Westlake – Library – she has received donations
with no names; she needs to know who is giving donations.
The library is running well.
Shelley Stubbs - Refreshments – refreshments were
provided by Shelley and Richard Graveline. She needs
volunteers for August, September, and November.
Sunshine – report is in the newsletter. Send your sunshine
news to Susan Filak.
Bob Jarrett – announced that he found another error in his
recently published article. Lori has added the article in its
entirety to the website.
Lawrence Parker – stated that there were a lot of people
at the show that he did not have time to talk long with or
answer all of their questions. He was sending these people
to Richard (without his knowledge) at the hospitality table;
Richard did not catch on to this for some time. Lawrence
thanked Richard for being a good sport. Lawrence also
announced his and Shirley’s 23rd wedding anniversary this
coming weekend.
Casey Sosebee – announced that he won the grand door
prize from the Tellus Rock Fest.
Bill Waggener – Facilities/Workshop – Elizabeth got an
estimate of $1,779.00 for updating the electrical capacity of
the workshop (3 circuits to be added). This needs to be
done in order to up to code. Bill sent an email to board
members for a vote; 19 votes authorized the work to be
done. Workshops are getting crowded and Bill requested
suggestions for additional days to hold sessions.
Donations – Bill announced that there have been several
donation made that we have not sent thank you letters for.
He requested Mary Gurney and Kristen Blackwelder to
meet with him after the meeting to discuss.
Sand Fest – Lori announced that registration is open and
volunteers are needed to help out.
DOOR PRIZES – guests and new members get to choose
first, and when they are called. Shirley Parker called door
prizes by rows.
A motion was made to adjourn meeting at 9:32 PM. It was
seconded, and unanimously approved.
Graciously submitted,
Mary Porter, Secretary
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The Georgia Mineral Society
Executive Board Meeting
Next Meeting will be Sunday August 4th.
Potluck lunch at noon. Meeting will start at
Grab Bag Material
Please remember to pick up material for grab bags when
out collecting. Seashells, pieces of geodes, quartz crystals,
granite, and small chunks of pyrite are
always a welcome sight to the kids.
Kim Cochran
Special Events Chairperson
GMS Workshop
"Do you still need to be certified on the GMS lapidary
Call Martha Brown, John Iacullo (770-978-1668), Anita
Westlake, or Phil Herren (616-869-9997) and make an
appointment. Certification entails learning to use and care
for the equipment, and make a calibrated cabochon.
Proficiency will come with practice.
"Once you're certified, you can make future appointments
to use the equipment. You won't want to miss this
opportunity to learn a new lapidary skill from teachers who
know their stuff!"
Anita Westlake,
Cabbing Instructor to the Stars
GMS Event
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Roswell, GA
The Roswell Police Department along with Roswell Target
stores is hosting an event called “National Night Out”. The
event is FREE and will be held at the Roswell City Hall, 38
Hill Street. For a second year, Charles and Lori Carter will
be there to represent GMS by raffling a mineral or fossil
specimen, giving away stickers and tumbled stones, and
telling people all about GMS. There will be food, drink,
games, prizes, and a climbing wall – lots of fun things to
see and do. Please let other people know about the event
and stop by yourself to help support our club!
August 2013
Juniors July Outing
Bill Waggener and I had our grandkids with us on this
outing to the Chattahoochee River just off of Hwy 41. The
river was alittle too high to go collecting along side of the
banks, but we had a great time playing and getting wet in
the cold river.
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August 2013
The Georgia Mineral Society
By: Dr. David Babulski
from the Gold Hill Mine in Utah. Magnification 50X and
photographed with a Nikon Coolpix digital camera using
eyepiece projection with a Motic K400 stereo microscope.
Figure – 2
Figure – 1
In the world of micro minerals there are some mineral
species that are highly sought after because of beautiful
crystals and rarity. The mineral Mixite has both of these
characteristics. It is one of the very few naturally occurring
Bismuth minerals. Unfortunately Mixite only occurs as
micro crystals and is not found in abundance in the
occurrences where it is found so it is not a useful ore for
bismuth. Chemically it is a Hydrated Bismuth Copper
Arsenate Hydroxide. The chemical formula is: BiCu6(AsO4)3
(OH)6-3H2O. This mineral is typically found in the oxidation
zone of copper arsenate deposits containing primary
bismuth sulfides such as emplecite. The most famous of
this type deposit is the Gold Hill mine in the Deep Creek
Mountains of Tooele County, Utah. This mine is now closed
but has been the primary source for much of the Mixite
miromount material. The Tintic mining district in Utah is
also famous for beautiful Mixite specimens. Two of the
more well known localities are the Carissa Mine and the
Northern Star Mine. Mixite is named after the mining
engineer, A. Mixa from Jachymov, Czechoslovakia which is
the type locality for this mineral species.
In terms of crystallography Mixite is in the Hexagonal
Dipyramidal class with 6/M crystal symmetry. The
hexagonal nature of Mixite crystals is difficult to see as the
crystal tends to be very tiny and almost hair-like in
appearance. Color of Mixite crystals varies from blue-green
to Yellow green, light green and a pale blue. Mixite an
occur as crust-like aggregates on matrix to fine acicular
crystals that radiate from a center but do not produce
stellar forms. Note that this mineral is rather soft and the
fine acicular crystals will break very easily.
A check with several mineral dealers shows ready
availability of mixite specimens for micromounts. Shown
below are some photomicrographs of Mixite. Figure – 1 is a
beautiful spray of Mixite crystals in a Chrysocolla lined vug
Figure – 2 is Mixite and Azurite in a Quartz vug from the
Carissa Mine, Tintic mining district, Utah In this specimen
tiny crystals of Azurite are impaled on hair-like crystals of
Mixite. Magnification is 50X and photographed with a Nikon
Coolpix digital camera using eyepiece projection with a
Motic K400 stereo microscope.
References Internet: hill
References Books:
Ford, W. E., A Textbook of Mineralogy, 1966, John Wiley &
Sons, NY, Page 736
Smith, O.C., Identification and Qualitative Chemical
Analysis of Minerals. 1945, D. Van Nostrand Company,
NY, Pages 226-227
SFMS Stamp Program
Please continue to bring in your stamps to the General
Meetings and give them to Anita Westlake.
Mark your envelope or plastic bag with your name &
Georgia Mineral Society, and she will forward them on to
Dylan Porter,
[email protected]
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August 2013
Dr. David Babulski – Chair Micromount Section
This month we will examine a rare potassium aluminum
phosphate called Minyulite. The mineral, first described in
1933, is named for its type locality; the Minyulo Well in
Western Australia. Chemically speaking Minyulite is a basic
potassium aluminum flouro hydroxide hydrate with a chemical formula of:
KAl2(OH,F)(PO4)2·4(H2O). In terms of crystallography
minyulite crystallizes in the orthorhombic system. This crystal system is characterized by three crystal axes all perpendicular to each other and all of different lengths. The resulting crystals are lath like prisms rectangular in cross section.
Crystal symmetry is mm2, meaning two mirror planes perpendicular to each other.
Physical characteristics of minyulite are:
Figure – 1
Figure – 2
Color: Colorless/transparent to white and greenish yellow.
Crystal Habit: Radiating fibrous to prismatic crystals
Luster: Silky in fibrous form to vitreous in prismatic crystals.
Hardness: 3.5 Caution is advised in handling specimens
as Minyulite is soft and britle.
Cleavage: {001} Perfect. If not handled carefully crystals
can easily break
Minyulite occurs as a secondary phosphate mineral in
primary phosphatic rocks. It occurs in association with dufrenite, apatite, fluellite,wavellite, variscite and leucophasphite. This is a rare mineral and is not all that readily
available from mineral dealers. When in well developed
crystals, which almost always occur in micro form, Minyulite
has a sparkly appearance which is quite attractive.
Shown below are three photomicrographs of Minyulite
from the type locality; Tom’s Phosphate Deposit near
Minyulo Well, Kapunda, Dadaragan, Western Australia. All
three specimens were Photographed with a Motic K400
microscope at a magnification of 50X. The camera was a
Nikon CoolPix digital camera using eyepiece projection.
The photomicrographs show Minyulite in radiating crystal
Figure – 3
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August 2013
The Georgia Mineral Society
Dr. David Babulski – Chair Micromount Section
There are many sky-blue minerals but none quite as
pretty as the rare mineral Serpierite. Chemically speaking
serpierite is a hydrated calcium copper zinc sulfate
hydroxide with a chemical formula of: Ca(Cu,Zn)4(SO4)2
(OH)6•3H2O. Almost always occurring as micro crystals that
are in the Monoclinic, pseudo-orthorhombic class;
Serpierite crystals appear lath-like elongated on the C
crystallographic axis and exhibiting 2/m symmetry. This
mineral also occurs as tufted aggregates and botryoidal
masses. Care needs to be taken when handling specimens
as this mineral is quite soft with a harness of 2 and crystals
will crush easily. A unique color characteristic of Serpierite
is dark sky blue to medium sky blue in reflected light and a
pretty greenish blue in transmitted light. The mineral is
named for Giovanni Serpieri (1832 – 1897), Italian mining
engineer who was responsible for re-opening the ancient
silver mines in the Lavrion District, Attiki Province, Greece.
Both the re-opened mines and the ancient slag piles have
become a treasure trove of copper and zinc secondary
The premier locality for Serpierite is the Kamariza and
Serpieri mines, Laurium District, Attiki Province, Greece.
Although a rare mineral species, Serpierite has been
reported in select localities world –wide; usually as a
secondary mineral in the oxidation zone of primary copper
and zinc deposits.
A check on-line with several mineral dealers shows the
availability of Serpierite specimens from diverse world-wide
localities. Although a bit expensive for really top quality
specimens, this mineral species makes a valuable addition
to a micromount collection and is well worth the investment.
Shown below are two photomicrographs of Serpierite
micromounts from the Kamariza mine, Laurium District,
Attaki Province, Greece photographed at a magnification of
50X with a Nikon Coolpix digital camera and eyepiece
Figure – 1
Figure – 2
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The Georgia Mineral Society
August 2013
by Brad Smith
If you have a Foredom flexshaft, it makes sense to check it
over every so often to be sure it's running properly. But
how to do that? You've probably lost the little booklet that
came with the unit. Well, being the good company it is,
Foredom has put together an extensive set of videos on
how to do it.
I-75 Exit 293
Cartersville, Georgia
Special Event: Night at The Museum V
The series covers set-up, lubrication, replacing a sheath,
motor maintenance, and handpiece maintenance. Few if
any special tools are needed. You can watch the videos
at and repair parts are
available from most jewelry supply catalogs.
Hobby shops and model airplane stores carry small plastic
dispenser bottles that are handy bench items for putting a
drop of oil or glue just where
you want it.
The small metal tubing lets you
squeeze out very small drops
and reach into tight places.
Saturday, August 10
6 PM – 10 PM
August 10 isn’t just any old night at a museum; it’s Tellus’
annual Night at the Museum, an evening of fun unlike any
The fifth year of this staple event will feature unique guests
from the worlds of science and science fiction that will
delight fans both young and old. All children will receive a
special autograph book to capture the signatures of
everyone from Amelia Earhart to Darth Vader.
I use the small one on the left
for oil when I'm sawing or
drilling harder metals like
steel. And I use the bottle on
the right from a plastics store
for the fast drying glues used to
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MiniMiners Monthly
Courtesy of Mini Miners Monthly
A Monthly Publication for Young
Mineral Collectors Vol. 6 No. 8 August 2012 ©2012
Diamond Dan Publications. All pictures and articles in this
newsletter are property of Diamond Dan. Publications and
cannot be copied or reused in any format (printed or
electronic) without written permission of Diamond Dan
Publications, P.O. Box 143, Manchester, New York 14504
or [email protected]
More than 30 characters will be wandering the galleries of
Tellus educating visitors on how science and science fiction
often intersect and influence each other. From Star Wars to
Star Trek, from physics to aviation, all the bases are
covered at Night at the Museum. Kids and kids at heart
are encouraged to talk to the characters, take photos and,
of course, collect autographs.
Also returning this year are the infamous Tellus Mad
Scientists. They will be back with more zany and unique
experiments in the Theater. There’s no telling what will pop
up (or explode) during their demonstrations.
Children 12 and under are encouraged to dress up as their
favorite science or science fiction character and be part of
a special parade at 8 PM. Please no adult costumes; let’s
avoid confusing the crowd. Night at the Museum runs from
6 – 10 PM. The Café will be open until 9 PM. Tickets are
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August 2013
$10 for members and $20 for non-members.
Advance tickets are on sale now! Call (770) 606-5700 ext
431 to purchase your tickets. Keep an eye on this page to
see a list of characters as they are confirmed!
Special Event: Micromount Gathering
Friday and Saturday, August 16 and 17
In conjunction with the Mineral Symposium, we will be
holding a two day gathering for micro mineral collectors
beginning Friday, August 16. Micromounters interested in
attending the two day Micromount Gathering should
contact Curator Julian Gray directly at
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The Georgia Mineral Society
10 AM – Around the World in 80 Minerals, Jason Smith,
Classroom 3
11 AM – Georgia Calcite Localities, Jose Santamaria,
Classroom 3
2 PM – The Roadside Geology of Georgia, Dr. Pamela
Gore and Dr. Bill Witherspoon, Tellus Theater
3 PM – Book Signing in the Great Hall
Free for members and included in regular admission for
non members.
Lecture: Roadside Geology of Georgia
Saturday, August 17
2 PM
Book signing to follow
Hear geologists Pamela Gore
and Bill Witherspoon share an
extraordinary tour of Georgia’s
varied landscapes, and their
rocks and fossils. After the
lecture, they will be available for
a book signing of their new
publication Roadside Geology of
Georgia, a fullcolor guidebook
written for the general reader
that uncovers the many
fascinating stories that lie
beneath the state’s surface.
Lunch and Learn: Hot Month, Hot Foods!
Wednesday, August 28 12:15 PM
Members: Free
Non-Members: Regular admission
What makes peppers hot? If you eat something spicy, what
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cools off your mouth? Learn the science of spicy food when
Please note: The Micromount Gathering is open only to our Marketing Director Joe Schulman shares the secrets of
registered participants.
hot peppers and the Scoville Scale.
$20 registration fee includes space for setting
Lunch and Learn takes place the fourth Wednesday of
up microscopes and specimens, as well as refreshments.
every month at noon in the Private Dining Room. Lunch
and Learn is free for members and included in regular
Special Event: Mineral Symposium
admission for non-members. No outside food is allowed,
Saturday, August 17, 2013
but everyone is welcome to bring in food from the Tellus
Enjoy a day full of enlightening
Café. Presentations are recommended for ages 8 and up
talks on a variety of geological
subjects during the annual
Mineral Symposium. This year’s
featured speakers will discuss
their recently released book,
“Roadside Geology of Georgia.”
Dr. Pamela Gore and Dr. Bill
Witherspoon will talk about the
state’s diverse geologic history
and will sign copies of their
book, which is available in the
Tellus Store.
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Tips and Trips
The Georgia Mineral Society
An Official Field Trip of the
Carroll County Gem & Mineral Society, Inc.
(Carrollton, GA)(HOST)
An Official Field Trip of the Georgia Mineral Society
Patty Construction Quarry
Summerville Lace Agate
Chattooga County, GA
July 28, 2013
9:00 AM EST
MEET: At the site, on US 27 in Chattooga Co. Ga. This is
in the NW corner of the state of Georgia.
WHEN: July 28, 2013
TIME: : 9:00 AM EST
Directions: From Summerville, Ga. follow US 27 South for
2.20 miles. The site will be on the right between the county
owned waste dumpsters and the US Forestry office.
Coming north from the Rome area, the site will be on the
left side of US 27, and approximately 3.0 miles beyond the
intersection of Gore Subligna Rd.
Tools: Eye protection is a must for anyone wishing to
break apart material with a rock hammer, or sledge.
Chisels would be valuable, as would small ground shovels
and rakes. A small cart or hand truck may be useful for
hauling larger pieces of take home material. Much of the
material is covered with a chalky white chert, and a pale of
water is sometimes handy for dipping and identifying the
better material.
Other: Bring plenty of fluids. This is a good site for
children. Any pets MUST be on a leash at all times.
Facilities: In town about 2 miles away
Kelsie Grizzard, President CCGMS, 770-328-1217
[email protected]
August 2013
DMC Program of the SFMS Field Trip Committee
An Official Field Trip of
Northeast Georgia Mineral Society, Cornelia, GA (Host).
GMS Field Trip
The Gem & Mineral Society of Lynchburg, VA. Inc.
The Roanoke Valley Mineral & Gem Society, Inc.
Have invited the Georgia Mineral Society, Inc. on their
(This will be a go-on-your-own trip)
56th Annual North Carolina Mineral and Gem Fest
August 1st thru August 4th, 2013
Spruce Pine, NC.
----and---The 29th Annual Grassy Creek Mineral and Gem
July 27th thru August 5th, 2013
Spruce Pine, NC.
IMPORTANT: Sign-up required by July 31st for this
trip…call or e-mail Charles Carter
THE TRIP: You should plan to drive down no later than
Friday, August 2nd and return home on Sunday, August
4th. If you want to allow extra time to see the Gem and
Mineral Shows, plan on driving down on Thursday, August
1st and see the show on Friday.
LODGING: You will be responsible for your our food and
lodging. Do not delay in reserving your room. There are
several motels in Spruce Pine but they fill up fast. Marion,
NC is 20 or so miles to the south at I-40
If you would like to camp, the near-by Bear Den
Campground is a great place. Go to
and make your own reservations. We will not try to reserve
the group camp site this year due to lack of sufficient
interest. We would need at least 6 tents to justify the group
site cost. Individual camp sites and cabins are available
but you must make your own reservations.
Chamber of Commerce Mine Tours: The Mitchell
County Chamber of Commerce may be offering mine tours
this season but to date, there is nothing posted on their
web site. Please contact them
yourself if you are interested in attending these trips,
usually on Friday and Saturday. There are many other
area attractions going on so there will be a lot to see in the
area. Reservations are required for the mine tours. Call the
Chamber of Commerce at 828-765-9033 for reservations
and information as space is usually limited. They always
charge a nominal fee for these trips.
FIELD TRIPS: Saturday morning, August 3rd we will depart
at 8:00 AM from the Spruce Pine Wal-Mart parking lot by
the gas pumps. Wal-Mart is located off Rt. 226 in the
Grassy Creek area. Dave Callahan, field trip chairman of
the Lynchburg Gem and Mineral Society, Inc. and the
Roanoke Valley Mineral and Gem Society, Inc., will have
maps available for the Ray and Sinkhole Mines (that’s why
you need to sign up – so we will know how many maps are
needed). If you are familiar with the area, you may choose
to visit the Sinkhole first before things heat up. Then come
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August 2013
to the Ray. This would also relieve the limited parking
situation at the Sinkhole.
Our first stop will be the Ray Mine in Burnsville and
hopefully find some nice beryl, tourmaline, apatite, garnet,
mica, feldspar, columbite - tantalite, and other minerals.
The landowner, where we will park for the Ray Mine, did
charge about 2 or 3 dollars to park along the left side of the
roadway and in designated places near his yard. The
current fees are posted on the box. Do not block any
driveways or roads or park in people’s yard. Be sure to
have the correct amount of currency. There is an honor
system parking fee collecting mail box near his house. The
fees are per car, not per person. There is space for 3 or 4
cars in a free parking area provided by the Forest Service.
You may use this if there is available space. Do not block
There is a rather steep foot trail to the mine. The walk is
about 20 minutes, but the potential for some nice beryl
crystals makes it worthwhile. No special equipment except
hard work is required. Just wear comfortable clothes,
comfortable hat, good strong boots, bring snacks, water,
bug spray, backpack and / or buckets, hammer, chisel,
safety glasses, and wrapping paper to protect any nice
crystals you will find. I usually take a hoe to turn over rocks
and scrape away the soil. If you dig in the dirt, a hoe or a
small shovel will come in handy.
If you plan to spend the day there, be sure to bring food,
bug spray and water. You can stay as long as you want
and leave any time. Some people will choose to spend the
day collecting at the Ray Mine and others will leave for the
Sinkhole. There is very limited parking at the Sinkhole so it
in best that we all don’t try to go at one time. We will not to
leave as a group, everyone will be on their own.
After you leave the Ray Mine, you can stop at a fast food in
Burnsville and then visit the Sinkhole Mine in Bandana, NC.
You should be able to park close to the dump. Here you
may find apatite, mica, feldspar, garnet, thulite and smokey
quartz. If you like beautiful yard rocks, this is the place to
go. The same tools you use at the Ray Mine can be used
SPECIAL NOTE: It ALWAYS rains at some point during
this Gem show weekend so bring your rain gear.
Sunday morning, on the way home, you might want to stop
by the Thermal City Gold Mine just south of Marion, NC, on
Rt. 221 and do some gold panning. There will be some
vendors still set up at Grassy Creek so you might find some
great mineral and fossil specials.
DISTANCE: From the GMS building this trip is
approximately 240 miles and should take about 4.5 to 5
CONTACT: Charles Carter, Field trip Chair, 770-9987949, [email protected] Sign-up is required by July
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The Georgia Mineral Society
An Official Field Trip of the Georgia Mineral Society
10:00 AM
August 17, 2013
Chunky Gal Mtn., Corundum Knob
Clay County, North Carolina
WHERE: Corundum Knob (also known as Chunky Gal
Knob), Clay County, NC.
WHEN: 10:00 AM, August 17, 2013
COLLECTING: Ruby corundum (pink to red), Spinel (black
to brown "galaxite" and magnesio-chromite), Sapphirine,
Talc, Serpentine, Brucite (white to blueish chalky chunks),
Tremolite, Actinolite, Smaragdite (chrome-emerald green
amphibole), Pyroxine (chrome diopside/sparse green micro
-crystals of weathered amphibolite matrix), Fuchsite and
SPECIAL CONDITIONS: This is a Forest Service site:
surface collecting only, no screening. Watch for fall
BRING: Rock picks, crack hammers, wedges, chisels,
gloves, heavy shoes, bug spray, drink.
DIRECTIONS: Meet at the intersection of Buck Creek Rd.
and Hwy. 64 (no sign at Buck Creek Rd. which is 2 mi. east
of overlook). From Atlanta take I-75 north then follow I575 to St. Rd. 5 & US 76. Follow past Young Harris then
left on St. Rd. 17 into NC. In NC changes to Hwy.
69. Turn right on Hwy. 64 to Chunky Gal Mtn.
DMC CONTACT: Kim Cochran at 770-979-8331
Corundum Knob\Ruby corundum (pink to red)
Brave souls at a winter Field Trip
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The Georgia Mineral Society
August 2013
August Shows
Georgia State Parks
Interpretive Hike
Saturdays 10 AM - 11 AM
Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Take a guided hike through the unique and
diverse ecosystems of the Georgia Piedmont.
$5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Saturdays 10 PM - 11 PM Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, GA
Get to know the night skies. We'll find constellations, stars,
and planets, and learn stories and facts behind each.
$5 parking. 706-359-3458.
Paddle Under the Perseids - Meteor Kayak Tour
Saturday, Aug 10, 2013 to Sunday, Aug 11, 2013 10 PM
Hard Labor Creek State Park - Rutledge, GA
Join a park ranger on this kayak tour of Lake Rutledge as
we watch the night sky for the Perseids Meteor Shower.
This is considered by many to be the year's best meteor
shower because the meteors are often bright and leave
long trails. Will meet at the Lake Rutledge boat ramp.
Register in advance. $20 plus $5 parking. 706-557-3001.
Carolina Mineral & Gem Festival; Mitchell County Chamber of
Commerce; The Bridge Coliseum; 97 Pinebridge Ave.; Thu. 10-6,
Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 12:30-5; adults $3, seniors $1, children
(under 10) free; minerals, jewelry, gemstones, stones, beads,
crystals; contact Patti Jensen, PO Box 858, Spruce Pine, NC
28777, (828) 765-9033; e-mail: [email protected];
Web site:
9-11—DALTON, GEORGIA: 22nd annual show; Treasures Of
The Earth Gem & Jewelry Shows; Northwest Georgia Trade &
Convention Center; 2211 Dug Gap Battle Rd., I-75 Exit 333; Fri. 2
-7, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5; adults $3 (all 3 days), children (under 16)
free; beads, pearls, gemstones, wire wrapping, wire sculpture,
silversmiths and goldsmiths, custom work and repairs while you
wait, lectures on metorites, door prizes; contact Van Wimmer Sr.,
5273 Bradshaw Rd., Salem, VA 24153, (540) 384-6047; e-mail:
[email protected]; Web site:
9-11—FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS: Annual show; Exhibit
Group Inc.; Fort Smith Convention Center; 55 S. Seventh St.; Fri.
11-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; admission $3; beads, fine jewelry
(gold, sterling silver), diamond jewelry, fine jade jewelry, bead
supplies, findings, pewter findings, gift items, free beading class;
contact john Su, 13337 South St., Cerritos, CA 90703, (714) 4944546; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site:
16-18—BRIDGETON, MISSOURI: 19th Annual Show;
Greater St. Louis Assn. of Earth Science Clubs; Machinists Hall
Auditorium; 12365 St. Louis Rock Rd.; Fri. 3-8, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11
-5; adults $4; contact Jerry Kubat, 1712 County Acres Dr., St.
Peters, MO 63376-33390, (636) 928-4938; e-mail:
[email protected]
16-18—LEBANON, PENNSYLVANIA: Wholesale and retail
show; Mid-Atlantic Gem & Mineral Assn.; Lebanon Fairgrounds;
80 Rocherty Rd.; Fri. 10-6, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4; adults $6,
children (under 12) free; Gem Miners Jubilee: gems, minerals,
beads, jewelry, classes, demonstrations; contact Teresa Schwab,
2740 Garfield Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910, (301) 706-7757; email: [email protected]; Web site:
17-18—BOSSIER CITY, LOUISIANA: Annual show; Arklatex
Gem & Mineral Society; Bossier City Civic Center; 620 Benton
Rd.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-5; adults $4, students $1 with ID, children
(6 and under) free; custom and unique jewelry, gems, minerals,
educational exhibits, demonstrations, door prizes ; contact Del
Glasner, PO Box 6633, Bossier City, LA 71111, (318) 965-1989; e
-mail: [email protected]; Web site:
24-25—MOUNTAIN HOME, ARKANSAS: Annual show;
Ozark Earth Science Gem, Mineral & Fossil Club; Cooper Park;
Van Matre Senior Center, 1101 Spring St.; Sat. 10-6, Sun. 10-4;
adults $1, children (12 and under) free; gems, minerals, fossils,
rock-related gifts, crafts, jewelry to view and buy, hourly door
prizes, grand prize, Spin to Win game for children; contact
Edward Hakesley, 821-1 Alexis Circle, Mountain Home, AR
72653, (870) 424-0956; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site:
24-25—PEORIA, ILLINOIS: 50th Annual Show; PAS Geology;
Grand Hotel; 4400 N. Brandywine Dr.; Sat. 9-5, Sun. 10-5; free
admission; rocks, gems, minerals, fossils, kids' area, fluorescent
display, demonstrators, more than 20 dealers, panning sluice;
contact Jim Travis, 2812 N. Peoria Ave., Peoria, IL 61603, (309)
645-3609; e-mail: [email protected]; Web site:
Other Regional Interests:
Alabama Museum of Natural History
Smith Hall, University of Alabama Main Campus
Florida Museum of Natural History
Macon Arts and Science Mueum
Anniston Museum of Natural History
The Clement Mineral Museum (Marion, Kentucky)
North Carolina:
Colburn Earth Science Museum (Ashville, NC)
Discovery Place (Charlotte, NC)
Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum (Franklin, NC )
South Carolina
The Bob Campbell Geology Museum
Frank H. McClung Museum
Gray Fossil Museum
The James Madison University Mineral Museum
Wildacres 2012
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The Georgia Mineral Society
August 2013
4 Exec.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
76 Clifton Rd. NE,
Atlanta, GA
I-75 Exit 293
Cartersville, Georgia
Upcoming Lectures
All lectures are free for members and included in the cost
of museum admission for non-members. Galleries will
remain open until the start of the lecture.
A few of the Permanent Exhibits:
A Walk Through Time in Georgia
Giants of the Mesozoic
The World of Shells
4138 Steve Reynolds Blvd.
Norcross, GA. 30093-3059
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Dues for New Members (Single, Couple, Family) are $25.00 per Society year. ($20.00 + $5.00 Initial Processing Fee)
Renewal Dues are $20.00 per Society year. (due 12 months from the date of joining and every 12 months thereafter)
Reinstatement Dues (For Expired Membership) are $25.00 ($20.00 + $5.00 Reinstatement Fee).
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