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Summer Field Paleo. Opportunities

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From: "Sankey, Julia" <Julia.Sankey@sdsmt.edu>
To: dinosaur@usc.edu, vrtpaleo@usc.edu
Subject: Summer Field Paleo. Opportunities
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2002 16:18:07 -0700 

Please pass on to others.
Julia Sankey

2002 Summer Museum Field Expeditions
Make this a summer to remember!
Join our Corps of Discovery!

June 17 to 21   Paleontology for Families - visit the Rapid City area for a
variety of fossil experiences designed for families with young children.
Register for 2 to 5 days during this scheduled session.  Field trips to
nearby fossil sites, guided tours through local museums, and opportunities
to dig and prepare fossils in the laboratory may be planned with the
parent(s).  Parent(s) must attend with child(ren).  Other times may also be
available throughout the Summer as schedules permit.  Coordinated by Dr.
Gale Bishop.

June 17 to 21   Study Geology and Mineralogy of the Black Hills - This
expedition allows you to study the geology and origin of the Back Hills for
the geologic and mineralogic diversity of this "Island in the Plains"
through the study and collection of representative rocks. Coordinated by Mr.
Thomas Campbell.

July 8 to 19    Join the crew continuing work at the famous Big Pig Dig in
Badlands National Park.  Excavate a unique tangle of fossil bones of animals
such as rhinos, horses, deer and pig-like animals in the classic Oligocene
age White River Badlands.  Coordinated by Ms. Carrie Herbel.

July 15 to July 22      Sea Turtle Conservation Program - This expedition,
designed for all grade levels of in-service and pre-service science teachers
(K-12), provides two days of distance learning training, a seven-day
residency on St. Catherines Island (GA) performing a hands-on, real-world
conservation program for  threatened loggerhead sea turtles on a remote
coastal Georgia barrier island.  Participants must enroll for college
credit. This project is partially funded by the Georgia Eisenhower Higher
Education Program (49%). Coordinated by Dr. Gale Bishop.

August 5 to 16  Marine Turtles, Mosasaurs and Plesiosaurs from the Late
Cretaceous Western Interior Sea - Join this expedition along the Missouri
River near Chamberlain, South Dakota to search for and help collect
Cretaceous marine reptiles.  Mr. David Parris will lead prospecting and
excavation of these fascinating creatures.

August 12 to 23 Join the crew working at the remote Titanothere Graveyards
Dig in the South Unit of Badlands National Park.  Excavate and help collect
a unique group of fossil bones of animals including bones of titanotheres
from the 34 million year-old sediments of the White River Badlands.
Coordinated by Ms. Carrie Herbel.

 501 E. Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD  57701
1-800-544-8162 ext. 2467

Field Paleontology is a two-week experience that is designed to introduce
students and interested persons to the procedures of preserving and
documenting fossil discoveries. You may participate for two weeks as a
college course for 2 semester credits or just for the educational experience
with no college credit.  We emphasize the fact that fossils are information
so the geologic context of fossils as well as the distribution of fossils at
a given site are meticulously recorded.  Although the program is based in
Rapid City, South Dakota, with the Museum of Geology, each session is taught
in the field in places that are of current interest to research undertaking
at the Museum of Geology.  Rapid City is accessible by commercial airlines,
buses, and the Interstate system.

The field sessions are taught at various times of the summer months of June,
July, and August.  Our climate is continental in character which means that
it can be quite hot (>40 Celsius) and sometimes bone-chilling cool.

Rain is possible but seldom interferes with the work for very long.  The
best advice on clothing is to have layers of clothing so that you can be
comfortable from 5 to 40o C.  A hat to keep sun off, sunglasses, and
sunscreen are helpful.  Other materials necessary include glasses that
protect your eyes while chipping rocks, a rock hammer, a 2-inch wide natural
bristle paintbrush, gloves, a small chisel, and a sharp awl.  Canteen for
water on hot days, a camera to record your experience, a notebook and pen to
record observations, and a sense of humor make this a very rewarding

Hotel accommodations can be obtained for many of the sessions or camping is
another alternative.  Camping is usually done at commercial campgrounds and
food is purchased nearby.  A small tent that is capable of withstanding
strong wind and a sleeping bag with a mat to soften the ground are
advisable.  Cooking arrangements vary with group leader so you will know
more when you choose a specific course.

Sessions are two weeks long and begin with meeting in Rapid City unless
other arrangements are made.  Your instructor will designate the time and
place to meet.  The Museum provides transportation to the research area and
base camp.  The first day will be spent with an orientation session for
participants.  Thereafter, the group will assemble each morning at a
specified time (different group leaders operate on different schedules) with
all materials necessary to get them through the day, water, lunches, tools,
and notebooks.  After a brief review of the goals for that day, the
participants will then drive to the site or area that is being investigated.

During the day, breaks may be taken as a group.  Lunch is at mid-day, and we
usually wind up at about 4:30 - 5:00 PM before the drive back to camp or
hotel.  The exact nature of the day may vary if the goal for the day is to
search out new sites or to spend the day in a quarry working on a specimen.

NO PETS are allowed to accompany the participants, and due to insurance
reasons, an adult who must also be a participant must accompany all persons
under the age of 18.

The Museum accepts payment for the experience by VISA or MasterCard, money
order, cashier's check, or personal check.  Payment must be made in full two
weeks before the session starts.  Cost is $450.00 for each two-week session
unless taken for college credit.  If elected for undergraduate credit, the
course will cost $550.  If elected for graduate credit, the course will cost
$650.  There is a possibility of modest application fees being accessed by
the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for those opting to take the
course for credit.  Field Paleontology is a 2-credit course.  Please note
you may sign up for more than one session.  If you have further questions
please write us at the Museum of Geology, South Dakota School of Mines and
Technology, Rapid City, SD  57701, or call 1-800-544-8162 extension 2467.

NOTICE:  Because of the hazardous nature of fieldwork, each student must be
covered by medical insurance.  Each student will accept the responsibility
for his/her own deportment and for the deportment of the group.  Neither
contraband substances nor firearms will be tolerated.  Any use of alcohol
must conform to the laws of the State of South Dakota and the rules of
SDSMT.  Any potential student with known or suspected health problems, which
might adversely affect her/his ability to perform under field conditions,
must make arrangements to mitigate such problems before enrolling.  Students
may be removed from the program with concurrence of course faculty if a
student proves to be a problem to this program.  Only students registered in
the course will be accepted at the site.  It is the student's responsibility
to accomplish registration.

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Julia T.Sankey, Ph.D.
Haslem Fellow/Assistant Professor of Geology
Museum of Geology and Dept. of Geology and 
  Geological Engineering
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
501 E. Saint Joseph St.
Rapid City, SD  57701-3995
605-394-2469 (fax: 2469)
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