March 9 2018 speaker:

Eric J. Orlowski found a job right out of college at The Chazen Companies. At Chazen, he helps to develop and protect clean water supplies and re mediate impacted properties. He is an avid outdoors man and is involved with the Knights of Columbus and the Mid-Hudson Valley Gem and Mineral Society. In 2016 he received a Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce 40 Under 40 Shaker Award.

From his site:

Hi, my name is Eric and I'm a mineral-holic.

All kidding aside, I am very much a rockhound and have been since a young age. My first collecting trip was a Cub Scout outing to the Herkimer Diamond Mine at age 7 and I haven't looked back since. I grew up in Scotia, New York and spent much of my childhood exploring the Adirondacks. My parents are both avid outdoor enthusiasts, enjoying hiking, skiing, fishing, sailing and more. As a result, I spent a lot of time in nature and grew to love it myself. As a youth, collected at many New York localities, including Gore Mountain, Lewis, Ravena, Newcomb, Tahawus, various Herkimer Diamond locations and others.

After high school, I studied Geology at SUNY Plattsburgh, earned my degree and went to work for The Chazen Companies as an environmental consultant. Over my 9+ years in that field, I've learned much about the geology of the Hudson Valley and Catskills. Since joining the Mid-Hudson Gem and Mineral Society in 2008, I've had opportunity to collect in almost every state in the Northeast as well as going to the Bancroft, Ontario area twice.

My interest in mineral photography was first kindled by fellow MHVGMS member Carolyn Reynard. A mineral photographer herself, Carolyn gave me some advice and suggestions and I began to build my home studio and experiment with photographing through a microscope. Initially, I only worked with material in my own collection to refine my art and build a catalog of images. Now, I'm ready to share my art and work with others who'd like to see a different side of their collections. I invite you to browse my store, and if you have questions or would like to submit a specimen for photographing, please contact me!

In addition to photography, I'm also something of a carpenter (a skill learned from my father) and I offer a line of collecting and display equipment. Most pieces are custom-made to order and I'm happy to work up a quote any time.

Eric’s Photography site:

Uses of Zeolites:

Zeolites are widely used as ion-exchange beds in domestic and commercial water purification, softening, and other applications. In chemistry, zeolites are used to separate molecules (only molecules of certain sizes and shapes can pass through), and as traps for molecules so they can be analyzed.
Zeolites are also widely used as catalysts and sorbents. Their well-defined pore structure and adjustable acidity make them highly active in a large variety of reactions.
Zeolites have the potential of providing precise and specific separation of gases, including the removal of H2O, CO2 and SO2 from low-grade natural gas streams. Other separations include noble gases, N2, O2, freon and formaldehyde.
On-board oxygen generating systems (OBOGS) and Oxygen concentrators use zeolites in conjunction with pressure swing adsorption to remove nitrogen from compressed air in order to supply oxygen for aircrews at high altitudes, as well as home and portable oxygen supplies.
The Zeolites are a popular group of minerals for collectors and an important group of minerals for industrial and other purposes. They combine rarity, beauty, complexity and unique crystal habits. Typically forming in the cavities (or vesicles) of volcanic rocks, zeolites are the result of very low grade metamorphism. Some form from just subtle amounts of heat and pressure and can just barely be called metamorphic while others are found in obviously metamorphic regimes. Zeolite crystals have been grown on board the space shuttle and are undergoing extensive research into their formation and unique properties.