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by Robert Pedersen

The-Dana System of Mineralogy is a system where minerals are identifed, locations in the world, properties etc. of every know mineral.

One of our club members, Robert "Bob" Pedersen has taken the Dana system and updated it. He has added the new minerals each year since 1995, about 100 new minerals a year for the past 15 years and included them in an Excel file called X-Dana
He has given permission to put the file on our website for all to use and download.

This is a wonderful addition and he continues to add the new minerals yearly to X-Dana

You can open the file with Microsoft Excel or get a program from Open
Click on the above file to view or download.

Show Information 2022 
2023 photo to be posted soon or check Mohave County Gemstoners Facebook page

Kingman Academy Of Learning 
3420 North Burbank Ave 
Kingman, AZ 86409 

Rockhounding 101

1st Aid Kit-Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. Cactus, sharp rocks, stinging or biting bugs are constant.
Spare Tire-Always have a regular spare tire, aired up, and the tools to change it.
Full Tank-Always start the Field Trip with a full tank of gas. Most of our day trips will leave some in the case of emergencies.
Food & Water-Always have water, at least a gal. Bring something to eat or snack on, you know your needs better than anyone.
Know your Heat Tolerance-Know your limits, do not go by someone else's abilities or limitations in the heat.
4WD- Always assume you will need 4WD and good clearance. Most of the places we go are off road, through sandy washes and up rocky inclines. Dealerships do not always outfit your 4WD vehicle with good off-road tires, check that your tires can bear the weight of a loaded vehicle over pointy rocks.​ We can never garrentee that the road-unless paved- will be passable, even with 4WD. The roads are subject to change everytime it rains. 
NOTIFY TRIP LEADER if you are going to leave the group. Do not leave this to others. The trip leader is responsible for everyone on the outing.
Tools for Collecting:
Rock hammer, Chisel, small Shovel, Saftey GogglesA hammer is paramount. A regular hammer will work, but, the preferred tool is a rock hammer with a striking face on one side and a pick on the other. Estwing is a tried and true brand. A chisel is important, and in a pinch, a sturdy screwdriver will do the job. A small shovel is not necessary, but can come in handy. Depending on how much effort you want to exert a full size shovel is good, a regular pick is handy, and a good long pry bar, pointed on one end and flattened on the other, can really be useful. Safety goggles can save your eyes from the chips that fly off of the rock you are beating.
Bucket or Bag- A 5gl or 2gl bucket will work, a bag or an old backpack is easier to carry. Just know what you can handle and do not rely on others to pack your rocks back to your vehicle.
Spray Bottle-This is very handy to see what you just picked or dug up. It is also good for a quick cool down, clean your hands, etc.
Hat & Gloves-The hat can provide shade for your face and block the sun from your eyes as you search for rocks. A good pair of leather gloves will prevent small cuts and abrasions, cushion the blow of a hammer or chisel, and help eliminate blisters and splinters.
Fun Facts to Know and Tell:
Never lay your hammer (or anything else) down and walk away from it with the thought you will find it again. Painting part of it with a loud neon color will let people know it is yours when they come across it. 
Don't pile "your" rocks and walk away. On the rare chance you locate the spot again, your rocks may not be there. No one is going to take them on purpose, but things look different in nature to others. Someone will think they just "lucked" onto a great find. When your bucket or bag is full, go and empty it and then return to collecting.
A whistle can be a life saver. It can summon others or help locate a stray.
Always be at least 10 minutes early to departure time at Field Trips. If the stated time is 7, be there at 6:45. This is the time to sign in and any last minute changes or info is given at this time. Always know who the Trip Leader is.
Print from your computer, fill out form, mail to address on top of form. 
This page was last updated: May 27, 2023
Next Meeting:  June 13 2023 
Meeting Time:  General Meeting: 6:30 PM
                           Board Meeting: 5:00 PM
 Place:   1776 Airway Senior Center Kingman AZ

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May 25 After Show Meeting: committee members and Show volunteers. Meet at Denny's on Andy Divine in the truck stop 1:00 pm Thursday.
May 28 Sunday Burro Creek Meet at Basha's LEAVE at 7 am
arrive early. Material expected to find: pastelite, purple agate, common opal. Four-wheel high clearance a must. Contact Daina for more info. (425)268-9983

June 3 Saturday Club After Show social. Centennial Park 11 am northwest side, across from library. Bring a chair, drinks Pizza provided. 

June 10
 Big Wash. Leave from Power House at 7 am (come early) Call about Gary Bolles, trip leader to see if 2 or 4 wheel is needed. (928)9741 home.

June 24 Saturday DoeBell Ranch Leave 6 am from Basha's. This will a long day. Petrified wood material (approx. $45/bucket).
July 6 Field Trip planning meeting. 2:00 Daina & Jeff's home. Contact Daina for more info. (425) 268-9983

July 8 Saturday Kingman Museum at the Powerhouse. Time and details TBA. Social Time at McCalloum park after.....bring your own lunch and chair. 

July 22 Kokoweef Mine. Time and details TBA

August 12 Lava Tubes Details TBA

August 26 Lake Havasu City Museum with “bring-your-lunch, drink, and chair at the State Park (under a pavilion/shade) safe swimming/wading along the lake. 

September 9 Dino Valley Mohave Valley area. Details TBA

September 23 Red Cloud Mine 
Details TBA

Remember all times are LEAVE times. Please come early for potty trips, saying hi to others and signing the “liability form.