The Mineralogical Society of Southern California

954th Meeting

Friday, March 9,  2018 at 7:30

Program: Continental Drift/ Plate Tectonics

Presented by Walton Wright

Pasadena City College,

Geology Department,

E-Building, Room 220

1570 E Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

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: Continental Drift/ Plate Tectonics: Presented by Walton Wright

Walt Wright is the foremost authority on the identification of Petrified Wood in the United States. In this program, he discusses how petrified wood helps in understanding plate tectonics and continental drift.

He wrote a chapter on the Triassic Chinle Formation on fossil woods in 2002, the “Secrets of Petrified Plants” in both English and German. When asked about his degrees, he sort of chuckled and said he had some, but that they were not that important, so we would just assume that he has quite a few.

His recent study is Fossil Tree Ferns out of Argentina first discovered and reported in the Southern hemisphere which was published in Review of Paleobotany & Paleontology Journal. He is presently working in Utah describing new species of seed ferns from Queensland, Australia.

Upcoming Events

  • March 25th MSSC Board Meeting at the Carter residence
  • April 13th- Pete Goetz: American Opal Society
  • May: 11th-Tony and Sandie Fender: “50 Unusual Things in the Mojave”
  • June-8th- The Webers
  • July 13th-Chuck Howser

The MSSC is pleased to offer:

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