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GMS Field Trip
Woodbury, TN
Saturday, July 22, 2017

The theme of the July Woodbury field trip was HOT, HOT HOT! Despite the heat advisory for the day, a gallant group of intrepid GMS members met the heat with undaunted determination and were rewarded with fossils and geodes! Thanks to the local McDonald’s that donated several buckets of ice, there were plenty of bottles of ice cold water readily available to all of the sweaty collectors.

At the first location, it didn’t take long for everyone to get several samples of Ordovician marine fossils including tiny brachiopods and even tinier crinoid stems as well as gastropods, bryozoans, and possibly some burrow trace fossils. After a rejuvenating lunch in air conditioned luxury, we jumped into a creek. Right away people were finding geodes. I saw several really pretty ones and a variety of fossils, too, including a superb coral that Diana Poppelreuter found. Juergen, on the other hand, decided to haul out an enormous suiseki, a piece of the karst that can be seen in certain parts of the creek. At our last stop, the handful of collectors who hadn’t wilted yet happily found even more geodes and (smaller) suiseki, plus a few more fossils.

Many thanks to the property owners who gave us permission to collect at these wonderful places. Thank you to McDonald’s for all of the ice that cooled us throughout the day, and thank you to Charles Carter for arranging another fun trip!

Lori Carter
On behalf of Charles Carter, GMS Field Trip Chair
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Location 1 - Ordovician Marine Fossils

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Plenty of rocks to climb and search
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Sharon Sanders found these superb gastropod fossils
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Juergen found a pretty pocket of calcite crystals
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One of the juniors found a fossil she liked
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Juniors were great fossilers!
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Some pretty calcite formations
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The Clines got some help from David Bruce to collect these calcite specimens

Location 2 - Geodes and Fossils

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Lost of geodes!
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Serene creek
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David Bruce found this geode with gorgeous fortifications (banding)
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Excellent shell impression
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Casey Sosebee found this "petrified mushroom" -- or is it a muffin...
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Pretty geode!
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Juniors were serious geode hunters
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Caitlyn Cline found another geode with some fortifications
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"Hm, how do we get this giant suiseki out of here?"
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Looks like a two man job!
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Diana found this exquisite coral
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Gilligan liked Diana's geode blanket
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Looks like they got their fill of geodes and decided to relax in the trees
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Cristina found these (clockwise) big crinoid stem, brachiopod, small crinoid stem, and coral
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David Bruce found this beautiful brachiopod

Location 3 - More Geodes and Fossils

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Jump right into the creek
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David Bruce found this crinoid specimen with branching stems
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Unlike Juergen, David decided to bring home a smaller suiseki
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Bart Weaver now has photo evidence of his beautiful botryoidal geode find!
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Nice color on this geode
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Gilligan was good at finding shade
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Charles found a shady spot to relax as the day wound down
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These little guys were kissing all of us
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Charles cleaned this geode a bit after we got home
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Does this chisel look familiar to you? Gilligan says it is not ours.
It will be in the lost and found area at the GMS building for you to claim.

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