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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.)
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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.
After the weekend of collecting in Aurora, we had another field trip on the drive back. Gary, Paul, Lorraine and I visited George Powell in his home in Falls Church, VA off the Washington Beltway. George is known for his prolific fossil collecting, and renowned for his rare discovery and documentation of a complete set of teeth from an extinct adult white shark (all from the same shark), found in the Lee Creek mines of Aurora, NC. He made castings of this "associated dentition", and donated the original set to the Smithsonian Institute.
George spoke at one of our meetings a few years ago, and is slated for another visit in 2003. After spending a few hours at his house, I came away not only impressed by such a fine collection, but grateful to have had a chance to meet such a wonderful human. George is warm, generous, intelligent, and humble. Perhaps his great attitude towards life has been a factor in beating the cancer that has derailed him over the past year. (See the rest of the story in the George Powell section of Photos)