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.

Wednesday, January 8 – The Geology & Minerals of the DeGrussa Copper & Gold Mine

The DeGrussa deposit is the largest copper mine in Australia.  Discovered in 2009 and put into production in 2012, the mine produces 45,000 ounces of gold and 200,000 tons of copper per year.

Shortly after the deposit was discovered, a geologist and mineral collection curator was hired to collect and preserve mineral samples during the development and production of this mine.  This allowed thousands of rare mineral samples to be saved and made available to the research community and the general public.  This material is usually destroyed by modern mining techniques or would typically be crush and destroyed during milling and processing of the ore.

Geologist Dick Weber’s presentation will show us the fabulous copper minerals and beautiful lapidary material that has been preserved.

Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 2:30 p.m.

A Coming Out Party For A Large Stony Meteorite
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Geology 3656

Large iron meteorites are common, big stones are rare. Our atmosphere presents a formidable barrier to large rocks, efficiently transforming boulders into pebbles. But a few survive the fiery plunge.

Dr. Peter Utas reviews the roster of these great intruders, with a short description of several, and introduces a rare survivor, the 15th largest surviving stone. Discovered five years ago, in Mali or Mauritania, this flight-marked 205-kilogram specimen was largely buried, the soil-line still clearly visible.

Dr. Alan Rubin describes the analysis and classification of chondritic stones; naked eye examination of hand specimens gives important clues, but quantitative techniques are needed to avoid being misled. Hand samples of chondrites will be available for examination by attendees.

For more info visit: http://www.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