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re: north by nortwest



>Date: Fri, 04 Dec 1998 11:39:56 -0800
>From: Betty Cunningham <bettyc@flyinggoat.com>

>curious if anyone would try one of those mini flame throwers they use on
>creme brulee to defrost around a dig site
>Can you use flame around fossils?

>-Betty Cunningham

I don't know if that would be a good idea. It's possible it could cause
rapid expansion/shrinkage (I don't know which- shrinking I guess!) of a
frozen fossil. This may worsen hairline fractures etc. I guess someone
could try it out and let us preparators deal with the consequences. ;-)

-Sherry Michael
ANSP prep lab