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The Black Hills, Part 4

If you’ve been following my first three installments on the Black Hills (Mesozoic, Paleozoic, and Proterozoic rocks) it should be clear by now that the Black Hills rocks are layer out in a series of concentric rings that get progressively … Continue reading

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Badlands National Park, Part 5: upper Brule fossils

We’ve looked at the Cretaceous and Eocene fossils from the Badlands, as well as Oligocene fossils from the lower part of the Brule Formation, the Scenic Member, and seen that there are faunal differences between each unit. This continues as … Continue reading

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Badlands National Park, Part 4: lower Brule fossils

As we continue our overview of Badlands fossils, the next unit above the Chadron Formation is the Scenic Member of the Brule Formation, which is Oligocene in age. If you just tabulate what fossils are present, the Scenic looks a … Continue reading

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Badlands National Park, Part 3: Chadron fossils

As was clear from the abundance for paleosols, the Badlands beds overlying the Cretaceous are all terrestrial deposits. But there is a pretty substantial slice of time represented from the Chadron to the Brule, and we’ve also seen from the … Continue reading

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Wyoming eye candy

I’m back at the museum now, trying to catch up on all the paperwork I’ve missed over the last few weeks, finish a manuscript, and get ready to go back in the field in August. One of the great things … Continue reading

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