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When Field Work Goes Wrong: Making Lemonade from Sulfurous Water

Field work, that mystical time when paleontologists get out of their labs and their offices to explore for new and exciting scientific finds. For many of us, field work is what helps us keep our sanity. It reminds us why we started doing this in the first place.

Field work is a necessary component for maintaining our sanity.

But things don't always go according to plan.

For example, this is how my field season started:


Every paleontologist has a story to tell about when their field season came to a grinding halt, often due to injuries, or mechanical failures of vehicles, weather, or unexpectedly locked gates. These things happen.

So what do we do?

The old saying is, 'When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.'

The damage to my truck is an annoyance that is piled on top of other issues that have kept me and my crew from getting much science done as yet this summer. We should be at it full-speed in another day or two. In the meantime, we've taken advantage of where we are geographically to occupy our time.

We visited Yellowstone National Park:



The Hart Mountain Japanese internment camp from World War II:


And did a little road-side geology, checking out an incredible angular unconformity, overlain with hydrothermal deposits:



We do the best we can under the circumstances. The science we're here to do is not a possiblity for us just now, but there's so much more to do and to learn. We've made good on a rotten situation and are having a great time.

Heck, I even had time to sit down and write this post!

Posted: 7/10/2016 3:16:43 PM by pennilynhigginsadmin | with 0 comments
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