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Fry an Egg?

Its so hot here that the team got the idea to test the old adage (hypothesis??): “It’s hot enough to fry an egg…”

Hey, we are scientists after all.

After a hearty debate about whether to use a black slab of ironized sandstone or one of our metal tools (I voted for the former for purity sake, but the tools were in fact burning our hands…). We gave it a go.

Setting up our experiment: release the egg!
The die has been cast.
The results are in.

Well, after letting our experiment run for about an hour, we collected our data.

Our conclusion.  It’s darn hot, probably hot enough to fry an egg.  Only problem?  Its even dryer than hot!!  (We probably should have guessed this).  Our egg dehydrated before it could fry.

Isn’t science great?

A swim at the Geyser

Yesterday we took a rest and swam in the Green River near the Crystal Geyser. Legend reached our ears that the land owner recently dropped a stick of dynamite down the geyser to “improve” it but ended up muddling it up. We did see it boiling up but it never blew. Sounds like the story may be true. Bummer.


All Wrapped Up

yesterday we made the decision to take a bunch if fossils out in a single jacket. It’s not the easiest decision to make, as taking a big plaster jacket full of fossils is a logistical challenge when you are 300 feet above camp and a jacket this size will weigh several hundred pounds. Nonetheless we decide it had to be done. We mixed our batch of plaster, cut our filter foam, and wrapped up or precious cargo. In fact we’ve already used all our plaster and are getting additional provisions his afternoon. We’ll video the jacket pull with the head cam and post later.


The View from the North (a quarry is born!)

After moving to the Crystal Geyser Quarry, we had to set up a new base camp. The colored hills of the Late Jurassic Morrison Formation are a welcome addition crowning our new base camp.

The crew hikes down from the quarry to base camp #2

The next step?   Digging a big, big hole in the north side of the hill to search for Falcarius (a feathered dinosaur) bones.

After a day of picking and shoveling we have ourselves a respectable dent in the hillside and the crew takes a much deserved siesta.

Would you look here… we have ourselves a dinosaur quarry.
Paul and Alex. Have I worked them too hard?