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ESCONI Braceville Shaft Mine Trip 5-18-19

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Tidgy's Dad

Jolly good show, Sir! :)

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Nimravis
46 minutes ago, Tidgy's Dad said:

Jolly good show, Sir! :)

Thanks Adam, I think it might be pouring on them now, it is like a monsoon where I am, and I did not think rain was coming until tomorrow. It will be a mess to walk out of there today.

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Tidgy's Dad
1 minute ago, Nimravis said:

Thanks Adam, I think it might be pouring on them now, it is like a monsoon where I am, and I did not think rain was coming until tomorrow. It will be a mess to walk out of there today.

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Darktooth

Looks like quite a crew! Hopefully everyone left with something nice!

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Mark Kmiecik
15 minutes ago, Darktooth said:

Looks like quite a crew! Hopefully everyone left with something nice!

Ralph supplied six buckets of goodies and normally other members of the club bring some too. You could close your eyes and just grope around and go home with fossils. Also, back when I was a member, I noticed that the novice collectors would head for the "easy" finds immediately which gave me more time to find nodules on the spoil pile that had been recently exposed. 

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Nimravis
1 hour ago, Darktooth said:

Looks like quite a crew! Hopefully everyone left with something nice!

I guarantee that they found concretions and with the amount of stuff that was dumped by members, they also left with fossils.

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Nimravis
51 minutes ago, Mark Kmiecik said:

other members of the club bring some too

Yes others brought buckets to dump.

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Nimravis
52 minutes ago, Mark Kmiecik said:

gave me more time to find nodules on the spoil pile that had been recently exposed

That is the way to do it.

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deutscheben

How generous! I know it's always nice for beginners to see visible, identifiable fossils, since Mazon Creek concretions usually only offer a delayed reward. It's also helpful for folks to see examples of what they should be looking for. 

 

Unfortunately I had prior plans this weekend, so I couldn't make it up. Hopefully I will be there for the fall trip. 

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gieserguy

How many of these trips a year does ESCONI host?

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gieserguy
1 minute ago, gieserguy said:

How many of these trips a year does ESCONI host?

I’ve been meaning to join for far too long and I think I’ll finally do it tomorrow (or this week at some point)

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42 minutes ago, gieserguy said:

I’ve been meaning to join for far too long and I think I’ll finally do it tomorrow (or this week at some point)

We have 2 day trips in the Spring and the Fall.  Come on out! Everyone had a great time.  I will put an announcement here in the Fall, which is usually the second weekend in September.

 

Cheers,

Rich

 

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Ralph,

 

Thank you for the great material.  It's was greatly appreciated and I know it helped make the day for many of the people involved!  We dumped your buckets along with another 6 or 7 buckets.  Everyone brought home fossils!

 

We are doing this again tomorrow.  It is supposed to rain, but hopefully it will hold off until the end.  It started raining today around 2 and a few of us got a little wet...

 

I'll post a few pictures tomorrow.  I need to get some sleep tonight!

 

Cheers,

Rich

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Nimravis
29 minutes ago, stats said:

Ralph,

 

Thank you for the great material.  It's was greatly appreciated and I know it helped make the day for many of the people involved!  We dumped your buckets along with another 6 or 7 buckets.  Everyone brought home fossils!

 

We are doing this again tomorrow.  It is supposed to rain, but hopefully it will hold off until the end.  It started raining today around 2 and a few of us got a little wet...

 

I'll post a few pictures tomorrow.  I need to get some sleep tonight!

 

Cheers,

Rich

Glad you guys had fun and try to stay dry. I look forward to seeing your pictures and have fun tomorrow.

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Ludwigia

What a great way to get rid of excess weight. Good on you!

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Nimravis
5 hours ago, Ludwigia said:

What a great way to get rid of excess weight. Good on you!

You are correct, it works out very well,. One other benefit is that it’s a good way to perpetuate the hobby with the youngsters.

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Ludwigia
4 hours ago, Nimravis said:

You are correct, it works out very well,. One other benefit is that it’s a good way to perpetuate the hobby with the youngsters.

You said it. Well done.

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ynot

:thumbsu:

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Peat Burns
On 5/18/2019 at 12:41 PM, Nimravis said:

 

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Is this you, Ralph?

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Nimravis
5 minutes ago, Peat Burns said:

Is this you, Ralph?

No- I did not collect, I was just dropping off.

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Wrangellian
On 5/18/2019 at 9:41 AM, Nimravis said:

This morning I left the house early to drive out to the Braceville Shaft Mine in Braceville, Illinois to drop off 6 buckets of open Mazon Creek concretions so the 50 or so members of ESCONI could take anything that caught their eye. 

 

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Besides Mazon Creek fossils, I also brought Mississippian hash plates from Anna and Vienna, Illinois, Pennsylvanian hash plates from Oglesby, Illinois, Ordovician hash plates from Lawrenceburg and St. Leon, Indiana. In addition to the hash plates, I brought Pliocene shells and coral from Florida, shark teeth pans echinoids from Morocco, brachiopods and crinoid stems from St. Leon, dugong bones from Sarasota, Florida and a real pretty Turritella gastropod piece from Wyoming. I place the hash plates on the dirt path to the collecting area so people can see them. The kids and adults get excited when they notice the pieces and that they contain fossils.

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Here are some general pics that I took before I left for the day. If you ever have a chance to go on one of these trips, you will not be disappointed.

 

I should think not, with that amount of stuff up for grabs! 

Was everything taken or did some 'foreign' material get left at the site?

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Nimravis
17 minutes ago, Wrangellian said:

I should think not, with that amount of stuff up for grabs! 

Was everything taken or did some 'foreign' material get left at the site?

I don’t know, I dropped off the buckets and left.

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smt126

Sad I missed another one. We are trying to fix up our rental home to sell and it has taken up all my time for the last month. It was very nice of you to donate all that. My kids in the past really loved the dump piles people bring. Hopefully I'll be off work for the September one.

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