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Gem Show Pictures Fall 2016

KCI Expo Center outside building

The Gem and Mineral Show was once again at the KCI Expo Center

selling rocks and books convention customers

The view from behind the Association booth.

yellow keokuk geode

This yellow geode is from Keokuk in St. Francisville. They call it “Lemoness”.

crinoid Scyphocrinites elegans fossil from Morocco

This huge crinoid (Scyphocrinites elegans) fossil is from Morocco.

kansas fossils

There were also fossils from Kansas available.

tiny beads in tubes

Plenty of beads for sale at the show.

fossilized starfish britlestar ophiura morocco

Fossil Brittle Star from Morocco, sold by Schooler’s Minerals. Fun fact: a brittle star is from the class Ophiurida and starfish are from the class Asteroidea, so they are not really related to starfish at all.

official-apron

Bob models an official Association apron and holds a pufferfish.

pufferfish

The preserved pufferfish close up. It is hollow and light as a feather. I don’t think anyone bought it so it will be for sale again in March.

books about minerals and gem cutting for sale

Some of the mineral, fossil, and jewelry-related books we had for sale this year.

carved mineral skulls

Carved skulls made of semi-precious minerals.

dino agate.JPG

Is this a giant dinosaur showing off a giant agate, or a very small dinosaur with a tiny agate?

potter with pots and bowls oklahoma dirt shirt

Martin selling pottery that he made

men packing items for storage

Everything is packed up into our big blue cube until the next show.

Children’s Archaeology Dig

On Thurday, May 19, 2016, there will be a free children’s archaeology dig at the Atkins-Johnson Farm and Museum in Gladstone, MO at 6607 NE Antioch Rd. It will start at 6:30 pm. There will be hands-on activities to teach children how to “think like an archaeologist” led by Gail Lundeen. You can also see the new exhibit at the museum called Archaeology: What’s Under the Farm? which will feature actual things found on the property during an excavation in 2014-15. Don’t miss this event!

Earth Science Week 2015

Earth Science Week is October 11-17, 2015

Earth Science Week logoEvery year, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MO DNR) has an Earth Science Week full of fun activities for kids and adults. From their website: Earth Science Week aims to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. This year’s activities will be held Oct. 11-17 and will celebrate the theme “Visualizing Earth’s Systems.” This year’s theme will engage young people and others in discovering the Earth sciences, remind people that Earth science is all around us, encourage Earth stewardship through understanding, and to motivate geoscientists to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about the Earth.

Go ahead – be a citizen scientist!

Enter the photography, visual arts and essay contests! All eligible submissions must be submitted to the American Geosciences Institute and received electronically by 4 p.m. CST, Friday, Oct. 16, 2015.

Participate in events during Earth Science Week. Plan a visit to the Missouri Geological Survey during Earth Science Week. The Missouri Geological Survey will be open during Earth Science Week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, Oct. 12-16.

Read our Governor’s Proclamation!

  • Sunday, Oct. 11 is International EarthCache Day – Explore the world using your GPS.
  • Monday, Oct. 12 Earth Science Literacy Day Learn the fundamentals of geosciences with Earth Science: Big Idea, a video series developed to explain why Earth science literacy is important.
  • Tuesday, October 13 is No Child Left Inside Day  NCLI Day encourages students to go outside and research Earth science in the field like a professional geoscientist.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 14 is National Fossil Day – Visitors to the Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology, in Rolla, will receive a Crinoid fossil. Also, be sure to check out the fossils in the limestone of the Missouri State Capitol.
  • Thursday, Oct. 15 is The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut – Register and join millions in the “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” earthquake drill Oct. 15 at 10:15 a.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 15 is Geoscience for Everyone Day Do your part to help young people from underrepresented communities explore exciting careers in the geosciences.
  • Friday, Oct. 16 is Geologic Map Day – Special mapping exhibits were on display at the Ed Clark Museum of Missouri Geology during Geologic Map Day to promote awareness of the study, uses and importance of geologic mapping for education, science, business, and public policy concerns.
  • Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17 and 18 the Ozark Mountain Gem and Mineral Society’s Gem and Jewelry Show will be held in the at the Expo Center in Springfield, Mo. – Geologists with the Missouri Geological Survey will host an educational booth Saturday, Oct. 17.
  • Saturday, Oct. 17 is International Archaeology Day – Hosted by the Archaeological Institute of America, this special event is a celebration of archaeology and the thrill of discovery.

Trilobite Cookies

Even Easier Trilobite Cookies

by Stephen Greb, Kentucky Geological Survey

You’ll need:

1 bag of oval-shaped or circular cookies. Cookies that do not already have icing work best. Several types of cookies can be used, if you want to show variety.
1 cup of M & M’s ® (mini-size works well), Skittles ® or other small, round candies for eyes
Several tubes of icing for decorating. Large tubes and small, detail tubes can both be used.
Plastic knifes for spreading icing
Paper or plastic plates to make the cookies on
Paper towels for clean up

Preparation time: 15-30 minutes, depending on how many cookies you make

Recipe:

1. Place undecorated cookies on a plate or paper towel.

2. Decorate cookies using tube icing. Try to divide the cookies into three parts. You can spread icing on the top third and bottom third to model the head (cephalon) and tail (pygidium) of the trilobite. You can also divide the cookie into three parts along the long axis and spread icing on both sides, leaving the middle strip bare. This models the three longitudinal lobes of the trilobite. You can use small tube icing to make segments across the cookie, or bumps, or spines. Use your imagination.

3. Finish by placing two candy eyes on the head. You can use a dab of icing as “glue” to help hold the candy eyes down. If the eyes don’t stick, it’s okay; some trilobites lacked eyes and were blind.

4. Eat and enjoy!

Midwest Federation 2015 Youth Poster Contest

The deadline has passed to enter this poster contest sponsored by Summit Lapidary Club, but here are the rules for posterity.

Theme: The official state gem, mineral, rock, or fossil of the state you live in. Eligibility: Any student in 1st-8th grade. Prizes: Each grade will have a winner. Ribbons will be awarded for 1st-4th place. 1st-3rd place will also receive a prize. Contest Rules: All entries must be presented on 12”x18” paper. Include name, address, age, and school grade of participant on BACK of entry. No three-dimensional posters accepted. The title may be on the front or back. List your state and why you chose the gem, mineral, rock, or fossil. All entries become the property of the MWF and Summit Lapidary Club Scale of Points: Originality and Art Work: 30 points Design: 25 points Title: 25 points Listing of state gem, mineral, rock, or fossil and reason for your choice: 20 points Artwork: Artwork on posters can be pen, ink, crayons, magic marker, paint, or any other artist’s medium. Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by May 1, 2015 Send your entries to: [address removed because contest is over] Questions? Contact Poster Judge Jennifer Fike at [email address removed]. Hint: Missouri’s state rock is Mozarkite, state mineral is galena, and state fossil is the crinoid.