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This is a travelogue powerpoint of my trip to Montana with 7 other teachers. We studied there, searched for dinosaur bones, and learned a lot!

This is a travelogue powerpoint of my trip to Montana with 7 other teachers. We studied there, searched for dinosaur bones, and learned a lot!

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  • Project Exploration A Journey Through Time
  • Week 1: The University of Chicago The University of Chicago
    • We spent a week working on paleontology, geology, and astronomy at the University of Chicago.
  • Classroom Activities
  • Fossil Lab
    • We got to visit famous paleontologist Paul Sereno’s lab and he gave a presentation.
  • We saw dinosaur bones, human skeletons, plaster jackets, and students preparing fossils.
  • We also saw the lab where artists make models of the bones and recreate what they think the dinosaurs looked like.
  • We learned from Astronomer Mark Hefferman at the Adler Planetarium. I am holding meteorites and a moon rock.
  • Finally, we were ready to go to Wibaux, MT. We left from Midway at 4 a.m.!
  • Montana is beautiful! This is a view from the Lost in Time Ranch. This is a view from the Lost in Time Ranch.
  • The Group Teachers and Scientists in Montana! Teachers and Scientists in Montana!
  • We had a three hour drive to the ranch, but we stopped to search for trace fossil leaf imprints at the Clinker Site.
  • After a long day, we arrived at the Lost in Time Ranch. It was so luxurious. We were immediately intrigued by the decor.
  • The Hell Creek Formation
    • This stratigraphic layer is 67-65 mya and was formed in the Cretaceous period. It holds many dinosaur bones! We also found evidence of turtles, crocodiles, and fish.
  • We worked with Dr. Jason Moore to collect fossils from a microsite. After, we went to a triceratops site and then went prospecting.
  • After prospecting, or visiting any site, we would sit down and write field notes. In our field notes, we include GPS location, observations, and our findings.
  • That night we used books to help us identify our finds. We found so many things, including dinosaur bones, turtle and crocodile bones, teeth, and even fish scales.
  • I got to help clean a dinosaur bone that I found out in the field. We also found out that dinosaur bones stick to your tongue! Rocks do not. Mm chocolate!
  • We also went to the Pierre Shale Formation. This is also part of the Cretaceous Period. Around 72 mya it used to be a marine environment. We found many fossils of marine animals.
  • The next couple of days, we prospected in the Hell Creek Formation. We excavated a triceratops bone and we put a plaster jacket on it.
  • It was an amazing trip and I learned so much! I already miss Montana!
  • A special thanks to Project Exploration and all of the teachers and scientists that made this an amazing experience.