The last full day of field work dawned beautifully.Continue reading
The morning started out brilliantly, with some great fossil finds.Continue reading
Today I continued my mission to collect *all* the fossil soils.
And I found some, but not before my visit to Fantasy Canyon.
Today’s plan was developed with the day’s forecast in mind: ridiculously hot and sunny (but a dry heat, right?).
We started in the morning at a locality we hadn’t been to before and spent two hours finding nothing (in the way of fossils), until we stumbled upon this lovely fossil horse.Continue reading
This morning was spent looking for fossil soils low in the Uinta Formation. No shock, but we didn’t find any.
We did, however find a creepy scarecrow of sorts…
Today was our weekly “town” day, which means we got showers last night and the day today to re-stock for another week in the field.
It was also coincidentally the 4th of July, which is kind of a big deal in the United States.
There was a parade. Here are some highlights: Continue reading
The past two days have been all about soils Paleosols. Fossil soils.
Soils, as they develop, often concentrate calcium carbonate (calcite) nodules as they mature. These paleosol carbonates preserve geochemical evidence for ancient climate and vegetation, so when I find these little nodules, I collect them for analysis.
So, while my friends dig for bones, I walk about and find nodules wherever I can.
Paleosols can be lovely…
I didn’t post last night because I was tired. But now this morning I have some energy, so I will post about yesterday.
Yesterday was my first day in the field in the Uinta Basin this year. We decided, just for giggles, to bop down to a rock unit lower than our study area because there are abundant leaves and bugs and other things to be seen. The unit is called the Green River Formation, and is famous elsewhere for yielding beautiful fish fossils.
The past three days, I’ve caught myself in a wireless signal vacuum, which is why I’m only now writing something.
Two days ago (day 3, for those counting), I drove through the rest of Nebraska and into Wyoming until my stopping point at the Virginian Hotel in Medicine Bow, Wyoming. There I met up with colleagues and spent the evening drinking beers and talking about the Paleocene-Eocene Boundary. Continue reading