Field Work Travelogue: Day 7 – Back into the Natural Trap Cave #NTCave15

Today I went back into the cave to do some more work. I also made a point of taking my ‘good’ camera.

Planning the day's work while the rest of the crew descends.
Planning the day’s work while the rest of the crew descends.

It's a long way down.
It’s a long way down.
In the foreground, taking down some overburden to an abundantly fossiliferous layer. In the back, quarrying some large bones from the same layer.
In the foreground, taking down some overburden to an abundantly fossiliferous layer. In the back, quarrying some large bones from the same layer.
The ladder to nowhere. 30 years ago, this went into a lower chamber.
The ladder to nowhere. 30 years ago, this went into a lower chamber.
Accessing the fossiliferous layer.
Accessing the fossiliferous layer.
No photo can capture the immensity of the cave.
No photo can capture the immensity of the cave.
Postdoc Cory Redman watches while the top crew prepares to hoist up some sediments for screen washing.
Postdoc Cory Redman watches while the top crew prepares to hoist up some sediments for screen washing.
Taking a break while others plunge on.
Taking a break while others plunge on.
We had a fuzzy visitor in the cave today. Apparently, the cave does support a small population of cute fuzzies.
We had a fuzzy visitor in the cave today. Apparently, the cave does support a small population of cute fuzzies.

Today we moved a lot of overburden, but also bagged up some sediments for screen washing. Tomorrow, I’ll stay topside and do some screen washing. Hopefully, we’ll find something good.

Published by paleololigo

Scientist (Paleontology, Geochemistry, Geology); Writer (Speculative and Science Fiction, plus technical and non-technical Science); Mom to great boy on the Autism spectrum; possessor of too many hobbies.

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