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  1. Herrick on Herrick

    "Our laboratory was the geologic wonderland of New Mexico; our problems anything and everything which the face of that remarkable region presents to the student of earth history. The lecture platform was one end of the wagon seat, the shaded ground under a juniper tree, or the ragged wall of an igneous dyke. My student's desk was the other end of the wagon seat, a rock in the shade, or the bank of some arroyo. The hours were from daylight till long after dark, the discussion endless, and the themes were notebooks filled by the shifting light of the campfire. Under the stars of New Mexico's matchless sky I listened to a great man discuss evolution, magmatic segregation, stream erosion, and as the dying fire sunk to glowing embers and the stars shone more brightly I listened while the scintillating mind strayed into those fields of psychology and philosophy he loved so well, and heard him expound the principles of dynamic monism." -Douglas Johnson (field assistant) Clarence Luther Herrick: Pioneer Naturalist, Teacher, and Psychobiologist
  2. Geologists matching rocks from opposite sides of the globe have found that part of Australia was once attached to North America 1.7 billion years ago. Article https://amp.livescience.com/61490-chunk-of-north-america-in-australia.html?__twitter_impression=true Paper pay walled https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/gsa/geology/article-abstract/526080/laurentian-crust-in-northeast-australia?redirectedFrom=fulltext
  3. Trilobase Users question

    Hey Trilobase Users. Finally, decided it was time to seriously address cateloguing my fossil collection. I just started using the Trilobase program, so I'm still on a learning curve. So far I like many of its features, however, the Geologic Section for the Collection Site information does not seem to have a designated spot for including the site's geologic formation. Since the geologic formation is important information for a fossil specimen, this seems to be an oversight. I'm curious how you users have dealt with this issue? Please let me know what you have done to resolve this issue. Thanks
  4. Hello, I am a student at Centralia Community College working on an identification / analysis of fossils from the Clarkia Formation. I was wondering if anyone here has worked on this formation? If so, do you have any advice on how to properly set the sediment they are in to limit breakage/crumbling? Thank you! ~ AQM
  5. NC during the Pleistocene

    I'm curious as to what North Carolina was like during the Pleistocene. Does anyone know if there are any references specifically addressing this time period for NC or the Southeast? It is my understanding NC was not covered by glaciers. Is there any reason why Pleistocene aged fossils could not be found in most areas of the state? Any information or resources would be appreciated.
  6. So today Ive went down to the bay that I was planning to find fossils in for awhile, only to come back empty handed (I couldnt reach any of the shale quarries and just decided that its layers are too flat to house fossils anyways). Being a Palos Verdean, There are small pockets of quarries which are generaly unprotected by preserves (usually alongside roads, sometimes beaches). Palos Verdes has a rich history of Miocene-Quarternary fossils, but much of the fossiliferous zones are protected by preserves. Because I cant really go far just to find fossils, I can only hunt in the small pockets I can find. Ive studied some geological maps and do know where the according-to-theory fossiliferous shale are, I just dont know how exactly to find fossils without destroying the place and getting under a legal flat. Are there any tips and tricks for this kind of fossiling?
  7. NC & VA Rivers

    Can anyone explain why the majority of rivers in NE NC and SE VA have most of their high banks/ bluffs on the southern (right) sides? And please let me know if I have that wrong and they're not skewed that way.....but it does seem like that. Thanks.
  8. Apps for the Fossil Hunter

    I've been wondering if anyone on the forum has a favorite App or Apps they've found useful in searching for fossils? I haven't been able to locate any apps that focus on mapping your location in relation to underlying bedrock data, and it got me curious. Thanks! Have a good weekend!
  9. Hey all, I've recently caught the "fossil bug", and I have been looking at geologic maps online to help determine potential hunting locations. Is anyone aware of an exhaustive website, book, etc. that labels stratigraphy? If not, what do y'all use to determine the age of certain locations/formations? Any advice is appreciated! Thanks, Caleb
  10. For anyone who finds themselves up to the challenge of fossil hunting in Massachusetts/New England I have a couple of very informative books to recommend. These books are also relevant for anyone hunting in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Fossils can be hard to find here in Northeastern USA so it pays off to do your homework! I've met both of the authors of these books and they're definitely experts on the local geology/paleontology. Happy Trails! Title: Carboniferous Plant Fossils of North Attleboro, Massachusetts Author: Steve Emma Description: An in depth guide to the Pennsylvanian aged plant fossils that can be found in the Narragansett Bay area. This area includes southern Massachusetts and much of Rhode Island. Title: Windows into the Jurassic World Author: Nicholas G. McDonald Description: An in depth look at the Jurassic aged geology and fossils found in the Connecticut River Valley area which extends from Western Massachusetts down through Connecticut.
  11. Dear TTF Members, I was wondering if you experts on the forum could provide a more in depth explanation of time periods such as the Mesozoic Era and what kinds of creatures dwelled at these times. I would like to learn more about the evolutionary timeline to help me become a better fossil enthusiast and helper in this forums' community. Sincerely,
  12. If you could spare a few minutes then please read the description for the wonderfully apt title for the book below. " Chrissie and the fossil tree " https://depositsmag.com/2017/03/28/chrissie-and-the-fossil-tree/
  13. Career in paleontology.

    *Looking for some advice from paleologists and/or geologists* I am thinking about going back to school. I dropped out of college 10 years ago because I was never quite sure what I wanted to do. I have taken a lot of course hours, but I do not have a degree since I basically took anything that interested me. Now that I am 30 and a bit more stable, I would love to go back. I am extremely interested in paleontology, but I know that it requires a lot of school, and it isn't easy. From the small amount of research I did, it seems like most paleontologists do their undergraduate degree in either biology/geology. I would love to hear advice from anyone who has either done or looked into doing this. I live in Florida, so I am thinking UF might be the best choice, but I am also wanting to look into doing as many online courses as possible. Thanks in advance!
  14. Deposits Magazine

    Deposits Magazine is quite a popular read here in the UK. And I can thoroughly recommend it to all aspiring fossil and mineral collectors. The Magazine on Fossils, Geology & Minerals. Deposits is both a printed and online magazine featuring articles by high profile authors. I hope to help on a article in the magazine some time in 2017. As I continue on my self educated journey. Utilising my free lessons of advice here on TFF. https://depositsmag.com/
  15. This is GREAT info for fossil hunters in the "tricounty" area around Charleston! http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2013/1030/
  16. The Geology of Cuba

    Iturralde-Vinent, M. A., A. GarcĂ­a-Casco, Y. Rojas-Agramonte, J. A. Proenza, J. B. Murphy, and R. J. Stern, 2916, The geology of Cuba: A brief overview and synthesis. GSA Today. Vol. 26, no. 10, pp. 4-10. http://www.geosociety.org/gsatoday/archive/26/10/article/i1052-5173-26-10-4.htm http://www.geosociety.org/gsatoday/archive/26/10/pdf/i1052-5173-26-10-4.pdf Travels in Geology: Journeying through Cuba's geology and Culture by Debra Hanneman, Earth Magazine, July, 2013 http://www.earthmagazine.org/article/travels-geology-journeying-through-cubas-geology-and-culture Yours, Paul H.
  17. Geological mapping question

    I am having trouble figuring out a geology mapping problem. The problem is "Slickensides Oligoshain Formation pitch 60 degrees N on a fault oriented at 335 degrees, 60 W. What is the plunge of the slickensides". I kept getting arctan of 1.5 as my answer, but the answer key disagrees. Any help would be appreciated.
  18. Stumbled on this today. Dated 1936 but has some great info in it about time periods and shore lines with relative elevations. PDF format. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&ved=0ahUKEwi92tatsvXMAhVKaT4KHanOAHMQFgg1MAM&url=https%3A%2F%2Fpubs.usgs.gov%2Fbul%2F0867%2Freport.pdf&usg=AFQjCNHJWSf2eOZOiDbN9Ow2rqkMe5vxaQ&sig2=mfMXvhHbqU1RQtOcJaoPjw&cad=rja
  19. Does anyone know where I can get my hands on a decent stratigraphic wall map of North America? Or a stratigraphic atlas of the United States? I've seen very pretty ones, but I can't find one that is commercially available. Thanks in advance!
  20. Over Christmas, my husband and I visited and photographed the Orton Geological Museum in Columbus, OH. It's a small, single-room museum in the geology building of Ohio State University. It's well worth visiting! My photoset is a compilation of four different photo sessions, one from my first visit in 2010, the other three on different visits during this trip. If you want to know which visit a given photo is from, look at the image title: my format is a picture number, a photoset letter, and an image description. The 'a' set are from 2010, the rest from 2015. Where I had multiple images, I chose the best one to post here. I'll start with some views of the geology building, Orton Hall. It was purpose-built in the early 1890s to house the geology collections and library, out of Ohio stone and clay. The tower houses a set of bells to ring the hours, and is ornamented with a lot of gargoyles: More building pictures next. Unfortunately, my photos are too large to include more than a few of them in a single post, and my image compression software doesn't have an option for another 50% reduction.
  21. Almost there! Over 270 pages of full color fossils from the Pennsylvanian of North Texas The long-awaited sequel to the Pennsylvanian Fossils of North Texas (2003) Available Q4 2015 in hardcopy, digital and e-reader formats.
  22. I still carry my trusty Geologic Map of New Mexico, tucked inside my gazatteer, right next to the BLM use maps. But this... ...mapView:Geologic Maps of the Nation... ...has been a wonderful prospecting tool. You can overlay geology onto road, topo and satellite imagery! Fossils, look out!...explorers are on the way. Happy Hunting! -P.
  23. This was totally spontaneous and done as we moved through the project. My only suggestion if anyone else wants to do it is get your ingredients for a legit cake or brownie recipe first and use the flour for your initial glacier project... the texture of our "creation" was not very cake-like, but it was good nonetheless. http://fossilforay.blogspot.com/2015/06/a-fun-and-yummy-way-to-show-kids-geology.html
  24. While looking for some of our crystaline finds from a trip to Rose Creek Mine (Franklin, NC) my 12 yr old, Duncan, found he had what I believe is fossilized coral. I've searched the web and it seems to be a correct guess - any corrections greatly appreciated! Struggling with a migraine but the best I can seem to find is that Rose Creek Mine is in the Blue Ridge Belt. NC Geological Survey Map has it labeled as Biotite Gneiss with pegmatites interspersed. The pegmatities are shown to be from the Devonian to Silurian periods 390-435 mya.The biotite gneiss are shown to be within the Ashe Metamorphic Suite and the Tallulah Falls Formation. This is a decent map of the area around the GA/SC/NC/TN mountains showing the geologic formations. So what I've learning while searching for information on this fossil is that the area was once part of the sea between Laurentia and Gondwana (info). When Laurentia and Gondwana began to collide to form Pangea, that is when the Appalachian Mountains were born. Learned tons looking up this one fossil! Love it! About to school the kids on it now. Again, if I've made any errors in my research, please let me know. Thanks!
  25. Hey there! I know I know, I've been missing in action for the past few months. Work and Field work kept me busy. But I've now am taking the time to update my blog, and sharing some of my recent adventures. This one is not so much of a fossil hunting trip, but of discovery on fossil history in New Brunswick. A few weekends ago I went for a day trip to Saint John to meet up with my friend Matt at the New Brunswick Museum's Steinhammer Lab. He's currently doing a stint at the research facility and I couldn't resist, desperately wanting to tour this historic place. This building was the original New Brunswick Museum until it needed more space to accommodate a growing collection. In the 1990s, the exhibition displays found a new home downtown (Market Street area), but most of its collection (closed to the public) was kept at the original building on Douglas Avenue. This museum is considered Canada's oldest, housing collections dating back to its first proprietor, Abraham Gesner. The influence of the Steinhammer Club, comprised of geologists from the area and abroad, was pivotal in the history of Geology across the globe. They founded the Natural History Society of New Brunswick, and from there the contributions to science have been crucial to the advancement of several fields. I had also wanted to meet up again with Dr. Randall Miller, curator of the collections and museum, but he was currently out of town. I arrived at the old museum in one piece after dodging a hellish traffic and weird road designs. Beautiful city, crappy roads. Matt making sure Steve is hard at work I got to the museum and after talking to the wonderful staff, I met up with Matt and one other friend, Steve. Steve is an amazing fella and will keep you on your toes. They were in the middle of taking specimens collected in recent field work (a couple that I've participated in) and offered to lend a hand. We unloaded the material to the lab, and headed out for a bite to eat. After parting ways with Steve as he headed back to Fredericton, we proceeded in taking a tour of the Steinhammer Palaeontology Lab. I didn't take any pictures as Randy wasn't around and didn't want to take any just in case he didn't approve. Going through the collection, I've seen some incredible representations of various paleobiological and paleobotanical specimens, including many type specimens. Trilobites, which a cast of one of the biggest I've ever seen barely fit in the collection cabinet. Eurypterids, or sea scorpions, that could give you nightmares, were the size of your average family dog. Fish, bones, and even the remains of a wooly mammoth (Mastodon) graced the collection. This animal was collected from the Hillsborough area, near where I live. The tusks were incredible to behold. Walking through the halls, it was easy to get lost amidst the many artifacts laying around, beckoning, hungry for your attention. Even going to the washrooms you have to pass a wall of jars, each filled with animals living, and extinct. One doesn't linger too long in the bathroom let me tell ya. Also among the specimens at the lab were the many trackways that we collected, waiting to be analyzed and studied. Seeing specimens that you helped bring up in the light of day and residing in this place was quite a special feeling. As the day winded down, me and Matt chatted about the importance of keeping collections together, and the crucial role that these play. Every effort must be made to help save these as they help us understand our past and help dictate a future most rich. Our friend Margaret arrived near the end of my stay. As we said our goodbyes, I felt that it was imperative that I participate in the discovery and safekeeping of fossils, and to contribute in the advancement in the fields surrounding those of paleontology and biology. That is why I love geology, as it makes me have an intimate rapport with science, to which I love and am passionate to no end. To understand and comprehend, wonder even for what nature has left in our path, often hidden, for us to uncover and rediscover. Cheers! - Keenan Saint John River, view from behind the museum