Bring fossils, gems, minerals and rocks
to be identified
KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 16, 1999 -- Professional geologists, including
experts from the University of Rhode Island, will identify fossils, gems,
minerals and rocks found by the public during the 34th Annual
Meeting of The Geological Society of America Northeastern Section.
The sessions, which are free and open to the public, will be held on
Monday, March 22, from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., and on Tuesday, March 23, from
3 - 5 p.m. The sessions will be held in the Narragansett Ballrooms, A and
B, at the Westin Hotel in Providence, R.I.
"Occasionally people will come in with objects they think might
be meteorites, said Don Hermes, chairman of the Geology Department at URI.
"Usually they aren,t"but these finds might be something else that
Hermes said it is common for adults and children alike to find artifacts
while strolling along the beach, hiking in the woods, or even digging in
their gardens. Collectors might look through a book to identify what they,ve
found. But amateurs generally do no more than wonder. The free identification
sessions will provide a chance for collectors and amateurs alike to discover
if the found object is a "treasure worth keeping.
URI is one of the hosts for the 1999 meeting of the Geological Society
of America Northeastern Section. The meeting, which lasts from March 21
- 24, is expected to draw 700 scientists and includes 40 sessions on topics
ranging from "Saving the Beach: Successes and Problems to "Hydrogeologic
Issues Behind A Civil Action (the book by Jonathan Harr).
For More Information: Deborah Grossman-Garber, 874-5401
Ann MacDonald or Jhodi Redlich, 874-2116