Sunday, December 10, 2006

Back At Home!

Of course, I'm back at home now...nothing like being away from home for a while to make you appreciate sleeping in, good coffee, and your own bed.

Here's a few pictures of the site (if you click on them you can get the sweet larger version!):

The geology out at the site was pretty cool. These are some terrific cross-bedded sandstones, with some really cool cannon-ball sized nodules that are sitting on the ground in front of them. (Bonus: the Wind Farm in the background)

A picture from the rig: Fuckin' Cory, Mike, Pedro, and Peter setting casing.

Picture of the rig deck after cold weather came in...

Here's what the rig looked like.

I was paid to hike around and make a map of the geology in the area, it got to be colder than life itself out there. do I look like a ninja?

While I was out mapping, I found a spinal column hanging out of the outcrop. I don't think its that old (as in, its probably not a true fossil yet). its probably a horse thats a few hundred years old.

Ahh! beautiful Wyoming! This is the entire site area, both rigs are in this picture but very tough to see, and you can see the wind farm in the background. Did I mention that it was really fucking windy up there? (also, those bones are from a previous field geologist they had out there that couldn't handle the madness).


Joe Schreiner said...

Are those concretions in the first picture? Some geologists that I used to work for at a gold mine in SD told me that they used to go around and hunt for these. They would crack them open and occasionally they contained an amber colored crystal(I cant remember what it's called) that they would sell to the School of Mines in Rapid City, SD. You should crack those fuckin nodes open. Or were they just fuckin with me?

Joe said...

the nodules in that picture are just that, nodules. your thinking of Geodes...they form kinda the same way, but the ones in wyoming don't have sweet crystals in them. The amber crystal is probably citrine, its a yellow-gold colored form of quartz.

I wouldn't be so lucky as to find rocks like that.

Joe Schreiner said...

They would look for them in steep shale banks of streams out on the prairie. I thought they called them concretions and for some reason calcite rings bells. Is that possible? I don't think they were geodes because, from what I remember, they were more like a super hard mud ball that formed around a crystal or fossil or some shit. And they were big, like 1-3 feet in diameter.

In the field I commonly refer to them as Boogers or Dingleberries.

Joe said...

ok, that makes sense, calcite...they were probably looking at Septarian Nodules.

they look like this:

those would be more common in the area you

Joe said...

....were looking at.

dingleberries works better I think.

Joe said...

fuck it, just do a google image serach for Septarian Nodule and you'll see them.