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.

Sign ups for Wire Wrap Class is happening now!  Class will begin Friday, Sept. 14th

 

Fluorite

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Fluorite – The World’s Most Colorful Mineral

This month Dick Weber will introduce us to the colorful world of Fluorite. Due to a spectacular range of colors and well developed crystals, this mineral is highly sought after by collectors. Clear and colorless when pure, fluorite can exhibit every color of the spectrum from the deepest purple to bright oranges and reds. In addition to its aesthetic and scientific value, fluorite is a critical industrial mineral used in the production of thousands of commercial products.

Dick Weber was first introduced to the fluorite deposits of the Mississippi Valley while working on his geology degree. Actively collecting specimens for the last 15 years, he will bring a display showcasing pieces from famous locales.   The public is welcome to join us at 7:30 p.m. in the Thousand Oaks Room at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center for this informative program.

 

Sunday, September 30 at 2:30 p.m.

“Kuiper Belt Objects”
Lecture by Prof. Hilke Schlichting, UCLA

In 1930 a small “planet”, Pluto, was discovered that had a strange orbit. The mean radius of the orbit was larger than that of Neptune, but during part of the orbit (e.g.,1979-1999) the object is closer to the Sun than Neptune. Thanks to research led by our UCLA colleague Dave Jewitt, additional “planets” with strange orbits occupying the region 30 to 50 AU from the Sun have been found. The objects largely consist of ices of water, methane and ammonia. Schlichting will talk about the formation of Kuiper-Belt objects, dynamical processes that caused their distribution in space, and relationships to comets.  For more info visit: http://www.meteorites.ucla.edu

 

National Park Service

2018 Fee Free Days on Federal Public Lands

Here are the 2018 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.

2018 Fee Free Days
September 22 – National Public Lands Day
National Park Service/U.S. Forest Service
November 11 – Veterans Day
National Park Service
U.S. Forest Service (11th and 12th)

 

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