Writer Ed Winbourne
Photos by Nancy Gallegher and Ed Winbourne
What do you do when you have an interest in geology, gems, minerals or rocks, or just want to understand how the mountains were formed, why some are tilted, or why mesas have flat tops? Do you buy a book, take a class, or join a club if there is one in your area?
Lucky for those of us in the North Valley a club exits where you can go on field trips to collect geodes, garnets, Apache tears and amethyst as well as learn about Arizona’s geologic history. That club is the Daisy Mountain Rock and Mineral Club (DMRMC).
At the club’s monthly meetings, members hear presentations from retired geologists who are club members, as well as from graduate students and professors from ASU. In addition to professional speakers, a number of knowledgeable hobbyists with experience in everything from gold prospecting to rock swapping share what they have learned. Anyone can join the club, and like current members Dan Janko, Ginny...