The Nittany Mineralogical Society, Inc., in State College, Pennsylvania
The Nittany Lion looks out from a 
Central Pennsylvania doubly terminated quartz crystal.  Artwork © John Passaneau.
Nittany Mineralogical Society, Inc.
State College, Pennsylvania

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Your local non-profit mineral, gem and rock club
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.

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MEETING LOCATION NOTE: We will meet in a different BUILDING in early 2017. Please watch this web page for any updates!
JANUARY Meeting: Room 113 IST Building


January 18th meeting:
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Establishing the Foundation for Rhyolite Sourcing of Native American Artifacts
by Barry E. Scheetz, Tim Murtha and Gregory H. Bondar

Our January meeting will be held Wednesday the 18th in A NEW LOCATION: Room 113 Information Sciences & Technology Building (which bridges North Atherton St.) on the west side of the Penn State campus in State College, PA. From our usual parking lot, it is the building to the left of Earth & Engineering Sciences Building (EESB). The room is on the ground floor, accessible from either the end door facing EESB or the main door at the corner of the parking lot near Atherton St. Maps are available on our web site.
6:45 to 7:45 p.m.: Social hour, refreshments in the hallway
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!

Of the nearly dozen lithic materials that were utilized by Native American peoples in what is now Pennsylvania, metarhyolite is the 7th most abundant lithic materials reported in the State PASS files that form the registration of archaeological sites. Metarhyolite occurs in the Catoctin Formation in Franklin and Adams County as part of the extreme northern Blue Ridge Mountains, locally known as South Mountain. An analysis of the time frame for the exploitation of metarhyolite shows that during the Transitional Era [7000 to 8000 BC] the material usage exploded along the Juniata and Susquehanna River Valleys throughout Pennsylvania and into New York and westward into Ohio. We will explore the distribution of rhyolite along the Eastern Seaboard and examine its physical and chemical characteristics with the goal of identifying components that can be utilized to unequivocally define the origins of a rhyolite sample to its source location.

For additional current news see our NMS 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 two round concrete planters. 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 .

T-shirts in Galapagos Blue and Texas Orange NMS now has T-shirts in two new colors.


A station at our Minerals Junior Education Day
A station at our Minerals Junior Education Day


Celestine crystal cluster 2016: CELESTINE is under consideration for Pennsylvania State Mineral


Collecting in a quarry
Collecting crystals in a quarry


Five different posters
We have 2013 (and other) posters for sale!

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