Dry Dredgers Field Trip
October 25, 2003
Southeast Indiana

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It was another beautiful, warm autumn Saturday with overcast skies. Many expected rain that morning, so the turnout was moderate with about 20 to 25 people in 16 cars attending. The site is now famous for it's size and quantity of fossils.

The site exposes the Saluda and Lower Whitewater formations, the entire Liberty and Waynesville formations and the upper Arnheim Formation. Despite almost constant collecting over time, there were plenty of nice fossils found in the freshly weathered shale from all layers of this site.

As seen from space, the site is a series of deep hill cuts. Fortunately, they terraced the cuts, as if they knew that, without the terraces, the slopes would not be accessible to fossil collectors.

The Search for Trilobites

The main goal of collectors that day was to find trilobites, which are found in the light shale layers. To do this, you get down on your hands and knees and look carefully for fragments of trilobites.

The sun came out now and then.

Or, you can stand below the ledge with the shale at eye level, and save the knees!


Both trilobite search methods work.
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Next Page: Crinoid Hunting

October 2003 Field Trip

Table of Contents

Page 1: Introduction and the Search for Trilobites
Page 2: Crinoid Hunting
Page 3: Finding Brachiopods
Page 4: After Collecting
Page 5: Some Fossils Found That Day: Trilobites
Page 6: Some Fossils Found That Day: Crinoids and Corals
Page 7: Other Fossils and Minerals Found That Day

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