Gold, I guess is where you find it.

Detailed directions to the sites will be given in the printed and PDF newsletters sent to members monthly.

S.A.M.S. Field Trips

NOVEMBER S.A.M.S. FIELD TRIP
Lake Douglas, Tennessee
November 24, 2017

Date: November 24, 2017. We will notify by email and on our website if we reschedule the trip due to inclement weather.

Place: Lake Douglas, Tennessee

Minerals: Doubly-terminated quartz crystals ,clear, milky, or smoky with carbon inclusions, geodes, graptolite, stromatolite colorful (yard?) rocks.

Equipment: Bring lunch, drink, and containers for crystals; shovel and tools are optional and usually not needed. You may want to bring boots if it has recently rained. There are no rest room facilities.

Lake Douglas is one of TVA’s multi-purpose lakes. The water level is lowered as much as 60 feet below the top of gates in the winter, exposing large areas of what will be submerged land later in the summer. Late November is an excellent time to explore the dry areas for crystals, providing the sun will shine and it hasn’t rained for a few days before the trip.

Meeting Location: For Members Only.

Directions: For Members Only.






DIXIE MINERAL COUNCIL

Dixie Mineral Council Field Trip
The Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc.

An Official Field Trip of the Emerald City Rock and Gem Club
(Greenwood, SC) (HOST)
An Official Field Trip of the (enter your associated club's name here!)
 
Saturday, December 9, 2017 
9:00 am to 2:00 pm EST
Diamond Hill Mine
Antreville, Abbeville County, SC
Fee (See Below)
TRIP: This is a very popular site that has had the spoil heaps turned over regularly this fall. In our travels around the country we’ve run into people from all over who love coming here. Recently people have been finding aquamarine in smoky quartz matrix. We often don’t know what we’ve found until we get it home and clean it up!

COLLECTING: Quartz crystals (milky, skeletal, smoky, and some amethyst - rare), Beryl/Aquamarine - rare. Garnet and epidote finds have also been reported.
BRING: Digging tools, buckets, work gloves, and don’t forget weather protection gear, water and snacks. It can be muddy, depending on the weather.

REQUIREMENTS: Participants can take away as much as can fit in their car. Recently, there have been some problems with people digging outside the confines of the mine area, specifically into the county road easement. Participants are asked to stay on the mine side of the log. The mounds of dirt are fairly tall, so stout shoes are recommended. A wide path to the back area of the mine has been created making that an easier walk. Hand tools only.

FEE: $20 per adult 18 and up, cash only (Checks are accepted only from a club account). Teens and Seniors $10.  Children 12 and under $5.

CHILDREN: Yes. This is a great place for children.
PETS: Yes. Diamond Hill Mine is pet friendly.

FACILITIES: There are picnic tables and a porta potty, but no running water. If you want to clean your finds before taking them home, bring some water and a scrub brush.

DIRECTIONS AND WHERE TO MEET: For Members Only.


DIXIE MINERAL COUNCIL FIELD TRIPS
Field trips are open to all members of associated clubs of the DMC program of the SFMS Field Trip Committee and to all members of SFMS member clubs who have provided their membership with SFMS liability insurance. Because of insurance requirements, members of the GENERAL PUBLIC are NOT invited on any DMC program field trips.

 

Here are some photos taken at past field trips:


Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Nantahala Talc and Limestone Quarry
Nov. 10, 2007
Lowell at Little Pine, May 2006
Judy collecting garnets at Little Pine, May 2006
Martina looking for Kyanite, June 2005
Glenden, April 2006
Glenden, April 2006
Glenden, April 2006
Glenden, April 2006
Bob O'Brien Bob O'Brien strikes it rich at the Thermal City Gold Mine.

S.A.M.S. family hunting for quartz crystals.
S.A.M.S. Family

Sharing finds at Lake Douglas.
Lake Douglas

A prized smokey quartz crystal from Lake Douglas.
Lake Douglas Quartz

Digging for rubies & sapphires in the red dirt of Propst Farm.
Propst Farm

Lowell Presnell, proud of the hole he has dug.
Lowell in hole



Illustration with text from LIVING FOSSILS by Anne L. Parker. Used by permission of Dr. James P. Parker.