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Nick Venti, post-doc with the Massachusetts Geological Survey,  counting pebbles on Horseneck Beach in Westport

Paleozoic diabase on Calf Island with Great Brewster Island in background, Boston Harbor 

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The first Annual Massachusetts Geological Society Field Trip took place on July 18, 2015.  A limited number of copies of the Field Guide for the trip are available for $10.  Please email us at for information on how to obtain a copy.

Update from the Inaugural Meeting --

The inaugural meeting of the Massachusetts Geological Society was held on June 4, 2015, at the offices of AECOM in Chelmsford, MA.  We had a great turnout, with approximately 60 people in attendance!    

(Please click here for more information and a few pictures.)

2016 Spring Field Trip to the Quabbin -- A Resounding Success!!

On May 14, 2016, Dr. Peter Robinson, professor emeritus from the University of Massachusetts and chief compiler of the central Massachusetts portion of the statewide bedrock geologic map of Massachusetts, led a once-in-a-lifetime field trip into the Quabbin Reservoir and surrounding area to view the spectacular rocks of central Massachusetts -- just for the Massachusetts Geological Society!  It was a great opportunity to view rocks that are seldom seen and be provided with an explanation of their relationship to each other and to other rocks in the region.

The weather conditions were absolutely ideal, and the opportunity to view the Quabbin Reservoir from rarely seen perspectives was a great addition to the geology story.  Dr. Robinson was assisted by Dr. Kurt Hollocher from Union College, and Massachusetts State Geologist, Dr. Steve Mabee, who helped compile the field guide for the trip.

Photos from the field trip are available by clicking here.

Copies of the Field Guide are available for $10. Please email us at for information on how to obtain a copy.

The Program Committee is seeking input to help with planning events for Fall 2020.  Please click here for a copy of the feedback form.

2016 Annual Membership Meeting!

Dr. Jack Ridge from Tufts University was the keynote speaker at the 2016 Annual Membership meeting on December 14, 2016, at the Berlin 1870 Town Hall in Berlin, MA.  The title of the presentation was "€œThe Deglaciation of New England and its Relation to Climate: The Fusion of Varves, Radiocarbon Ages, Paleomagnetism, Cosmogenic-Nuclide Exposure Dating, and Critters in Lakes." An abstract of the talk is available by clicking here.

We hope to see you on the Cape Cod field trip in Spring 2021!!

Unfortunately, due to the uncertainty regarding COVID19 and the ban on groups larger than 10 people, the Massachusetts Geological Society Steering Committee has decided that we have little choice but to cancel the Cape Cod field trip planned for May 29th to 31st. While very disappointing, we think this is the right decision at this time. However, we fully intend to reschedule the field trip for next spring. Look for announcements starting next winter.

If you have ideas for meeting topics or venues after things return to normal, including events on a local or regional scale, please email us at

In the meantime, stay safe and healthy!

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