2015 Super Science Saturday
New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08625. More info.

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Meeting Location -- Centenary United Methodist Church in Berlin, NJ. Come early (7:15 pm) for coffee and snacks. Google map of location (See written directions below.)

Sterling Hill Images
Sterling Hill 2007 & 2008


The Delaware Valley Earth Science Society, Inc., a non-profit organization, was founded in 1956 and incorporated in the State of New Jersey in 1957. The Society promotes interest, knowledge, and the development of skills in the earth sciences. These interests include mineralogy, Paleontology, lapidary arts, archeology, and location preservation. The society supports the conservation of natural resources, advocates the availability of collecting sites, and maintains close contact with those in the academic field.

The Society meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Centenary United Methodist Church at 151 S White Horse Pike, Berlin, NJ 08009. Google map of location. Directions: If you are traveling east on the White Horse Pike (Rt. 30), in the middle of town, you'll pass the Diner and a food mart on your left, followed by a couple of white buildings, then the church is on your left (white with red front doors). Look for a square white steeple tower. There is a one-way driveway on each side of the church - the entrance driveway is on the right side of the church. The Education Bldg. is behind the church. Either park on the side and use the doors in the front (come up one flight of stairs), or park in the back to use the door in the rear.

Meetings start promptly at 7:30 p.m. with the main program followed by the business portion, and conclude around 10 p.m. Meetings are open to the general public.

Mud cast
This was an interesting find. It was a hard clod of mud with a crack that revealed what looked like an edge of a shell. I gently pried it apart, and it contained a perfect casting of a shell imprint. In other words, a shell was there once, then went away, leaving an imprint of its outside. Mud came along and buried the imprint. Everything hardened up until I found it. The half on the left is convex, the half on the right is concave. How old it? Maybe a year, or maybe ten thousand. It was a fun find, even though it is not rock. (See the rest of the story in the Aurora Nov. 2002 section of Photos)