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.

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Meeting: John Marshall Presents Lake Superior Agates

Lake Superior Agate - Tube - Photography by John D Marshall
Photography by John D. Marshall
At our September 13th, 2012, Thursday meeting at the Forest Grove Senior and Community Center (Map) in Forest Grove, Oregon, John Marshall will be covering the topic of Lake Superior Agates in Michigan.

He is the author of the book, The Other Lake Superior Agates by John D. Marshall. Please note that the book is now out of print but maybe found in some online used bookstores.

John’s photography and research into agates and the rocks and minerals of Lake Superior is legendary in our industry and we are honored to have him speak to us.