I went to the Penn Dixie paleontological and Outdoor education center today. The center was holding a science day exhibition today. they had a tent with vendors and local clubs. After chatting with some of the nice folks in the tent, I went to the north end of the quarry and started digging. I came away with some nice pieces, which I’ll post as soon as I can take some pictures of the haul.
Here is the North field of the quarry. there are signs describing the different strata in the area. I started finding fossils right away. I’ll bring a crow bar and hand sledge next time. that will make it easier to lever sheets shale out of the holes I dig.
After digging for an hour, I went over to the core drilling demonstration. I’ve read about drilling before, but I’ve never seen the process up close. I could easily imagine that we were wildcatters in 1930’2 Texas. they weren’t drilling for oil, but taking a rock core from the quarry. It was very interesting to watch.
Manuel posts about a different topic each Saturday. This weeks topic is “Rock”.