Summerville 2015

The June 2015 SFMS/DMC Field Trip was sponsored by Mobile Rock & Gem Society to collect Summerville Agate at the quarry in Summerville Georgia.

This site has been a long time favorite of many collectors. The agate forms within Mississippian age chert as delicate concentric bands. Colors are predominantly gray and red. Sometimes you can find stalactic formations, or pieces covered in drusy quartz. Material is generally found by simply surface collecting, although there are plenty of large pieces and boulders for those so inclined to break them apart.

We got off to a rocky start (see what I did there?).  The dig was originally scheduled for Saturday, June 6.  Normally the quarry doesn't work on weekends, but at the last minute (June 5) they informed us that unfortunately they were going to have to operate on Saturday. Everyone from the various clubs attending was informed, but the late change unfortunately resulted in some people not being able to attend.

Sunday in the quarry was, as expected, extremely hot.  MRGS got to use our new tent and banners for the first time in the field.

Like most quarry's, there is really no place to escape from the heat.  All the light colored material in the quarry makes Summerville a particularly hot place in the summer Alabama sun.

A couple of guys from Georgia found a huge (about 3 feet diameter) boulder with good pattern and figure throughout and briefly contemplated how they might get it loaded into a truck but eventually gave up on the idea.

An MRGS member found a beautiful specimen, and it's quite a story how he found it too (read about it here).

Enjoy the pictures...

St. Stephens 2015

St. Stephens Fossil Hunt - March 2015

Members of MRGS gathered in St. Stephens Alabama to gather fossils.  

St Stephens grew atop the bluffs over the Tombigbee and came to be an early land office for the sale of Indian Lands and Alabama's capital prior to its admission to the American states.

Even before America became a country, scientists were hopping on and off of boats up and down the Tombigbee River because it is a great place to view the geological and fossil record of our earth.  Part of St. Stephens State Park and the surrounding land are part of a long defunct cement plant that provided the building materials for the city of Mobile for a hundred years. 

Marine fossils of many kinds can be found in the ancient deposits, including shells, shark and ray teeth, sand dollars, and sea biscuits.

Dickinson Farm 2013

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Dickinson Family Farm in Alpine, AL.  A Field Trip of the Mobile Rock & Gem Society.

The Dickinson family was kind enough to invite the society up to go rock hunting on their property.  Many fine examples of Alabama Chert for collected, some quite large.  A few sizable chunks ow sit outside the Mobile Rock & Gem world headquarters building (a.k.a "the clubhouse") as yard rocks.

Thanks to the many club members who took, and shared photos.

Summerville Agate 2013

Sunday July 28, 2013 - Summerville Georgia

SFMS/DMC Field sponsored by the Carroll County Gem & Mineral Society

Just south of Summerville, GA in Chattooga County is an active quarry owned by the Patty Construction Company.  The banded agate here is much like crazy lace agate. The material has the same banding and swirls but is not quite as colorful. It is very plentiful however.