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It's Summer And You Want To Go To Pit 11 For Mazon Creek Fossils

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Wrangellian

I bet a lot of people will find this topic informative - Can non-members see it too, and there'll be an uptick in the numbers of people going there and concretion depletion? :zzzzscratchchin:

Anyway, interesting to see what you're dealing with nowadays vs. before. I suppose those of us who have a few specimens should be happy with what we've got!

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Nimravis
On 6/17/2019 at 12:04 AM, Wrangellian said:

Can non-members see it too, and there'll be an uptick in the numbers of people going there and concretion depletion?

I believe that they can- and concretion depletion is not something that I worry about. It has been that way for years and if you want concretions, you really have to work for them. Unlike other places that people collect fossils, there is not guarantee that anything is going to be found in a particular area, it is the luck of the draw. 

 

I really wish that the State would go in and bulldoze the Tipple Area to turn it over. As it stands now, not much will come out of there and it is getting harder each year.

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Randyw

Loved the picture tour. It gives me a chance to see something I’ve heard about but will probably never get to see in person. I do have a few modules from there that I’ve purchased over the years and now I’ve had a chance to see where they’ve come from. Very informative!

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Nimravis
1 hour ago, Randyw said:

Loved the picture tour. It gives me a chance to see something I’ve heard about but will probably never get to see in person. I do have a few modules from there that I’ve purchased over the years and now I’ve had a chance to see where they’ve come from. Very informative!

Thanks Randy

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Fossildude19

Ralph, 

Thanks for this view into an area that, while well known for fossils, is a bit of a mystery beyond that. 

I appreciate your skillful, and always interesting reporting.

Thanks for dispelling some of the mystery behind the Mazon Creek nodules. :) 
 

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Al Tahan

Nice report....wow things have changed....looks like eventually it will be an event to find a fossil there. Kinda a bummer but that’s how these things usually work out 

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minnbuckeye

I have always been confused during my two almost unsuccessful trips to the area. This helps tremendously. Two questions for you. I do have a small fishing boat or a canoe. Is the hunting just as good on turino hill in the summer as opposed to a spring trip to the other areas? Then my second question, what about late September? Probably too many leaves on the ground?

 

Thanks

Mike

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Nimravis
36 minutes ago, minnbuckeye said:

Two questions for you. I do have a small fishing boat or a canoe. Is the hunting just as good on turino hill in the summer as opposed to a spring trip to the other areas? Then my second question, what about late September? Probably too many leaves on the ground?

Mike, Turino Hill looks to be the same at all times of the year, the only exception would be the shoreline around the island, that would be better in March. Also as far as boats go, I am pretty sure that it needs to be motorized, but I could be wrong. A friend of mine recently went to the islands to collect, I don’t think he hit Turino and he stated that he is not going back because they are too overgrown. If it was me, I would still be hitting them, but probably in March rather then any other time of the year. And as far as September, last year the leaves did not start falling around here until late October.

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minnbuckeye

More great info!!

Mike

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JohnJ

Outstanding and extremely informative report, Ralph.  Thanks for taking the time and effort.

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Manticocerasman

Very nice and elaborate report. thx for taking us along :D

 

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bigred97

Wow, thanks, Ralph, this is a fascinating post! I love seeing the pictures from years ago since I only starting going to these places last year. It IS very hard work getting to some of these places even in March, I can't imagine it's for everyone. You really have to be ready to go to work.

 

On your picture with the red and yellow arrows of Ponderosa Lake, I was very interested to see that you go down to the red arrow and around the lake clockwise. I've always cut west on the trail that's located about halfway between the 2 arrows (it's marked by a chain link across it) so that in effect I would follow the same path only counter-clockwise. Have you ever gone that way? Do you think you can find concretions anywhere around the whole lake?

 

I also have heard you have to have a boat with a motor to go on the cooling lake. I don't have one but would love to get out to Turino Hill some day. Maybe there are charters you can rent?

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UtahFossilHunter

Biking and fossil hunting is one of my favorite hobby mixes. Very nice report and bike!

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Nimravis
2 hours ago, JohnJ said:

Outstanding and extremely informative report, Ralph.  Thanks for taking the time and effort.

Thanks John, it almost took me as long to do the post as it did to take the pictures- lol.

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Nimravis
1 hour ago, bigred97 said:

Have you ever gone that way? Do you think you can find concretions anywhere around the whole lake?

 

I also have heard you have to have a boat with a motor to go on the cooling lake. I don't have one but would love to get out to Turino Hill some day. Maybe there are charters you can rent?

This was the first time that I have been on that path, but I would like to see how far it goes.

 

I would say yes to concretions being found anywhere around the lake since the whole area is overburden that contained concretions.

 

I believe that a motor is needed on the lake since it can get very rough from time to time and there are no charters that take you to the islands.

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Nimravis
1 hour ago, UtahFossilHunter said:

Biking and fossil hunting is one of my favorite hobby mixes. Very nice report and bike!

I use to have my backpack filled with concretions as well as two other packs that I would hang on the handle bars- made for an interesting ride.

 

It looks like a great place where you go.

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Mark Kmiecik

Thanks for the effort to photograph the various parts of the collecting area and posting a most excellent report here. This should make the area a little less "scary" for people heading there for the first time. It won't make things any easier as far as moving along the terrain goes, but it does show what and where to look for it. There is 160 square kilometers of land area that was mined so there's hundreds of millions of concretions still to be found. The problem is getting to them. Ground cover is very thick and particularly "nasty", but the best finds are in the thickest parts of that cover. You will leave bruised and abused and grinning from ear to ear.

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Nimravis
28 minutes ago, Mark Kmiecik said:

Thanks for the effort to photograph the various parts of the collecting area and posting a most excellent report here. This should make the area a little less "scary" for people heading there for the first time. It won't make things any easier as far as moving along the terrain goes, but it does show what and where to look for it. There is 160 square kilometers of land area that was mined so there's hundreds of millions of concretions still to be found. The problem is getting to them. Ground cover is very thick and particularly "nasty", but the best finds are in the thickest parts of that cover. You will leave bruised and abused and grinning from ear to ear.

Thanks and I agree Mark with your last sentence.

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