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Rockwood Gem and Mineral Society
St. Louis, Missouri


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Welcome back to another year and a NEW meeting Place!

Comments, Etc.
We hope everyone had a great summer and are all ready to start back to our regular routine. Since Gordon Kummer has been sent to Colorado for a year, we needed to find a new meeting place. Therefore, we will be meeting at Parkway Central Middle School in room 705. The school is on Hwy 141 between Ladue and Olive. It may be confusing because it is on the same campus as the high school and the Administration Building. If coming from Hwy 40, go past the high school and turn into the drive that goes by the Administration building. The middle school is at the end of that drive. We hope everyone finds their way and we will see you at the meeting.

New Members!

Christine Baird
David & Janis Miller

Meet us in St. Louis
August 18, 19, & 20, 2000!

The Association of Greater St. Louis Earth Science Clubs is busy planning for the Year 2000 Midwest Federation Show. Keep this in mind when planning calendars for next summer. We will need lots of volunteers. Contact Bob Morse, Show Chairman, at 462-4424 or e-mail him.

The June picnic out at the Parrott's new home was fantastic. There was a large turnout, the food was great and the day was fun and relaxing for all. Thanks, Mary and Alan, for being such fine hosts.

Internet News
Since more and more of our members are getting on-line, your editor feels that it might be fun to have a computer section. Let us know of any good web sites so we can pass them along. Here are a couple that might be of interest:
Midwest Federation Website
We recently visited the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory site recommended in the June 1999 Rock Lore. This has every thing anyone could ever wish to know about volcanoes--even information on hiking a volcano. This is great for kids who have to do reports for school.

Caution: Sometimes information on the internet is not always correct.

Rockhounds and fossil hunters should be interested in hearing that the Feb. 1999 deadline for Dept. of Interior's report, '"A Unified Federal Policy on Fossils" has been extended. If you have not already written a letter expressing your concern, now is the time to do it.

Comments should be sent to

The Honorable Bruce Babbitt Secretary of Interior U.S. Dept of Interior 1849 C street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20240

News From Other Clubs


For laundresses, the Soapstone.
For architects, the Cornerstone.
For cooks, the Puddingstone.
For politicians, the Blarneystone.
For borrowers, the Touchstone.
For policemen, the Pavingstone.
For stockholders, the Curbstone.
For shoemakers, the Cobblestone,
For burglars, the Keystone.
For tourists, the Yellowstone.
For beauties, the Peachstone.
For motorists, the Milestone.
For editors, the Grindstone.
Gem City Rock News

When two service station attendants in Lonia, Michigan refused to hand over the cash to an intoxicated robber, the man threatened to call the police. They still refused, so he called the police and was arrested.

Tired of using good old bathroom tissue to wrap your specimens? Try SARAN WRAP, it cuddles right up around your delicate specimens, and makes them much easier to handle.
Kitty MFW

How Geodes are Created
Geodes begin as bubbles in volcanic rock or as animal burrows, tree roots or mud balls in sedimentary rock. Over time the outer shell of the spherical shape hardens and water containing silica precipitation forms on the inside walls of the hollow cavity within the geode. The silica precipitation can contain any variety of dissolved minerals, the most common being quartz, but amethyst and calcite are also found. Over a period of thousands of years, layers of silica cool, forming crystals of different minerals within the cavity. Different types of silica cool at varying temperatures thus creating layers of different types of mineral crystals. Each geode is unique in composition and can truly be discovered when cracked open or cut with a rock saw. The size and formation of crystals and different shades of color within the crystal make a each geode special. The rough exterior of the geode gives no indication of the secrets held within its core. The anticipation never fades for those who curiously collect buckets full of round geodes and eagerly expose these secrets of each individual sphere-shaped rock. The most prized contain rare amethyst crystals or black calcite crystals.

Editors note:
The previous article concerning geode formation pertains not to the geodes of Indiana. The Hoosier ones were all at one time animals The geodization process actually starts inside the animal, grows and eventually splits the animal apart. Sometimes leaving enough shape and/or remains of shell for the original animal to be identified...
Rock Pickings

The deepest canyon in the U.S. is not the Grand Canyon, but a gorge along the Idaho-Oregon border called "Hells Canyon". Cut by the winding Snake river Hells Canyon is 7,900 feet deep at its deepest point, or 2200 feet deeper than the deepest part of the Grand Canyon.
Gem City Rock News

O-U-G-H; A Fresh Hack at an Old Knot
"I'm taught PLOUGH s' all be pronounce' "Plow.'"'
"Zat's easy w'en you're know," I'm say,
"Mon Anglais, I'll get THROUGH"
"My teacher laugh; 'e say to me,
"O-U-G-H is "OO!""
"Mon Dieu!" I cry "Mais nom d'un chien!!"
Zees Anglais make me COUGH!!!"
"'E say, "Again mon frien' is wrong;
"O-U-G-H is "OFF!""
"Oh, Sacre' Bleu! such varied sounds
Of words makes my HICCOUGH!"
"My teacher laugh; an 'zen 'e say,
O-U-G-H is "UP!""
"I say, "I try to speak your words,
I cannot speak them THOUGH!"
My teacher say, "Oh, no, oh, no -
"O-U-G-H is "OWE!""
"I learn no more! I s'all go mad!
I'll drown me in ze LOUGH!!!!!"
"But ere you drown yourself," says 'e,
"O-U-G-H is "OCK! ....
"'E taught no more; I 'eld 'im fast,
and killed 'im wiz a ROUGH."
Author unknown (to me)
IA caveat; pay careful attention to the rhyme scheme!] Ted Robles, Editor
Mountain Gem, Franklin, NC

DID YOU KNOW? Lincoln's Marble Leaks

Did you know that the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., is sprouting stalactites and stalagmites ill its basement? This phenomenon is caused by water seeping through the marble. Though the Memorial is a little over 55 years old, the formations have. grown several feet in length. When the Memorial was built, engineers
sank 122 cylinders to bedrock 50 feet underground. The base of the Memorial is set high above ground on a rectangular platform, thus forming a cavernous space beneath the 'floor. This is where the stalactites and stalagmites are growing.
via: YAKIMA G & M NEWS ~o.
Gem Rock

The first Ford cars had Dodge engines.. Leonardo Da Vinci invented scissors.. Camels: milk does not curdle..
Since 1896, the beginning of the modern Olympics, only Greece and Australia have participated in every Game..
Via Crystal Cluster Oct 1998


Why isn't there mouse flavored cat rood?

What do you do when you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant?

Would a fly without wings be called a walk?

Why don't sheep shrink when if, rains?

Why do they put Braille buttons: on the drive-through ATM?

Why do they sterilize the needles for lethal Injections?
Via Michigan Gem News, October 98

Rockwood Gem and Mineral Society Minutes May 21, 1999

The meeting was called to order at 7:35 by Bob Morse. We met at Sachs Electric for the last time as host employee, Gordon Kummer, will be working in Colorado and we will need to change locations. Many thanks to Gordon for the terrific meeting place which we have all enjoyed.

Minutes were read and the treasurer's report given as follows: income- savings interest.58, silent auction $1.60, dues $35.00 expenses - newsletters $139.44, speaker, Bill Theis, $25 balance in treasury, $3830.02

Gordon reported on the road field trip that we did with Peggy Nuske and also mentioned the Arkansas Memorial Day trip our club had been invited to join. Bob reported on the August show. A sign-up sheet went around to cover the ticket table for which our club is responsible; Dianne and Andy will take over Gordon's responsibilities for the show. A meeting will be held on May 20th to continue organization for the 2000 show to be held at Queeny next August.

Mary Parrott will host the club picnic at her new location on June 6th at 1:00. Sign up to bring part of the meal, bring chairs and fishing rod and swim wear if so desired. Mary will set up the Fall programs. Bob and Mary both shared about their experience doing school programs. They mentioned giving rock specimens as gifts to the school kids and the club voted to do this.

A new meeting place is needed for the Fall. Several suggestions were given and Claudia, Andy and Mary offered to look into this matter. The club voted to authorize Bob Morse to spend $50 for door prizes for the upcoming club year. He mentioned that Boeing club members are going to form a club in St. Charles as Boeing is no longer interested in sponsoring such. It was suggested that we use ticket stubs from the August show to mail out postcards about out meetings to attendees in our area. Mary made a motion to this effect and it was passed. The goal is to send them out in early Sept. Bill Miller won the door prize and the formal meeting adjourned at 8:15 for a time of refreshment. The following program was on Union Road Agate with Bill Theis presenting

Respectfully submitted by Dianne Larson, sec.