Monthly Archives: February 2008

New Triassic site

Geologists have an interesting symbiotic relationship with highway departments. A knowledge of local geology is necessary for building a road or bridge properly. At the same time, road construction often exposes rocks that otherwise would be inaccessible for study.

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Mount Rogers

Well, I had intended to take my students on a field trip tomorrow to the Mt. Rogers area, and I was going to do a post on the rocks there. Unfortunately, bad weather in that area has forced me to cancel the … Continue reading

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Earlham College

On Sunday morning we arrived in Richmond, IN, to visit Dr. Andy Moore, Assistant Professor of Geology at Earlham College and VMNH Research Associate. Earlham has the Joseph Moore Museum, which includes several skeletons, including the cast skeleton of the ground sloth Megalonyx … Continue reading

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Lincoln, NE

My lecture on Carmel Church was scheduled for 3:30, which gave me plenty of time in the morning to meet with students and visit the Nebraska State Museum (free admission with your VMNH membership card).

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Across Missouri

Along Interstate 70 in Missouri, between St. Louis and Kansas City, there are occasional roadcuts exposing Pennsylvanian Period limestones.

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On the road again

Interstate 64 from Lexington, VA to Charleston, WV is one of the most stunning routes in the eastern US from a geological standpoint. Immediately after crossing the state line into West Virginia you can see this rock exposure (above) on … Continue reading

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Diplodocus update

One of the two jacket we opened last March contained four of the six bones from a Diplodocus pelvis. Largely through the hard work of volunteer Decker Chaney, we have almost completed this jacket (see earlier updates on this jacket here, here, and here). The … Continue reading

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Whale update 3

Our new sandbox has enabled us to lay out the prepared parts of the Carmel Church whale skull. This photo shows what we have so far.

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New lab equipment

This morning the guys from the VMNH Building and Grounds Department delivered a custom-made sandbox that they’ve been building for the lab this week.

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