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ziggycardon posted a topic in Micro-paleontologyHi, a few days ago I went on my first ever fossil hunting trip to Eben-Emael, a Limestone quarry in Belgium that dates to the Maastrichtian and is part from the type location (the historical ENCI quarry being only a 3,5 km to the north. The trip was orginized by the BVP (Belgische Vereniging voor Paleontologie) and a short report of the trip with phot's and some of the finds can be found in this topic by @Manticocerasman who I was lucky enough to tag along with, cause I doubt I would have found many mention worthy fossils without the guidance of Kevin. But since I am into microfossils I decided to collect some samples of the limestone without the obvious fossils home to later be able to look for microfossils as it should be quite rich. I think I have around 1 - 3 kg of matrix left to look for microfossils. But I have never myself dissolved matrix, and although it seems easy, I don't want to make any mistakes. During the trip they advised me on two different approaches, depending on what kind of fossils I wanted to find. One approach was dissolving in water and the other in vinegar, but now the seeming obvious question. How exactly do I do that? Should I just take a bucket of a glass, fill it halfway with said liquids and just wait? Or should I use a sieve and lay the block there so only fossils remain in the sieve and the rest goes to the buttom. Does the limestone just dissolve or does some kind of putty residu where the microfossils will be in? If so, how to properly remove the fossils when you pour out the liquids without pouring out the fossils? I know I have many questions and some might be very obvious and straigh-forward, but I really haven't done this before and I would like to do it the right way from start. So thanks in advance for any tips & tricks, I would really appreciate any help!
Today @Natalie81 and I went on a field trip with our geology club to the quarry of Eben-Emael In Belgium. We were over 50 participants today an I had the oportunity to meet aan other TFF member @ziggycardon This location is not far from the stratotype in Maastricht in the Netherlands and a multitude of fossils can be found in the marls and chalks. We had a slow start, but after searching through scree piles I found a small and a big sea urchin, and later on a few belemnites. Natalie hadn't got much luck at the start of the prospection, but she did eventually find the find of the day: a fragment of a turtle shell ( Allopleuron hofmanni ) with a few verts in association. We did have a great day and Ziggycardon had also his bag full of fossils and a great first fossil fieldtrip. the quarry: Maastrichtian marl ( formation of Emael ) Ziggy in action Natalie's turtle fragment: Home with the finds: A quick cleanup of the big sea urchin: Hemipneustes stratoradiatus