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GMS Field Trip
Weiss Lake, AL
Saturday, January 14, 2017

Icy conditions forced this trip to be deferred one week, and wow, what a difference a week can make! Participants were treated to a beautiful day as well as beautiful fossils! We started by searching shale and concretions for trilobites. Bill Montante found a brooksella in the parking lot! Then Juergen did, and I did, and I think a couple of other people did too!

There were some perfect trilobites in the shale and some spectacular trilobites in the concretions. Aaron and Jason Leatherwood each found found an enrolled trilobite in a concretion! Henry Frantz found many sponges too.

While some people continued collecting at the first site, Charles led a group to a second site to collect limestone with weird markings. We are not sure what made the marks, but they sure are fascinating.

After a quick lunch, we went to the third location. We started a little slowly, but then the brooksellas started coming out to play. No cool trilobites this time, but there is always next time. There were several juniors collecting, some for the first time, and the youngest pair were having so much fun they did not want to go home. I think the adults had fun too and we are all looking forward to futures trips to the lake!

Lori Carter
On behalf of Charles Carter, GMS Field Trip Chair
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Site 1

Photo by Lori Carter

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Bill Montante found this brooksella in the parking lot!
Photo by Lori Carter

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More parking lot finds!
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A complete trilobite from the shale
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Martha Brown found this rare brachiopod
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Beautiful trilobite plus some bits and pieces
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Al Klatt found this excellent specimen
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Bill Montante is going to study this odd fossil that appears to be an echinoid
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Algal fronds
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A delightful cluster of trilobites
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Another gorgeous trilobite from the shale
Photo by Lori Carter

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Burrows or some other trace fossil
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Not sure what this is but it looks like it could be a trilobite from the bottom
Photo by Lori Carter

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A modern fish jaw with a growth (small bump) from disease or injury
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Jody and Joe Enders with a superb trilobite
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Aaron Leatherwood found an enrolled trilobite!
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Jason Leatherwood found an enrolled trilobite too!
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Nedra Bonavita found this trilobite fragment with a weird blob on one end and tiny bumps around it
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Jodi found this gigantic trilobite!
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Nathan Bonavita found this rock with a cool pattern. It's not a conglomerate, so how does a pattern like that happen?
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Diana Poppelreuter found this last minute, perfectly posed specimens

Site 2

Photo by Cristina Clines

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Perfect day to collect by the lake
Photos by Cristina Clines

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Limestone with unidentified "divot" markings

Site 3

Photo by Lori Carter

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You have to look hard, but there is a brooksella here
Photo by Lori Carter

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Al Klatt found one of the strangest unidentified specimens
Photo by Lori Carter

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Rock with curious patterns
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Nice little brooksella on a concretion
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Brooksella that is smooth and not as "puffy" as others
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Algae(?) and a couple of brooksellas
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Classic brooksella
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Cute little brooksellas
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Another smooth brooksella
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Some nice pieces to ponder

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