Journal for Wednesday, May 19 -- Click a photo to see the larger view. Scroll down the page to read the journal.

Badlands Fault
Badlands fault near Interior, SD
If I had a hammer
If I had a hammer...
what the bear dragged in
Look what the bear dragged in!
Mammoth Skeleton
Mammoth Skeleton at the Dig
Mark Keffeler
Mark Keffeler shows us a Death camas plant at the Whitney Preserve
Mighty UMMers
Mmm, plaster!
Gypsum Hill observations
Observations at the Gypsum Hill
Awesome Drivers
Our awesome drivers, Steve and "Uncle Dave"
Pronghorn Antelope
jumping in the river
Ready or not . . .


Wednesday Journal
Kacie G., Danielle S., Marie S., Travis W., Michelle O., Kyle M., Brock D.

This morning we woke up and drove back out to Interior, SD at part of the Badlands. We got out and looked at a fault in the hills. We observed that in most areas the layers were continuous, but at the fault one side was different from the other. The red layer was higher on one side than the other.

We then went to the Mammoth Site where we saw actual fossils, paleontologists working at the big site, and we got to make our own molds of the mammoth’s teeth. This site is very important because it is the largest mammoth site in North America that allows visitors to see the actual fossils. Many scientists come from all over the world to study these digs.

After this we went to the nature Conservancy Site called Whitney Preserve. We went on the trail, saw the natural springs, which was good enough to drink, so we did. We were able to dig around an outcrop of gypsum and siltstone.

On our way to the camp our camp mom and dad played a trick on us convincing all of us that we were headed to a new place to observe, but our fearless leaders treated us to Dairy Queen instead.

After setting up our camp we took a bus full to the Cascade Falls hot springs which were not nearly as warm as we had hoped. It was still a great time and we discovered an under-the-waterfall cave which was awesome. It was a good time.

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