Fluorescent California Exploration

New Fluorescent Mineral Discovery UV Galleries

I personally discovered all of the minerals shown here.

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NEW in 2017: 2-Color Fluorite UV Gallery



NEW: Fluorescent Mineral Large Poster Gallery



Fluorescent California Exploration

 2011 discoveries

Fluorescent minerals of San Diego County, California

 April, 2013 new discovery

Fluorescent minerals of Tecopa, Inyo County, California




Fluorescent minerals of the Green Witch deposit, Shadow Hills, San Bernardino County, California





Fluorescent Minerals of Darwin, Inyo County, California

Trip report




Fluorescent minerals of the Fluorite-Feldspar mine, near Blythe, Riverside County, California

with partial trip report



Imperial Barite Mine, near Blythe, Imperial County, California

Trip report






Fluorescent Safari 2010 - 2011















Welcome to the SCFMS

Southern California chapter, Fluorescent Mineral Society

The Southern California chapter's leadership of the FMS ended in early 2012. Now that we are no longer responsible for running the entire worldwide Society we can make a new beginning. Organizing the first FMS chapter website is one way Southern California can continue to make a contribution.


SCFMS chapter activities:

1) Creating a current SCFMS roster

2) Creating SCFMS website and web interface with FMS site

3) Organize a SCFMS chapter-wide meeting


Dave Stuck

SCFMS Chapter Leader

contact email:

 dstuck@uvminerals.org  davidstuck@hotmail.com

The SCFMS welcomes your suggestions.



FMS members in Southern California 'look at rocks"

 Viewing of the Rocks in Woodland Hills, CA, March 2012

From left: FMS members Dave Stuck (So. Calif Chapter Leader), Jim Horste (event host), Jan Wittenberg, Graham Fraser (Australia). The viewing party had finally settled down when this pic was taken. "Viewings" are the high-point of our year, a chance to get together to socialize and strategize. They occur roughly twice a year. Many of the rocks on the table came from Puttapa in Australia which Graham discovered. This was the 2nd year that we had Graham at Jim's post-Tucson "Viewing".



Corby Waste's African fluorescent collection traveled out of our region for "show and tell" at the Northern Calif. FMS meeting, March, 2012, in Newark, California.




Potential 2012 Field Trips:

Chalcedony in the Turtle Mountains, Riverside County (Turtle Trek 2012)



San Diego Pegmatites

Cargo Muchacho Mts - Pichacho Peak area

Greenhorn Mountains

Boron - yearly field trip allows access

Searles Lake - yearly field trip allows access


Potential special events for SCFMS members:

Coso Hot Springs - visits can be arranged (see here )

The Coso Volcanic Field is one of the most seismically active regions in the United States.

Coso Mountains Petroglyphs tour - see here


Some trips may have restricted access but some may welcome other FMS members. Inquiries welcome.








 Future field trip report additions:

 Ophir Mine  San Diego Pegmatites
 Greenhorn Mountains  Lead Mountain
 Calico Hills  Pacoima Canyon
 Rush Creek  Cascade Canyon
 Ord Mountain  Palos Verde
 Mountain Pass  Searles Lake
 White Knob Quarry  Desert View
 Boron   Crestmore Quarry
San Luis Obispo  New Method Mine + Bristol Dry Lake, Amboy


 Herb Yeates sites:

Princess Pat

Fourth of July mine, Pichacho Peak

Benitoite Gem Mine



 The Glow Lab


Need help with mineral ID?

Fluorescent mystery minerals?


Let's post them here, preferably with pics and try to find some answers


Southern California Fluorescent Highlight






Desert Danger in the News

Missing Man Found Dead; Second Recovering  March 29, 2012


Desert Survival Tip #1

"Cactus is our friend"

- from Midnight at the Oasis, by Maria Muldaur, 1974




 Southern California Mining Heritage

Saline-to-Owens-Valley Tramway - arguably the most audacious So. Calif. mining scheme ever. It's an unbelievable true story.



 Southern California chapter, FMS history




 Meet Rod Burroughs, past FMS President

Corby Waste's first meeting with the late Dr. Rod Burroughs in 1992. That was when he first joined the FMS and founded the Northern California Region and became it's first Regional VP. In honor of the special occassion he wore my Miskatonic University Geology Department shirt. In 1998 he gave up my VP job when he moved to Southern California for his mission artist job at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL).





Tom Warren's last field trip, Feb. 1994, near Benson, Arizona. He was in his '90's. That's Corby Waste on the right. Tom was responsible for the portable UV lamps that are used today. Collecting fluoresent minerals largely developed as a hobby due to his efforts and support. He was the founder and president of UVP, Ultra Violet Products. He is wearing a fluorescent mineral sweatshirt in the picture. It felt very special meeting and collecting with the man who could be called "the father of fluorescent mineral collecting". I don't know for a fact that this was his last field trip but that's what we think. He had macular degeneration and really couldn't collect that day but he did enjoy getting out into the field as he did so often in his younger days.

Visit the Thomas S. Warren Museum of Fluorescence in New Jersey

 Museum website


The SCFMS page is being created and maintained by Corby Waste, past Board Member at Large, Southern California Chapter



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