Riversleigh Field Trip 2014

Fun And Games

Figure 28: Post-dinner campfires with marshmallows.

Figure 28: Post-dinner campfires with marshmallows.

We had several camp fires with the roasting of marshmallows and other edible materials (Figure 28).

Figure 29: Untangle the strings without removing the loops off one's wrist.

Figure 29: Untangle the strings without removing the loops off one’s wrist.

Figure 30: The Waterhouse Group untangling themselves with the help of a chair.

Figure 30: The Waterhouse Group untangling themselves with the help of a chair.

And we had my team building activities of puzzles with sticks and strings (Figures 29 and 30).

Figure 31: Trilobites and brachiopods at Trilobite Hill.

Figure 31: Trilobites and brachiopods at Trilobite Hill.

Figure 32: Fossilised salt crystal pseudomorphs at Trilobite Hill.

Figure 32: Fossilised salt crystal pseudomorphs at Trilobite Hill.

We visited Trilobite Hill near Adels Grove. Ian Graham and his postgraduate students discovered this area in 2011. There were nice areas of exposed trilobite and brachiopod fossils (Figure 31), and a small exposed section of fossilised salt crystals 1cm across (Figure 32).

The End

Figure 33: Sorting, weighing, recording and packing of 2.05 tonnes of limestone rocks.

Figure 33: Sorting, weighing, recording and packing of 2.05 tonnes of limestone rocks.

We sorted, weighed, recorded and packaged 2.05 tonnes of limestone rock on our last day at Adels Grove (Figure 33). We packed them onto shipping pallets, for Alan Rackham to ship to the UNSW.

Figure 34: Table one at our farewell dinner.

Figure 34: Table one at our farewell dinner.

Figure 35: Table two at our farewell dinner.

Figure 35: Table two at our farewell dinner.

We made our way to Mount Isa on the 8th of July and stayed overnight at a motel there. We returned the hired generator, and drill. We packed our equipment back into Alan and Dale Rackham’s shipping container storage. We then had our celebratory dinner at the Burke and Wills Inn (Figures 34 and 35). The next morning we checked out, visited the Outback At Isa Museum and took our flights home.

We have to wait until Alan Rackham arranges for the shipping of the collected rocks back to UNSW. And then we will have to wait until some of this year’s material is dissolved in the weak acetic acid to discover what fossils were successfully excavated from this field trip.

And wait another year for another delightful field trip to Riversleigh…

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