Curious about the earth under your feet?
Want to know more about the earth's 4000+ minerals and how they came to be?
Then visit or join the Mineralogical Society of the District of Columbia (MSDC)!
Who Are We?
MSDC was formed in 1942. Our members range from novices to experts. We're people from all walks of life who enjoy getting together to learn more about minerals, gems, geology, fossils, and collecting. Most of us are in the Washington, DC area, but members are also scattered all over the USA. New rockhound? Serious enthusiast? Experienced geologist? We welcome you!
When and Where Do We Meet?
Club meetings are at 7:45 pm on the first Wednesday of each month (except July and August) at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, 10th and Constitution Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC.
What Do We Do?
We learn from presentations by scientists, curators, collectors, and members about all sorts of topics: specific minerals or mineral regions, volcanoes, caves, mining, local geology, field collecting, and much more. We also sponsor, or join other clubs, on field trips. And we're involved in other activities to stimulate and support people's interest in and knowledge about geology, minerals, and related subjects.
Want to Know More?
For info on upcoming speakers & more, check the current MSDC newsletter.
NO REGULAR MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5! Instead: Thursday, March 20, at 7 pm - a “Night of Geology” hosted by the Geological Science Program at George Washington University (Dr. Richard Tollo and his students, some of whom have received our annual scholarship awards.) One student will give a talk on her research regarding volcanic rocks at Mount Rogers, and our Foshag Award recipient, Molly Ray, will present a poster on her research on Precambrian basement rocks at Mount Rogers. Another student will have microscopes and rock samples for members to see various textures and minerals occurring in the major pyroclastic units at Yellowstone. 2029 G Street, NW, Bell Hall room B03).
People can enter either directly from G Street or through the University Yard on the back side of the building. The meeting room is located on the basement level; signs will be posted to guide everyone. Many visitors choose street parking during the evenings. Visitor parking is also available at the Academic Center Garage (located on I 'Eye' Street between 21st and 22nd Streets), Marvin Center (located on H Street between 21st and 22nd Streets), and G Street Garage (entrances located on 20th and 21st Streets in the alley way between F and G Streets). The G Street Garage is the university's first self-service visitors garage. It only accepts MasterCard and Visa for payment. Evening msximum rate: $10.
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