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FW: Leaned something new! RE: Some Data ....

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> Date: Sun=2C 1 Nov 2009 17:08:06 +0000
> From: df9465@yahoo.co.uk
> To: dinosaur@usc.edu
> Subject: Re: Leaned something new! RE: Some Data ....
>In reply to Denver Fowler=2C yes you're right of course. This is how
we used to do it 30 years ago in the field when I retired. It was
painful but I hope newer better techniques now prevail. --dale=20
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: dale mcinnes=20
> To: DML=20
> Sent: Sun=2C 1 November=2C 2009 9:37:31
> Subject: FW: Leaned something new! RE: Some Data ....
>>As a side note here=3D2C even perfectly formed undamaged fossils
> can on occasion turn instantly soggy by simply adding a preservative
> whilest in the field. You can instantly turn fossils into mush by
> doing so. It would appear that if they are laced with 1000s of tiny micro=
> opic fractures and you add a liquid=3D2C they will flow.
>. If you're using an acetone-based preservative then this may explain why =
your fossils fall apart (especially initially) as acetone breaks down the v=
an de waals forces that bind clays together. Hence adding the acetone remov=
es the cohesive ability of the clay (or clay coatings for sand grains) and =
if it is this that is holding the fossil together (or forming a retaining s=
upport)=2C then it may cause the fossil to turn to mush
> ----------------------------------
> Denver Fowler
> df9465@yahoo.co.uk
> http://www.denverfowler.com
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>                                        =20
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