generally meets the third Wednesday of each month, August through May.
We now meet in Penn State's Earth and Engineering Sciences Building, on White Course Drive off North Atherton Street.
See driving directions and campus maps.
All are welcome to attend our meetings!
Parents must provide supervision of minors.
Mineral collectors and rockhounds, earth scientists and dinosaur lovers will all enjoy our activities.
Download and print a meeting flyer.
NMS January 16th meeting:
James Van Fleet
Our January meeting will be held Wednesday the 16th in room 116 (smaller auditorium) Earth & Engineering Sciences Building (EESB) on the west side of the Penn State campus in State College, PA. Maps are available on our web site.
6:45 to 7:45 p.m.: Social hour, special refreshments
7:45 to 8:00 p.m.: Announcements, questions, answers
about 8:00 p.m.: featured program
The event has free admission, free parking, and free refreshments, and is open to all; parents/guardians must provide supervision of minors. Bring your friends and share an interesting evening!
Fluorescence in mineral specimens is a phenomenon that is often overlooked by mineralogists, and even by field collectors and hobbyists. Mineral luminescence is sometimes useful in identification, and in prospecting, but its primary interest is the simple beauty and wonder of mineral specimens that respond to light in an unusual and unexpected way.
Mineral collectors whose interests extend to the larger tri-state area will be familiar with the famous fluorescent minerals of Franklin, New Jersey, and even Balmat, New York. While the state of Pennsylvania does not boast a specific location comparable to these, it does host a large number of fluorescent mineral species, in a wide variety of geologic settings.
While mineral genesis, chemistry, or even a comprehensive review of mineral localities is beyond the scope of my presentation, I will provide a photographic review of luminescent mineral species from Pennsylvania, and specifically specimens that fluoresce under short wave or long wave ultraviolet light. I will also introduce a new tool for detecting mineral fluorescence, which has proven to be especially effective at highlighting fluorescent minerals of Pennsylvania.
See the full illustrated article and other current news in the January Bulletin (link at top of sidebar at left).
DRIVING DIRECTIONS and PARKING for Earth & Engineering Sciences Building meetings on the Penn State campus (NOT Minerals Junior Ed. Day): After 5:00 p.m. and on weekends, free parking is available immediately across the street from the building. From North Atherton St. (Business Rt. 322) between College Avenue and Park Avenue, turn west (toward the golf course) off North Atherton at the traffic signal marked "White Course Drive." Go past the parking attendant's booth, follow the curve to the left, then turn right into the parking lot before reaching the stop sign. The building entrance is a little beyond the center of the lot, at the crosswalk. Enter the building, then go all the way across the lobby for our social hour & meeting room. We have a simple map at http://www.nittanymineral.org/EESBmap.jpg. For official campus maps see http://www.geog.psu.edu/print-campus-maps .
NMS has in stock the new order of T-shirts in Galapagos blue, Texas orange (both shown here) and royal blue.
A station at our Minerals Junior Education Day
2016: CELESTINE: Pennsylvania State Mineral?
Collecting crystals in a quarry
We have 2013 (and other) posters for sale!