* Optional dinner add-on: $30
Join experts in the field to learn about the geology and minerals found at some of the outstanding mineral localities within the Southeast.
Prepaid reservations are required by March 16, 2018. Cost includes all presentations, breakfast and lunch, as well as Museum admission.
* This scientific mineral symposium is recommended for those with a geologic background and general mineral knowledge.
Mark Jacobson is a geologist-mineralogist specializing in pegmatites. He worked for Chevron in oil and gas development as a geologist for 35 years before retiring in 2013. He has published numerous articles on the geology, mineralogy, and mining-collecting histories of pegmatites including the book Antero Aquamarines: Minerals from the Mount Antero – White Mountain region, Chaffee County, Colorado. He will be discussing the emerald and hiddenite localities of Alexander County, North Carolina.
Chester (Chet) Karwoski is a former professor in Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Georgia. His interest in minerals and fossils started as a young boy. During his tenure at UGA, he regained his interest in minerals and began searching for high-quality crystal specimens in the Southeast, especially northeast Georgia & South Carolina. He is a former owner of the Diamond Hill Quartz Mine in Abbeville County, South Carolina. He now operates his own business, Oconee Minerals, where he sells minerals at regional rock and gem shows. Chester will discuss the history of the Diamond Hill Quartz Mine and focus on the interesting types of quartz crystals found there.
Dr. Stephen Neely is an orthopedic surgeon from Lebanon, Tennessee. He began collecting minerals in the early 1980s, eventually selling his first collection in 1998 to develop a new mineral collection that contains a suite of specimens from the Elmwood, Gordonsville, and Cumberland mines in Tennessee. Neely has become an expert on Elmwood minerals. He has written chapters on Elmwood minerals in several books including American Mineral Treasures and Nature’s Garden of Crystals. His talk will discuss the geology of Smith County, Tennessee, and the world-class minerals from the Elmwood, Gordonsville, and Cumberland mines.
Jose Santamaria is Executive Director of the Tellus Science Museum and editor of Minerals of Georgia, an illustrated record of every mineral identified in the state. His talk will be on Georgia’s most famous mineral locality, Graves Mountain. For nearly 160 years, the site has produced world-class rutile, lazulite, iridescent goethite, and more than 30 other minerals. This talk will give a historical perspective on Graves Mountain and cover the most recent thoughts on its complex geology and mineralogy.
James Starnes is a registered professional geologist and director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Mississippi Office of Geology’s Surface Geology Division. He manages the State Survey’s surface geological mapping program in Mississippi under the USGS STATEMAP grant. His geologic mapping program also includes paleontology, petrology, stratigraphy, mineralogy, and the structural geology of the State of Mississippi. His talk will discuss his work with geological mapping, the geology of the state and the discovery of Mississippi’s first precious gemstone.