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RE: Clastic or Carbonate
> From: owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu [mailto:owner-DINOSAUR@usc.edu]
> On Behalf Of James Farlow
> Sent: Wednesday, August 22, 2007 8:26 AM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; 'Dinosaur Mailing List'
> Subject: RE: Clastic or Carbonate
> If push comes to shove, though, take clastics if you are
> interested in dinosaurs, other terrestrial vertebrates, and
> land plants; and carbonates if you are interested in anything else.
> I second Tom's recommendation, albeit with a minor proviso:
> If per chance you are interested in dinosaur footprints,
> carbonates might well be of interest. A lot of very
> important tracksites are in limestones, and knowing something
> about said carbonates might be useful in interpreting what
> the beasts might have been doing as they stomped around on
> the mudflats.
Plus, you have a better chance of a really nice field trip if your
carbonates course has a "modern depositional environments" component. (e.g.,
the Bahamas, the Florida Keys, the Caribbean, etc.) Okay, so you'd have to
poke around in smelly mangrove swamps, but you'd also get to snorkle.
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 301-405-4084
Office: Centreville 1216
Senior Lecturer, Vertebrate Paleontology
Dept. of Geology, University of Maryland
Faculty Director, Earth, Life & Time Program, College Park Scholars
Mailing Address: Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Department of Geology
Building 237, Room 1117
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742 USA