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#1 harpo568

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:06 PM

I have the opportunity to dig through some exposed shale in rural Shelby co. near the Kaskaskia River south of Lake Shelbyville any time I would like. I know there are several small very old coal pits in the area and I have found coal bits on the river bank when I have been down there. what I am hoping somene can answer is...is it worth the time to spend the day digging through the shale in that area for fossils? I don't know much about the geology of the area so I thought I would ask.
I've been down there once looking for a couple of pieces for a rock garden but didn't spend much time and wasn't looking for fossils then.
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Posted 11 October 2012 - 11:20 PM

I would give it a shot, what do you have to lose, even if you find nothing, at least you get a day outdoors and some good exercise.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 04:58 AM

Without looking at a map, I'd agree with Scylla.

You might find some siderite nodules in that shale.

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:36 AM

I agree give it a shot, you never know what might be exposed along the stream there in the shale, siderite might have fossils, maybe if shale is not too weatherd and such some plants in shale if it overlies/near one of the coal beds.

#5 harpo568

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Posted 12 October 2012 - 09:43 AM

thanks! I'll give it a shot in the next couple of weeks if I can. and I will post whatever I find.
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Posted 21 November 2012 - 12:06 PM

Did you ever make it to the place, and did you find anything?

#7 harpo568

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:46 PM

not yet. wound up with a clod, then flu, then pneumonia. now it's just too cold...I'ts not going anywhere so I am just going to wait until spring.
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#8 harpo568

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Posted 16 January 2013 - 01:48 PM

ummm cold...felt like a clod though.lol.
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Posted 20 January 2013 - 08:16 AM

Well Harpo, if you need a hunting companion just give me a holler. I'd be happy to join you. :D And if you ever find yourself in northern Il. and want to hunt fossils let me know. I'd be happy to join you, or at least give you directions to sites you can hunt.

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#10 harpo568

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Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:50 AM

Rob that would be great and much appreciated! we would really like to do some hunting in Northern Il. come spring...Mazonia Braidwood is the only site I know we can hunt so any help would be great and the more the merrier.
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