Everyone interested in minerals is invited to the event listed below, but please notice that because of the onsite lodging possibilities advance registration with prepayment is necessary.
Mineral Locality Symposium
Minerals of the Mojave Desert
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Lectures & Field Trip, See page 2 for Registration and Lodging information
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Field Trips: High clearance vehicles required. Localities:
Saturday: Blue Bell Mine or Otto Mtn.â€"Sunday: Halloran Turquoise District
The Southern California Chapter Friends of Mineralogy in conjunction with
the Gem & Mineral Council of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Desert Studies Center
Field station of the California State University (CSU)
Located between Barstow and Las Vegas at Soda Springs in California (60 miles
east of Barstow, eight miles southwest of Baker ). To reach the Center, take
I-15 (the Mojave Freeway) to Zzyzx Road. Drive south on Zzyzx Road four miles to
the Center. Zzyzx Road is unpaved for most of its length, but is graded and
should be driven slowly.
Saturday: Tentative Lecture & Activities Schedule
9:00 am Registration
10:00 Welcome Ì¶ Dr. William Presch, DSC Director
10:15 Mojave Desert Ì¶ A Brief Stratigraphic & Structural
10:30 The Blue Bell Mine Ì¶ Dr. Robert Housley
11:15 Soda Lake Salt Production Ì¶ R. Fulton, followed by
walking tour of the salt works
12:00 Lunch Break
1:00 pm Minerals of the Mohawk Mine Ì¶ Robert Reynolds
1:30 Minerals of Otto Mountain, Baker Ì¶ Joe Marty
2:00 1,000 Years of Mining History: Halloran Turquoise Ì¶
2:30 Afternoon Field Trip to Blue Bell Mine or Otto Mountain.
Silent Auction upon return.
6:30 Banquet at the Desert Studies Center
7:30 Evening Keynote Speaker Ì¶ Dr. Kampf: "California â€"
Treasure Trove of New Mineralsâ€
Synopsis: More new mineral species have been discovered in California than in any other state. With 14 new species approved in the last few years, the number now stands at 135, greater than the nearest competitor, New Jersey, which has 76. Californiaâ€™s geological diversity is responsible for its great mineralogical diversity. While New Jerseyâ€™s large number of new species is principally from the remarkable Franklin/Sterling Hill deposits, California boasts a large number of deposits with unusual mineralogies. This program will highlight Californiaâ€™s top 12 deposits (or types of deposits) for new minerals, with special emphasis on the most active current sources in the Mojave Desert.
Suggested donations for advance registration are $65, for symposium, meals (L & D Saturday/B Sunday), bunk and showers (Bring your own bedding and toiletries.); $50 for symposium, all meals but no bunk; $10 student rate for symposium but no meals and no bunk (Bring your own food and attend an organized camp with other students on Saturday night). Donations for the Saturday field trip of your choice are $5, and for the Sunday field trip, $10. There is no self-contained camping at the Desert Studies Center. Registration is limited. Bring snacks and beverages for field trips.
Options: Motels in Baker, CA (Bun Boy, 760-733-4363; Wills Fargo, 760-733-4477)
Motels in Barstow (50 miles west)
Baker to DSC
Advance Registration Deadline
October 7, 2011
You will not be able to register for this symposium at the door!
Need Ride for Field Trips?:
Have 4WD/High Ground Clearance:
How many extra passengers can you take?:
Symposium with meals and bunk: Qty: x $65
Symposium with meals: Qty: x $50
Student (Symposium only): Qty: x $10
Saturday Field Trips, pick only one:
Otto Mtn. Qty.
x $ 5
Blue Bell Qty.
x $ 5
Sunday Field Trip:
Halloran Turquoise Qty. x
2012 SCFM Dues:
Qty: x $15
Please make all checks payable to SCFM and mail to:
210 S. Catalina Ave. #3
Pasadena CA 91106