Saturday, July 11, 2009

Scouting a landing site...

with expedition leader Mike Messick (right) and co-leader Peter Harrison (left) prior to the passengers coming ashore. Our purpose is to assess the safety of the landing area (bears) and the nature of the beach. In addition, specialists like myself have a chance to determine where interesting features may lie so we may direct the passengers in a more efficient manner when they arrive.

Those are Triassic age shales and cross-bedded sandstones in the looming cliffs, many of which are fossiliferous and contain pelecypods (clams,) bits of petrified wood, and trace fossils (worm burrows.)

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