Field Work Travelogue: Day 9 – Up and Down Ball Bearing Hill #NTCave15

The morning started with a… clunk.

A slightly overcooked pancake.
A slightly overcooked pancake.

After learning the lesson about actually flipping pancakes, the work day actually began.

Today involved a lot of driving. It’s nearly a one-hour drive one way from camp to a parking lot at the base of the 4-wheel-drive ‘road’.

I made a ‘quick’ trip down and up again right after lunch to get one of the crew down to her car at the base of the hill.

Then I set about to do some screen-washing.

More screened sediment drying in the sun.
More screened sediment drying in the sun.

This particular locality isn’t terribly productive. But there were a few things to find.

A broken part of an unerupted molar of a large hooved mammal.
A broken part of an unerupted molar of a large hooved mammal.

Then I waited for the crew to come out of the cave after the day of work.

First scientist up.
First scientist up.
The project principal investigator, Julie Meachen, climbs from the cave.
The project principal investigator, Julie Meachen, climbs from the cave.

The day ended with one more trip down the hill. Tonight some of us are in Lovell waiting for a couple more members of our crew to arrive. The bonus: a hotel over night and a hot shower.

Tomorrow: Back up the hill and back to work.

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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