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, October 2 – Gold Prospecting in California
Gold! From the boom years of the Gold Rush, Women Miners and the current trends in Gold Prospecting will be presented by Lorraine Prost, President of the Valley Prospectors. We will find out how methods to extract Gold from the Earth have evolved to include metal detecting and more. Included will be a panning demonstration.
The public is welcome to join us at 7:30 p.m. for this free presentation.
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Polluted White Dwarfs
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Location: Geology 3656
Lecture by Prof. Ed Young
When a star the size of the Sun has burned all its H and He, it starts to cool by radiation. It eventually becomes very dense; white dwarfs typically contain the mass of the Sun in an Earth-size star. The gravitational field is so strong that elements other than H and He settle out of the atmosphere on a short time scale (months to 106 years). Thus it was a surprise when detailed surveys showed 25% of white dwarfs to be polluted with asteroidal or cometary debris. Recent studies of WD atmospheres thus allow comparison of these pollutants with the smaller materials orbiting our Sun.
For more info visit: http://www.meteorites.ucla.edu
2019 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.
2019 Fee Free Days
Saturday, April 20 – Start of National Park Week / National Jr. Ranger Day
Sunday, August 25 – National Park Service Anniversary
Saturday, September 28 – National Public Lands Day
Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day
$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