Meetings

Guests are always welcome at our meetings!  They are held on the first Wednesday of the month (excluding holidays) at 7:30 PM at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center (map below).  The format includes an educational presentation, followed by refreshments, and a short business meeting. 

Our Pebble Pup meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month (excluding holidays) at 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM.

Our 2020 Gem & Mineral Show has been canceled.  We hope you visit our 2021 Show!

Our current classes are canceled.  We will inform our students when classes are resumed.

Field Trip Survey

We want to find out where you would like to collect specimens in 2021.  Click on the link for the survey.

www.surveymonkey.com/r/PQLDTS7

November 4, 2020 – “Minerals And The Future Of Energy Sustainability”

Aaron J. Celestian, Ph.D. has spent a great deal of his career finding ways to safely separate toxic elements from the environment that are remnants from our energy production, such as nuclear, fossil fuel, and battery. Being able to selectively lock these elements inside molecular holes in crystals, and safely store them in the crystals for the long-term away from living organisms, is a significant advancement. This work is still ongoing, yet newer discoveries have opened the door to using these same minerals to extract critically needed elements from otherwise toxic environments. Celestian is currently looking for new minerals that can selectively absorb these crucial resources, or design new ‘minerals’ when known species do not work.

October 7, 2020 – “Fluorescent and Unique Minerals of Franklin New Jersey”

Geologist Sandy Zucker will discuss the history and geology of this world famous, unique ore deposit and mineral locality, highlight some of the rare minerals found here, or only found here, and take you on a visual tour of the dazzling fluorescent mineral displays found in the mines of Franklin and Sterling Hill.

July 1, 2020 – Rare and Unusual Gemstones of California

California is an extraordinary state for rockhounding.  Geological forces have created one of the widest varieties of rocks and minerals found in any state.  Known as the ‘Golden State’, California has named Gold as its state metal, Serpentine as the State rock and Benitoite as the State gemstone.  This talk will feature benitoite, lapis lazuli and vesuvianite.  Our presenter will be Geologist Walter Lombardo of the Nevada Mineral & Book Company.

June 3, 2020 – “Magical Obsidian of Davis Creek”  7:00 p.m.

We will “open” our doors at 7:00 p.m. to allow our Members to socialize.  We will begin the meeting at 7:30 p.m.  Terry Wilson will show us colorful obsidian collected on the 2018 CFMS trip to Davis Creek, California. Her talk will outline the trip itself, the various types of obsidian found in the area, and include tips for working with obsidian. Terry has exhibited rainbow obsidian in the last two Ventura County Fairs, cabochons showing the cat-eye effect with rainbow obsidian, and rainbow obsidian in the rough, respectively.   Missed the meeting?  See the recording.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vIRNbley7E

The Gallery will be closed until further notice due to recent events.  The Gallery will be hosting virtual lecturers.

October 18, 2020, 2:30 p.m.
Free Lecture: The Golden Age of Sample Return Missions from Space:
What comet samples have told us about the origin of the solar system

In the past 15 years, space missions have returned samples of the Sun, a comet and an asteroid for detailed study by state-of-the-art methods in laboratories around the world.  Samples from two additional asteroids are being returned by current missions and return missions from the Moon and Mars are planned.  Starting 30 years after the last Apollo lunar mission, some have called these new missions the Golden Age of post-Apollo sample return missions.

In this talk, Dr. Donald Brownlee, University of Washington, will describe the Stardust mission and how the ancient rocky materials it returned from an active comet have given us important new insight into the formation of icy-bodies near the edge of the solar system.  Just as Moore’s Law led to vast improvements in our computers, analogous advances in microanalytical methods have led to unprecedented capabilities for studying extraterrestrial materials.  In the case of comet samples, the analyses have found abundant rocky materials that formed at incandescent temperatures, probably in the inner solar system.  Such materials were profoundly unexpected components in a body whose ices formed at cryogenic temperature.  Their presence in comets is evidence of large scale transport of rocky materials from the hottest regions of the early solar system to its coldest parts.

Registration: https://ucla.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEqduyupj0vGd3S0_52FsbHTbPjYr0sZQUj

For more information visit: https://meteorites.ucla.edu/

National Park Service

2020 Fee Free Days on Federal Public Lands

Here are the 2019 fee free days offered for recreation sites under the management of the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service.  While many parks, facilities and services associated with these agencies are free, some require a fee. Recreation fees, authorized by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, enable federal land management agencies to reinvest in the management of various recreation sites.

2020 Fee Free Days

January 20 – Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
April 18
 – Start of National Park Week / National Jr. Ranger Day
August 25 – National Park Service Anniversary
September 68 – National Public Lands Day
November 11 – Veterans Day

Death Valley National Park Fossil Thieves

$1,000 Reward – Death Valley National Park

Fossil Thieves stole several fossilized footprints, which had been left in a lakebed by mammals and birds, were missing. Now, Ryan F. Mandelbaum reports for Gizmodo, the National Park Service is asking for the public’s help in identifying a group of backpackers who may have information on the ancient tracks.  In a statement, the National Park Service released the photos of three men who might have witnessed the crime or have knowledge about the disappearance of the footprints. Investigators are offering an award of up to $1000 “for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of those responsible,” the statement reads. According to Mandelbaum, investigators are planning to interview visitors who frequented the Park at the time of theft, in the hopes that someone will be able to provide valuable clues.

Destroying—or pilfering—the property of national parks is prohibited by law. “It’s illegal to collect fossils, rocks, or anything else in National Parks,” Park Superintendent Mike Reynolds said in a statement about the fossil thefts. “The purpose of National Parks is to conserve the landscape and everything it contains for the next generation. I ask that visitors come and enjoy all there is to see, and to leave it unimpaired for others to enjoy.”

The National Park Service has asked anyone with information about the stolen fossils to call the Investigative Services Branch at 1-888-653-0009.

The Oxnard Gem & Mineral Society meets at the:

Oxnard Performing Arts Center
Thousand Oaks Room
800 Hobson Way
Oxnard, California 93030