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MBMG Calendars through the years

Sapphires, sapphires, sapphires

For over two and a half decades the MBMG has produced wall calendars featuring different aspects of Montana's scenery and culture. As our calendars evolved, a geologic description, an area history, and interesting facts were added to the back of the calendar.

We are always looking for great photos, sketches, and ideas for our calendar, so if you have any photos with interesting geologic facts, send them along and maybe they will become part of our calendar collection.


This year's calendar is of Capitol Rock in eastern Montana, one of ten National Natural Landmarks in Montana. Capitol Rock is so named for its resemblance to the U.S. Capitol Building. The nearby town of Capitol was established in the 1880s, and the area is known for some spectacular fossil finds, some housed at the Carter County Museum.

Most of Capitol Rock is Arikaree Formation, light-colored, volcanic-ash-rich sandstone or quartize deposited millions of years after dinosaur extinction. Its resistance to erosion has left it as a caprock, creating the distinctive shapes and preserving the underlying rock.

 

Photo by Chuck Haney, © All Rights Reserved.  www.chuckhaney.com

1987 calendar

 

1987 Tranquil Falls — Marias Pass,
northwestern Montana

 

Eye of the needle, 1988 calendar

1988 "Eye of the Needle," along the Missouri River, downstream from Fort Benton, Montana

Rocky Mountain Front near Augusta

1989 "From the Mountains to the
Prairies" — Rocky Mountain
front near Augusta

Dublin Gulch, Butte Montana

1990 "Richest Hill on Earth"—
Dublin Gulch, Butte, Montana
(circa, 1910 — © Diane Nugent,1989)

Citaadel Rock

1992 "Citadel Rock"— Fort Benton, Montana (The Far West steaming toward Fort Benton, © G. R. Lucy,1872)

Square Butte— A cowboy and his Friends, Charles M. Russell

1991 "Square Butte", — west of Great
Falls
( A Cowboy and his Friends,
© C.M. Russell,1922)

Age of Dinosaures. Monty Dolack

1993 "Age of Dinosaurs" Cretaceous
Period - 80 Million years ago
(© Monte Dolack)

Mount Gould, Glacier National Park

1994 " Mount Gould" —
Glacier National Park
(© Larry Ulrich)

Gold dredge on Grasshopper Creek  at Bannack

1995 "Gold Dredging on
Grasshopper Creek at Bannack"
(circa 1898– © Diane Nugent, 1994)

Chinese

1996 " Chinese Wall"
— Bob Marshall Wilderness

(© Rick Graetz)

1997

1997 "Jerusalem Rocks" — Montana's badlands, north and west of
Shelby, Montana
(© Baub Kyle)

1998

1998 "Madison Range" —
southwestern Montana

(© David E. Lageson)

Big Horn Canyon 1999

1999 " Bighorn Canyon" — view looking south of the Ok-a-beh area,
(© Salvatore Vaspolli )

Pompey's Pillar

2000 " Pompey's Pillar" — Yellowstone
River
(© Teresa Donato,1999)

Crazy Mountain

2001 "Crazy Mountain" — south-central
Montana, north of Livingston
(© John Lambing)

Birdtai Butte

2002 " Birdtail Butte" — a natural
landmark southwest of Great Falls
(© John Lambing)

 Flathead River and Mission Range

2003 "Flathead River and Mission Range" — western Montana
(© John Lambing)

Hoodoo's

2004 "Hoodoos"— in the Greybull sandstone, due west of Pryor, Montana (©David Lopez)

Jefferson River Canyon

2005 "Jefferson River Canyon" —
southeast of Cardwell, Montana
(© Pete Norbeck)

Rainbow Falls, Great Falls Montana

2006 "Rainbow Falls" — Great Falls,
Montana"
(© Pete Norbeck)

Makoshika Sta Park

2007 "Makoshika State Park"— south
of Glendive, Montana
(© Diane Hargreaves –2006 )

Berkely Pit

2008 "Berkeley Pit" — Butte, Montana
(© Pete Norbeck)

Blackleaf Canyon

2009 " Blackleaf Canyon"— the Madison limestone (© C. Hanley-2008)

2010 Calendar

2010 "Chief Mountain" — Glacier National Park 100th Anniversary
(© Marc Adamus)

2011 Calendar, White Cliffs

2011 "The White Cliffs of the Missouri" — a stretch along the Missouri River
of bluffs
(© Wayne Mumford )

2012 calendar - Beaverhead Range

2012 "Beaverhead Range" — these peaks are the highest and most rugged in the chain of mountains that forms the Idaho–Montana border ( © Jeff Lonn )

Sapphires, sapphires, sapphires 2013 "Montana Sapphires"—first
reported discovery of sapphires
in the U.S. was in 1865

Gem circle ©Tino Hammid, courtesy of
Robert Kane of American Sapphire Company.