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  1. About 3 years ago I was walking along the dunes by the river, across from Farewell Bend State park on the Idaho side. I noticed that there was what looked to be an abnormal amount of crystallized and glassy material, conglomerates, basalt and lots of sand. The sand can be explained by the presence of mud volcanos and hydrothermal vents that can be seen in satellite photos. My premature analysis and imagination were wild with fantasy. The samples I was collecting were like nothing I've ever seen. I knew something was up, but there were and are, still more questions to answer. Idaho Falls sits at ~4700ft above sea level. Farewell Bend is ~2300ft. Making the Treasure Valley of Idaho a 340mi basin that becomes a bottleneck at Farewell Bend, which would explain the accumulation and abnormal variety of material. I have always been good to pay attention to the composition of the soil and rock in my environment. Usually the material is pretty consistent, but I've seen nothing like the variety that is here. Traveling upriver deposits of glacial stone are evident in the bends of the river, indicating ice jams that built up on the tips of islands. The stones are always upriver of the islands. About 30mi to the Northwest is a very large cement plant run by the largest cement manufacturer in the nation, Ash Grove. I'm still working on understanding the erosion and possibility of run-off and river flows changing the route in which the Treasure Valley drains. The Idaho State Fossil is the Hagerman Horse, which is from an abnormal collection. "Ultimately five nearly complete skeletons, more than 100 skulls, and forty-eight lower jaws as well as numerous isolated bones were found." (wikipedia) There are a few theories as to how the bones made it there is such large numbers. One theory being that they were swept up in a flash flood, ~3.5mya. My own personal theory is if the horses could have been herded by the Native peoples and eaten. The more I look into it though, I see that it is more likely that this is not an isolated event. The deposits in the Hagerman beds may have been, but the odd numbers of bones vs. complete skeletons points at dismembered animals in my opinion. Just as this flash flood 3.5mya could have wiped out the Hagerman Horse, so too could have the human population that would have been very likely to have populated the Treasure Valley region in much larger numbers than we currently understand. Further passed Farewell Bend the Snake River winds into Hells Canyon. The Hells Canyon is the deepest gorge on the North American Continent. Which, to me, says a couple of things. #1 Must be the oldest, Orrrrr #2 Must have had the most aggressive run off which carved it deeper than the Grand Canyon. These are questions will be investigated further as my collection of maps and topographics grows. I am working on understanding what allowed the formation of valleys and plains through the Treasure/Magic Valley ranges, and the lower elevations from the Blue Mountains north to the Cascade range which also has the not so mountainous regions that, by the tectonics in the area, should not exist like they do. Ancient inland seas are what I am looking at currently. Satellite photographs seem to suggest there was a drainage that went to the south and I believe that there were more salts in the waters in these Idaho waters. Which looks to have drained towards Salt Lake. This easily could have been via aquifer, or by displacement from meteoric impact. There has been some problem with correlation because "~" timelines are a bit loose when it comes to lining up events. For instance, the flood that apparently killed the horses in the Hagerman beds was ~3.5mya. Geologists seem to like this ~3my marker for some reason. Same with this is the 12,000 - 15,000ya mentions, some reports mention that the abrupt end to the last Ice Age was ~12-15,000ya. Which, only really gives me direction to look into whether or not, and how the end of this ice age caused the flooding and debris to completely chew up the fossil record and make it incredible hard to identify locations and patterns in events. The "quaternary" deposits at Farewell Bend do and do not make sense. So, while the standard may be to look at a USGS map of deposits to determine what minerals and fossils might be where, it becomes a problem in Idaho because by the elevation drop and the likely age of the Snake River, literally every single time period "should" be represented in the deposits that have accumulated at Farewell Bend. Though, they might just fit somehow in the corresponding periods of deposits, but will need to be given a new description for how the periods are represented in these constantly modified deposits. Suevite chucks, Still working on getting the equipment to make slices. Recommendations I need to head back to the site to take photos of the large suevite boulders that are very clearly ejecta from an impact. Where the top of the boulder is exposed and shattered from weathering. The boulders have a mix of glass, crystal, concretions and stones showing shock induced spallation. The "eggs" previously hypothesized are likely to be shock induced spallation, still wondering how that may occur in an egg though. If an egg were to be fossilized prior to the shock, what would the effects be? Picture showing glass on concretion from suevite boulder. The glass inclusion shattered when chipping it free from the suevite. Part two of this post will be more photos that show the variety of samples collected. It is taking me quite a while to set all of this up. I plan for this to be a regularly updated post. Please, if anyone has any feedback or wisdom, please by all means, I'm here for correction in this critical analysis. One of my favorite things in learning is to be wrong, because that means my autistic thought process has investigated why it's not right, even if I don't know it yet. Suggestions, regarding missing considerations or needed analysis, please school me. I find it difficult to manage my tangents at times. Cited: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hagerman_horse (web, 2018) https://www.britannica.com/place/Hagerman-Fossil-Beds-National-Monument (web, 2018)
  2. Rock w/ interesting features.

    This is about 1.5" long. It was found in Westchester ny. It seems to have some fossil marks, but the holes make me wonder if it is lava rock. I think meteors are much smoother and heavier, and no fossils.
  3. Hey all. I'm a long time meteorite collector but have decided to shift over to the fossil world at the moment. I have several hundred meteorites I would be willing to trade, and I'm looking for any North American dino material, preferably theropod. Also would be interested in spiny trilos. For those just looking for something cool, I have several lunar and martian specimens available. I also have several very nice HEDs (from the asteroid 4 Vesta) and other asteroidal achondrites, plus some interesting chondrites. Now, if you haven't collected meteorites before, you might think "come on Connor, how the heck do you know those are actual meteorites?" Well, most of the specimens I have are classified and come directly from the owners or otherwise very reputable dealers. And how can you check this? Just look at the MetBull (https://www.lpi.usra.edu/meteor/), which is a database of information on every single classified meteorite in the world. Quite different than the fossil world! Here's a few photos of specimens I have available. I have plenty others so if you're interested in anything in particular, just let me know. \
  4. Found this in a field around Quihi, TX. The object imbedded in the stone is what we always called a meteorite. Some of these 'meteorites' I have collected are grapeshot, most about this size. I don't know what it is, but it is solidly imbedded into the stone from what may have been a hard impact as from a projectile or, falling from the sky. Any ideas? Is it cool?
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    From the album Meteorites

    Various meteorites
  6. Mysterious slabs of...?

    Hello guys. I'm very new in fossil collection. Not so long ago I purchased a box with stones, meteorites and fossils at garage sale. Now I'm trying my best to ID what is what. Can you please help me to identify those cross section slabs I posted on photos. Size of bigger slab is 82mm (3.2inch), thickness is 6.6mm (0.26inch). It has distinctive pattern of spiral "oncolite stromatolite dots". All sort of suggestions will be very helpful. Unfortunately no information was left by previous owner of that box. Cheers
  7. I know this is a fossil site but i was hoping someone here may have came across something like this before and may have some info to pass on. i found this near fenton, mi near a old tree while tilling. It was a little over 20 inches deep. it is almost perfectly round very very smooth and heavy and extremely hard. When hit by my tiller it got no damage only damaged my tiller. The tiller left metalic marks on the stone. i have since used my different things to try to scratch it with no luck. everything i use just just damaged. the item weighs around 41.7 grams
  8. Mississippi Meteorite

    From the album Most of my collection

    Collected by my father while metal detecting around a bluff in the Purvis/Hattisburg area. This side still shows excellent fusion-crust. About 2 feet in the ground.
  9. Mississippi Meteorite

    From the album Most of my collection

    Collected by my father while metal detecting around a bluff in the Purvis/Hattisburg area, about 2 feet below ground. This side was cleaned a bit by him to see what it was.
  10. I've just arrived back from a weeks holiday and to my delight there was a lovely gift from Carmine (Xonenine) sitting on my doorstep. I opened the parcel instantly, and was astounded with the variety and beauty of the specimens that Carmine had kindly sent to me. These are the beautiful curios that I was presented with... Elredgeops rana. Eldredgeops rana. The information about these specimens was provided by Carmine - Mid Devonian, Windom Shale, Moscow Formation, Section 8 - 18 Mile Creek, Hamburg, NY. A Meteorite. An interesting bottle. Interesting Micro-fossils from Hamburg, NY. Finally, some wonderful Micros from Lee Creek (more detailed photos up close to follow...). Perhaps someone could aid me with identification of the small tooth? As you can see, I was overjoyed with the specimens; and the fact that there was such a vast variety made it all the more sweet! I'd just like to publicly say thank you to Carmine for his generous gift! Joe
  11. Meteorite-Related Fossils

    Talking of meteorites (thanks for showing, 'xonenine'), I thought you might like to see these meteorite-related fossils. They’re not much as fossil specimens go, but they are a bit special for other reasons. They came from limestone in the region of Nordlingen in Germany. The town sits in the floor of a meteoritic impact crater identified by Shoemaker & Chao around 1960. It’s known as the Ries impact structure, and originally measured about 15 miles across, although it is now heavily eroded. The shock wave from the impact reverberated through the limestone bedrock in the area around 15 million years ago, creating shattered fossils like these. There has then been enough time for them to re-fossilise in this shattered form, recording the impact event as a frozen moment in time. There’s nothing significant or recognisable left of the meteorite itself, but at “ground zero”, streams of molten rock and sand-rich soil created by the impact fused into glass, were hurled up into the atmosphere and fell back, cooling as they went. Most of the material fell in what is now the Czech Republic in the valley of the Vltava River as blobs of green glassy material known as “moldavite”, like this specimen: Roger
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