Category Archives: Carmel Church Quarry

Guest Blog: Courtland’s Summer Internship

My name is Courtland Lyle, and I am a rising senior at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I am pursuing a double major in both geology and biology and wish to study paleontology on a graduate level … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Quarry 2015 Day 6

Today was a half day but during this short period of time, the crew was successful in finding some photogenic fossils that I can share here. Above are the whale vertebra of different qualities of preservation and from different sections … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Quarry 2015 Day 5

As we continued to focus on the boulder field, the crew unearthed more boulder boundaries and a potential end to the boulders…well, at least an end to the boulders that are in our current pit. During this time, Grant from … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Quarry 2015 Day 4

Due to poor weather conditions, lingering snow, and ice, I lost three days of excavation time. Fortunately, my next crew of volunteers arrived safely and had excellent weather conditions to work in on their first day. This new crew consists … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Quarry 2015 Day 3

My wish came true – the rain wasn’t as severe as I feared it would be! We were able to get into the pit and log about 6 hrs of work. Wednesday’s focus was on removing the Choptank Formation and finding … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Quarry 2015 Day 2

Today’s report will be relatively short. Despite the cold, my crew soldiered on to join me in the pit to begin the process of uncovering the area of the Calvert Formation I want to work on during this excavation. Task … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Quarry 2015 Day 1

Today marks the first of two things: VMNH’s first CCQ excavation of 2015 and my first excavation where I am the organizer and leader. Many thanks to Martin Marietta Quarry for continuing to support VMNH’s efforts in the quarry. Due to … Continue reading

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