The Mineralogical Society of Southern California

959th Meeting


August, 12th, 2018 — 12.00 Noon to 4:30 P.M.

 MSSC Annual Picnic

Bruce and Kathy Carter’s House

About us…

The Mineralogical Society of Southern California is dedicated to the dissemination of a general knowledge of the mineralogical and related earth sciences through the study and collecting of mineral specimens. Organized in 1931, it is the oldest mineralogical society in the western United States.
The MSSC is a scientific non-profit organization that actively supports the Pasadena City College Geology Department, its associated Dana Club,, and the Field Science Scholarship Fund. Support is also given to the San Bernardino County Museum of Natural History and Mindat.
The MSSC is affiliated with the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies and American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.


About the Program: Annual Picnic and Silent Auction

Please RSVP by Tuesday, August 7, 2018.  It’s really important that everyone planning to attend (MSSC Members and Guests) bring food items and RSVP. Please send your RSVP and what you will bring to: or call Rudy Lopez 626-351-6283.


Speaker Bio

Chuck Houser is a geologist and project manager with SCS Engineers in San Diego.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree from San Diego State University from 1986, and a Master’s degree from SDSU from 1997.  His undergraduate thesis was on structural controls and mineralogical indicators for the formation of pockets in the Elizabeth R Mine in Pala, and his master’s thesis was on the tectonic geomorphology and Quaternary history of the Old Woman Springs fault in the western Mojave Desert in San Bernardino County.

Upcoming Events

  • September 14: Eric Scerri: What is This Thing Called Science (An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science).
  • September 16: Board Meeting at Bruce Carter’s house
  • October 12: Aaron Celestian:  “Halophiles in Minerals”
  • November 9: Renee Newman: “21st Century Jade: Why It’s Prized, and How It’s Tested and Valued?”

The MSSC is pleased to offer:

X-Dana Mineral Spreadsheet

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