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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to have a large rock collection to join the GMSVP? No, In fact many members join the club with no collection at all. You only need an interest in geology.
Will I feel embarrassed if I don't know much about rocks and minerals? Not at all. We have members with all levels of experience and education.
Are kids welcome? Of course. Well behaved children are always welcome. We even have a special program called "Pebble Pups" just for kids.
Is it expensive to belong to the club? Hardly. We think it is the best deal in town. Dues are $25 per year (January to January) for the first adult in a family, $15 for additional adults and $10 for "Rock Stars" under 18 years and $5 for "Pebble Pups" up to 10 years. Most field trips are free except for transportation.
What is a Geode? A Geode is a rock formation combining minerals to produce hollowed-out rock that have crystal linings on the inside. Sometimes the Geode just contains layers of minerals and is solid inside. It could take a long time to form a Geode. The crystal Geodes start their lives as a hollow bubble inside a layer of rock. The bubble could be from air inside explosive volcanic rock or it could come from the hollow remains of animal burrows or tree roots. There are several pictures of a what a Geode looks like on the GMSVP website.