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.
October 18th regular meeting:
A Story of Science and Technology
Our October meeting will be held Wednesday the 18th in 114 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, refreshments in the hallway
7:45 to 8:00 p.m.:Annual Meeting and Elections
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!
The Drake well was drilled in 1859 to a depth of 69 ½ feet in Northwestern Pennsylvania where there were numerous oil seeps. Early efforts to find more oil involved offsetting known production and drilling near newly discovered oil seeps. As the industry matured, geologic concepts and technologies were developed to identify drilling locations for oil as well as natural gas. In addition new equipment to drill the wells was developed for operations on land and on water. My presentation will be a very high level overview of the science, technology and equipment that was developed during the 140 plus years after the drilling of the Drake Well which brought us to the development of the Marcellus Shale. I will mix my personal experiences during my 39 year career in the oil and gas industry into this story and note the changes that occurred.
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 .
In October, NMS will do a 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 is under consideration for Pennsylvania State Mineral
Collecting crystals in a quarry
We have 2013 (and other) posters for sale!