Cacoxenite and Quartz, Image Credit: Lori Carter
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American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS)
The Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies (SFMS) is federation of rock, gem, mineral, fossil, and lapidary societies, but it is also part of a federation of federations - the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies (AFMS). The AFMS consists of seven regional federations. It helps coordinate the regional federations, provides a central repository for contest rules, develops and provides programs to support juniors (children), has an endowment fund to finance scholarships, and helps promote conservation and legislation for the entire rockhound community. The AFMS is also a source of practical information for rockhounds and rockhound clubs.
The SFMS joined the AFMS in 1993.
Links to Other Regional Federations
The American Federation of Mineralogical Societies is composed of seven regional organizations of rock, gem, mineral, fossil, and lapidary societies. Click below to visit regional federation websites:
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Cacoxenite and Quartz
The fluffy yellow balls are cacoxenite, and the red crystals are quartz coated with iron. Each little ball is approximately 3mm diameter. This specimen was collected on a club field trip in South Carolina.
Image Credit: Lori Carter