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Tues., Feb. 6, 10:30 a.m., USGS Rocky Mountain Science Seminar, Building 25 Lecture Hall, Denver Federal Center, “Volcanic crisis at Agung Volcano, Indonesia: the role of VDAP/USGS”, by Heather Wright, USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory.

Thurs., Feb. 8, 4:00 p.m., Van Tuyl Lecture at Colorado School of Mines, “Petroleum Systems Analysis in the Alpine Foreland Basin”, by Reinhard Sachsenhofer, Montan Universitat Leoben, Berthoud Hall, room 241.

Fri.-Sat., Feb. 9-10, Volcanoes, the Failures of the Gods, and the Collapses of Empires: The 6th Century CE. A symposium at CU-Boulder, Benson Earth Sciences Building, Room 180. Free and open to the public. For event details and an RSVP for free registration, see https://goo.gl/sycMyW .

Sat., Feb. 10, 4:00 p.m., “Finding Darwin” with Michon Scott -- science writer, web designer, and proprietor of strangescience.net -- at the Secular Hub's Darwin Day event, at the Secular Hub, 3100 Downing St. #C, Denver. The event is free and open to the public. See https://www.secularhub.org/. " 'You care for nothing but shooting, dogs, and rat-catching, and you will be a disgrace to yourself and all your family,' Charles Darwin's dad once told him. Darwin failed to become a doctor, but he succeeded in changing how we see life on Earth. Darwin developed the theory central to understanding biology, all the while trying to live down the reputation of his quirky, libertine grandfather. Michon Scott will share her experiences as she traced the presence of Charles Darwin on some of the Galapagos Islands and in England, and will also talk about evolution, Charles Darwin’s life, and his grandfather Erasmus Darwin."-- Glenn Branch, Deputy Director, National Center for Science Education (NCSE).

Tues., Feb. 13, 5:30 p.m., at the monthly meeting of the Rocky Mountain Map Society, “The 100 Most Revolutionary Discoveries in the Field of Geography”, by Dr. Joseph Kerski, Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri). Denver Public Library, 5th Floor, Gates Room ; free and open to the public.

Tues., Feb. 13, 7:00 p.m., Kick-off presentation in a new Speakers’ Bureau Lecture Series at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry, Colorado Springs: WMMI’s former curator, Larry Frank Jr. will discuss his book, Colorado’s Great Depression Gold Rush: The Oliver Twist Tunnel. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., lecture 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.; $5 admission, WMMI museum members admitted free. Please RSVP by calling 719-488-0880 or emailing rsvp@wmmi.org.

Thurs., Feb. 15, 4:00 p.m., Van Tuyl Lecture at Colorado School of Mines, “Landscape Evolution of the Rocky Mountain Cordillera: New Insights from Integrated Geologic Datasets”, by Theresa Schwartz, Research Square; Berthoud Hall, room 241.

Thurs., Feb. 15, 7:00 p.m., Colorado Scientific Society meeting, “In the Footsteps of Darwin” by Rob Wesson, and "How the 1859 gold rush put Colorado on the Map" by Wesley Brown. At Shepherd of the Hills Church, 11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood CO; social time begins at 6:30; all are welcome.

Fri., Feb. 16, 1:30 p.m., Denver Museum of Nature & Science Earth Sciences Colloquium, “Modeling growth rates in trilobites”, by Melanie Hopkins, American Museum of Natural History. VIP Room, DMNS.

Tues., Feb. 20, 10:30 a.m., USGS Rocky Mountain Science Seminar, Building 25 Lecture Hall, Denver Federal Center, “Oxygen isotope fractionation in the CaCO3-DIC-H2O system”, by Jim Watkins, Univ. of Oregon.

Fri-Sat-Sun, Feb. 23-25, Denver Gem and Mineral Guild, Jewelry, Gem, and Mineral Show. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Exhibits Building, 15200 W. 6th Ave. Golden CO; 10-6 Fri. & Sat., 10-5 Sun.; free parking and admission

Thurs., Mar. 1, 4:00 p.m., Van Tuyl Lecture at Colorado School of Mines, “Record of sediment transport from the Himalayan-sourced Ganges-Brahmaputra Rivers to the deepsea Bengal fan: 18 Myr of fan deposition from detrital zircons”, by Mike Blum, Department of Geology, University of Kansas; Berthoud Hall, room 241.

Thurs., Mar. 1, 7:00 p.m., First Thursday lecture series of the Friends of the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, The Boulder County Tungsten District and its History, by Ed Raines, Collections Manager, CSM Museum. Location TBA.

Tues., Mar. 6, 10:30 a.m., USGS Rocky Mountain Science Seminar, Building 25 Lecture Hall, Denver Federal Center, “Replacement, metasomatism dynamics, and the blind spot of geochemists”, by Enrique Merino, Indiana Univ.

Thurs., Mar. 8, 4:00 p.m., Van Tuyl Lecture at Colorado School of Mines, “Meeting the challenges of the world’s growing dependence on groundwater”, by Bill Alley, United States Geological Survey & National Groundwater Association; Berthoud Hall, room 241.

Thurs., Mar. 8, 7:30 p.m. Friends of Mineralogy, Colorado Chapter, bimonthly meeting, at Lakewood Event Center,7864 W. Jewell Ave. “Mineral Species and Occurrences of the Swiss Alpine Clefts”, by Brent Lockhart, of Houston, TX. Alpine-cleft minerals occur in open fissures within tectonically deformed igneous or metamorphic host rocks, in the Alps as well as many other mountain belts worldwide. They are noted for quartz (smoky and “rock crystal”), adularia, fluorite, titanite, anatase, hematite, magnetite, chlorite, axinite, and many other minerals.

Tues., Mar. 13, 7:00 p.m., Speakers’ Bureau Lecture at the Western Museum of Mining & Industry, Colorado Springs, “Cripple Creek High Grading: The Untold Stories”, by Steve Veatch, Geoscientist and Geoscience Educator, and Ben Elick, WMMI and Middle School student, Douglas County School District. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., lecture 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.; $5 admission, WMMI museum members admitted free. Please RSVP by calling 719-488-0880 or emailing rsvp@wmmi.org.

Mon., Mar. 19, 3:00 p.m., Denver Museum of Nature & Science Earth Sciences Colloquium, “Floral responses to global environmental change: the end-Permian biotic crisis”, by Cindy Looy, UC-Berkeley. VIP Room, DMNS.

Tues., Mar. 20, 10:30 a.m., USGS Rocky Mountain Science Seminar, Building 25 Lecture Hall, Denver Federal Center, “Great megathrust earthquakes in Alaska”, by Rich Briggs, USGS, Golden CO.

Mar 23-25, Fort Collins Rockhound Club Gem & Mineral Show, at The Ranch/Larimer County Fairgrounds, Thomas M. McKee 4-H Building, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland, CO (I-25 exit 259, Crossroads Blvd; 4-8 p.m. Fri, 9-6 Sat., 10-5 Sun.)

Thur., Mar. 15, 7:00 p.m. March Colorado Scientific Society meeting. Earthquakes and the public, by David Wald, USGS, plus a 2nd speaker and talk, TBA.

Tues, Mar. 27, 3:00 p.m., Denver Museum of Nature & Science Earth Sciences Colloquium, “Origins of life: Why did only Earth succeed?”, by Ramon Brasser, Tokyo Tech., & Steve Mojzsis, CU Boulder. VIP Room, DMNS.

Tues., Apr. 3, 10:30 a.m., USGS Rocky Mountain Science Seminar, Building 25 Lecture Hall, Denver Federal Center, “Three ways to evaluate how well we know the carbon cycle”, by Mary Whelan, Carnegie Instit./Stanford.

Fri.-Sat.-Sun., April 13-15, Colorado Mineral & Fossil Spring Show, Crowne Plaza Hotel DIA, 15500 E 40th Ave., Denver CO. Free admission; hours 9-6 Fri. & Sat., 10-5 Sun.

Sat., Apr. 14, Denver 2018 March for Science; see http://marchforsciencedenver.org/ .

Thur., Apr. 18, 7:00 p.m., April Colorado Scientific Society meeting, a pair of talks on The role of the USGS and the Colorado Geological Survey; by Eugene (Buddy) Schweig, Director, USGS Geosciences and Environmental Change Science Center, and Karen Berry, Director and State Geologist, Colorado Geological Survey.

Wed., Apr. 25 [tentative date], Robert Hazen, of the Carnegie Institution of Washington, will give a talk at CSM on Mineral Evolution and Mineral Ecology. Details will be available later.

Thurs., May 3, 7:00 p.m., First Thursday lecture series of the Friends of the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, The Colorado-Wyoming State Line Kimberlite District, by Philip Persson.

Tues., May 8 (tentative date, to be confirmed), annual Emmons Lecture sponsored by the Colorado Scientific Society, Climate and biology, perspectives from the Paleocene/Eocene transition in the Bighorn Basin; implications for today, by Will Clyde, University of New Hampshire.

Thurs., May 10, 7:30 p.m., Friends of Mineralogy, Colorado Chapter, bimonthly meeting, at Lakewood Event Center,7864 W. Jewell Ave.: Five Days on Xuebaoding Mountain, Sichuan Province, China: minerals and geology”, by Markus Raschke. Xuebaoding is a mining area in central China, seldom visited by westerners, that has produced many fine specimens of orange scheelite (often on a matrix of muscovite crystals), beryl (aquamarine and goshenite), cassiterite, and numerous other minerals. Markus is a Professor in the Physics and Chemistry Departments at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Sun., June 17, will be the date of the once-yearly Geology Train on the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Antonito, CO. See their website, http://cumbrestoltec.com/ .

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For more lecture series during the year see:

Colorado Café Scientifique in Denver, monthly lectures on science topics held either at Blake Street Station or Brooklyn’s, Denver; open to the public, no charge other than refreshments you may choose to purchase; see http://cafescicolorado.org/ .

Colorado Scientific Society (Lakewood, monthly meetings, usu.3rd Thurs., Sept.-May), http://coloscisoc.org/ .

CU Geological Science Colloquium (Wednesdays, 4 p.m.) see http://www.colorado.edu/geologicalsciences/colloquium

CSU Dept. of Geoscience Seminars (Fridays, 4 p.m.), see https://warnercnr.colostate.edu/geosciences/geosciences-seminar-series/

Van Tuyl Lecture Series, Colorado School of Mines, (Thursdays, 4 p.m.):  https://geology.mines.edu/events-calendar/lectures/

Denver Mining Club (Mondays, 11:30), see http://www.denverminingclub.org/

Denver Region Exploration Geologists Society (DREGS; 1st Monday, 7 p.m.), http://www.dregs.org/index.html

Florissant Scientific Society (FSS); meets monthly in various Front Range locations for a lecture or field trip; meeting locations vary, normally on Sundays at noon; all interested persons are welcome to attend the meetings and trips; see http://www.fss-co.org/ for details and schedules.

Friends of Dinosaur Ridge, Morrison, CO, periodic public lectures & events, and “Dinosaur Discovery Day” public tours on one Saturday per month, May-October. See http://www.dinoridge.org/ .

Rocky Mountain Map Society (RMMS; Denver Public Library, Gates Room, 3rd Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.), http://rmmaps.org/

Rocky Mountain Micromineral Association, http://rocky-mountain-micromineral-association.com/  (RMMA; 2nd Sunday of most months, 2 p.m., in conference room across hall from CSM Geology Museum)

Western Interior Paleontology Society (WIPS; Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 1st Monday, 7 p.m.), http://westernpaleo.org/ .


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ONGOING EVENTS:

Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum The museum is at 1310 Maple St. (corner of 13th and Maple Streets) on the CSM campus, Golden, and is well worth a visit at any time; daily hours are 9-4 Mon. through Sat., 1-4 Sundays. The beautiful new museum at the Colorado School of Mines is one of the treasures of our state’s legacy. Filled with fabulous mineral, ore, and fossil specimens, the collection has been amassed since the earliest days of the Territorial School of Mines in the 1870s. "Did you know?", "Evaluation of specimens is performed between 10 a.m. and noon, Tuesdays through Thursdays." If you have a mystery rock/mineral specimen that has always puzzled you, considering bringing it to show them at these times.

Thanks to Peter J. Modreski for keeping us up to date!

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