February 25 Meeting: Fluorescent Minerals – presented by Bob Oblack

Fluorescent mineral exhibit at the Rice NW MuseumBob Oblack, member of the Fluorescent Mineral Society, will be bringing his Ultra Violet light set-up and a large collection of UV reactive minerals to our meeting on Thursday, February 25th. The meeting starts at 7:30 and is guaranteed to be informative, interesting and very different from our standard programs. You won’t want to miss it

Did you know that some minerals light up like neon signs when a UV light is applied? Come out and see the exciting word that UV lights can show you. And if you have something you think might be Fluorescent, bring it with you.


August Meeting: Speaker Julian Gray, Executive Director of the Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals

On August 13th Julian Gray did a presentation on quartz that was rich in content and dazzled us all.

He talked about how quartz is one of the most common minerals on the planet. In combination with other minerals, it forms comment rocks like granite. The term “quartz” is named for “icy cold” in Latin as it was believed to be an ice-like formation in ancient times.

Julian Gray is the Executive Director of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals in Hillsboro, Oregon. He is an expert in photomicrography, the photography of rocks, minerals, and gems under the microscope. He is also a geologist and former curator of the Tellus Museum in Atlanta, Georgia.

Julian is also an author and his next book, Minerals of Georgia: Their Properties and Occurrences, will be available on Amazon.com in February 2016.