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Hunting for Dakota Sandstone Leaves part II

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Yesterday (Saturday, Aug. 22nd), I went fossil hunting in Ellsworth County, Kansas again for elusive Dakota Sandstone leaves and unfortunately it's mostly a bust, just like the previous trip. Despite that, I enjoyed the scenery and found some odd rocks and few fossils from new sites.

 

A new site produced a few small plates containing woody and plant material fragments. I decided not to keep them.

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Closer views...

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Remember that interesting sandstone from the previous trip? I regretted for not taking it home so I took another opportunity and revisited the old site to get that rock! The back of this rock is quite smooth and flat, I think it would be great to have it hang up on the wall, but I'm actually not sure how I will display it. Looking at it is like reading a 3D map! It's the only object I brought home from this trip.

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It's peaceful out there and the views of the Smoky Hills never gets old. 

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...continued on the next post.

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At the next roadcut, there are many cool and odd looking rocks. I do not know what sort of geologic process led to their odd shapes and colors. I wonder if some is potentially a fossil. 

 

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Closer view...

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Closer view...

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This shiny black object on this rock reminds me of tar or enamel. I'll post a separate topic in ID section later.

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Closer view...

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Same rock but at different angle...

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Closer view...

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Wonderfully purple stained sandstone!

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...continued on the next post.

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