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Fossil Section

A Special GMS Group
for People Interested in Fossils

Fossil Section Meets
Second Monday
Every Month

Fossils are a unique way to get a glimpse of the past. Life (and sometimes death) is immortalized in stone.

These enigmatic rocks are formed many different ways and there is so much to learn from them. Please join us at the fossil section to learn more.

Click here for articles about fossils.
Click here for a link to a website devoted to Georgia fossils.

If you have any questions about Fossil Section, please contact Fossil Section chair Kim Cochran.


Fossil Section Message


Date: Monday, June 12, 2017
Time: 7:30 pm
Speaker: Martha Brown
Topic: Fossilized Eggs
Location: GMS Building

Last month, Margaret Ronan gave a presentation on how earthquake liquefaction played an important part in the mass burial of plants and animals at Snowmass near Aspen, Colorado. I wish to thank Margaret for her time and effort in this presentation.

This month, Martha Brown will be discussing fossil eggs. Eggs are some of Martha’s favorite fossils. I am sure that this will be a very interesting presentation.

The Georgia Mineral Society is blessed to have numerous and varied field trips. We have a great working relationship with a number of mineral societies. I commend Charles Carter for his enthusiasm and efforts as Field Trip Chair. There are many sites which are small or which the property owner does not wish a large number of people to enter. In the past, when such a site was planned for a field trip, it was required that the members sign up. It was not unusual on the date of the trip for many people to ignore the limited number and to show up anyway. In the 1980’s five people (including myself) were invited to go deep into the New York Mine at Marblehill. We were going to collect large calcite crystals. On the collecting date, not five but over fifty showed up. Needless to say, no one collected the crystals. This has happened over and over!

It was decided by some of the sections to hold their own field trips. The details would not be published in Tips and Trips. Any GMS member could sign up when attending section meetings. Details would be emailed to those members. Last month, the Fossil Section held such a trip. We met at a gas station in mid-Georgia. The quarry manager led the trip. We had a great tour of the processing plant. We learned of what went on with the kaolin from the mine to the finished product. Some of it is piped for over twenty miles to be processed. We learned that a kaolin slurry can be used as an insecticide with no chemicals involved. We were led to a pit where kaolin was mined. The geology was explained. We learned what was involved from opening up the pit to reclamation, to proceeding to the next site. Lastly, we were led to an exposure of the Tivola Limestone. Here the members were allowed to collect. Clam steinkerns, sand dollar fragments, and a shrimp burrow were collected. This site would not have sustained the number of members at regular field trips.

I wish to thank the quarry manager for his guidance and information and to Lori and Charles Carter for all of their help. [Note: Jay Batcha also helped set up this trip -- webmaster]

I encourage all of our members to attend not only the general meeting but to attend section meetings as well. A lot is learned at those meetings as well as the possibility of a mini-field trip.

Kim Cochran,
Fossil Section Chair

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