Friday, February 15, 2008

Final weekend of 2008 Tucson Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show

Beautiful Arizona petrified wood that seems to have grown out of the ground
Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
Spring 2007, Copyright reserved, LivingPlanet

As the 2008 Tucson Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show heads to its final weekend tomorrow, there are dark clouds forming. The first is the Tucson Weekly article by Tim Vanderpool on the hesitance of the U.S. federal government to take up sale offers by landowners of lands of achaeological, geological, and environmental significance. Of urgency are lands near or adjacent to the Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona.

I heard over the radio that the 2009 Tucson Show might see some 10 shows canceled because of the looming economic difficulties.

Don't forget to catch two related awesome events this weekend:

The mineral event of the year, the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society's 2008 "Minerals of the USA" show.

The Arizona State Museum's exhibit on the entitled: Set in Stone: 2000 Years of Gem and Mineral Trade in the Southwest

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