(33th Annual Symposium)
October 19-21, 2007
This year's annual symposium is scheduled for October 19-21 and once again will
be held at the Red Lion Motel at Kelso, WA.
This year's Symposium theme has been selected as "Minerals of the American
We have confirmed renowned and excellent speakers:
- Dr. Virgil W. Lueth, Socorro, New Mexico
Virgil has been Mineralogist/Economic Geologist and Curator of the
Mineral Museum at the New Mexico Bureau of Mines & Mineral Resources
since 1994. He received his B.S. at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire,
and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at El Paso. Virgil has served on
the Boards of Directors of the Society of Mineral Museum Professionals, New
Mexico Geological Society and Friends of Mineralogy. He is currently President
of FM. Virgil has also chaired the New Mexico Mineral Symposium for the last
10 years. His presentations will include:
Mineral collecting in the Land of Enchantment: A light and colorful talk
on the history of mineral collecting in the New Mexico and news about the latest
finds ("killer" Hansonburg material mined this year, Chino spinel twinned
coppers, and the new herkimer-style quartz from near Truth or Consequences).
The Origin of Turquoise: A bit more scientific discussion integrating
Virgilís research on geochemistry, geochronology and paleoclimate as it pertains
to formation of New Mexicoís official state gemstone.
- Joe Marty, Salt Lake City, Utah
Joe is an active field collector of Southwest minerals. He is a retired medical
technologist and maintains a business cleaning and servicing microscopes. Joe
was recently inducted into the Micromounters Hall of Fame, and he has a collection
of over 10,000 catalogued micromounts. His presentations will include:
Recent Finds in Utah: Recent mineral specimen discoveries in Utah,
emphasizing unusual finds. Illustrations include locality pictures, maps, and
photomicrographs, several of which have been taken with stacking software.
Collecting status at different localities will be discussed.
Recent Finds in Arizona, Nevada and California: a similar presentation on
recent discoveries in these three states.
- Additional speakers to be confirmed.
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Symposium Committee Members:
Past Symposium Topics can be found on this link.