• What we'll do
In a private meeting room one the second floor of the world class Keck mineralogy museum (https://www.unr.edu/keck) our own rock star, Marvin Katz, will give us a deeper look (than last year) of how geologists identify and classify rocks by mineral content and formation processes in three DIFFERENT two hour sessions. Mr. Katz's career path as a professional geologist spanned several different industries including oil, environmental and mining, but his easy going casual style connects perfectly with our members. Every two hours a different classification/type of rock will be covered per the schedule below. In between you can walk back down stairs to get a guided tour of the W. M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum from Garrett Baremore, the museum curator. This is Nevada's oldest geology museum and this is the way to see it!! Seating is extremely limited for each rock talk, so any RSVP after the first 30 is strictly on a space available basis! Seating will be by order of RSVP received for each session you specify. If you can't get a seat in the room, you can still take the museum tour at 11 AM or 1:30 PM. In any case we recommend you sign up for Baremore's Mineral Monday at the website above! This museum has never charged for admission and we are not even paying for the early access or the meeting room, or the group tour, so I would ask for generosity as we stroll by their donation box during the tours.
• What to bring
Notebook, hand lens (loupe), pen and a donation for the museum. Maybe a protein bar if you're missing breakfast, but definitely a sack lunch if you're doing both morning and afternoon sessions.
• Important to know
There will be three different sessions, one for each type of rock so you must indicate which session(s) you will attend (by start time) as space is limited to 30 in each and this event totally booked out twice a year ago when we had one third our present membership!! The sessions are as follows;
9 AM to 11 AM IGNEOUS (formerly melted) rocks
11:30 to 1:30 SEDIMENTARY (formerly "mud") rocks
2:00 to 4:00 METAMORPHIC (a.k.a. "mushed") rocks