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GMS Field Trip June 2021

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GMS Field Trip
Geodes and Ordovician Fossils in Tennessee
Saturday, June 5, 2021


This two-location trip started off under bright sunny skies. Attendees scrambled over boulders seeking tiny brachiopods, branching bryozoans, possibly some burrow traces, and other Ordovician fossils. There was a nice straight shelled cephalopod embedded in a boulder, so we collected that one with a camera rather than a hammer and chisel.

The second location was a creek with geodes! The property owner was so incredibly gracious and welcoming. She mowed a path for our vehicles and even erected signs to direct traffic to the creek! Once our toes hit the cool, crisp water in the creek, it was time to find some geodes. Though they weren’t as plentiful as in prior years, they were still fairly abundant, so everyone found several to take home. Carefully searching through the gravel in the creek yielded some beautiful colonial corals as well as some splendid crinoid specimens.

It was a wonderful day to be collecting side by side again with our GMS family. Everyone found some goodies to take home and brag about. We cannot thank the property owners enough, especially our creek friend. She went above and beyond our wildest dreams to turn the trip into a memorable day for all involved. Many, many thanks to her! And many thanks to Jason, Nedra, Nate, and Aaron for stepping in as field trips leads to keep everyone safe, expertly direct traffic, and help two terribly rusty field trip people get back into the game.

Lori Carter
On behalf of Charles Carter, Field Trip Chair
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First Site Goodies

Photo by Lori Carter

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Lots of bryozoan bits and 2 very nice spiral gastropods (bottom)
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A straight shelled cephalopod
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Excellent bryozoans
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Some nice specimens of calcite crystals
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Branching and encrusting bryozoans in one rock!

Second Site Scenes

Photo by Marty Hart

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The water in the creek was so cold and refreshing!
Photo by Lori Carter

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The shade was nice too
Photos by Marty Hart

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A member who couldn't attend the trip graciously loaned us his geode cracker.
It took a while to get the hang of it, but we got there!

Crinoids from the Creek

Photo by Lori Carter

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Colorful crinoid plate
Photo by Lori Carter

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One of the juniors found this crinoid stem!
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Tavenner's geodized crinoid calyx
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Another geodized crinoid calyx!

Corals from the Creek

Photo by Lori Carter

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The first cool coral I saw
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Another one!
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And then this gorgeous specimen!

Other Fossils from the Creek

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Wow! Beautiful brachiopod!
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This may be a faint, straight shelled cephalopod
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Not sure if this is a fossil -- or what?

Geodes!

Photos by Lori Carter

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This geode has some cubic quartz with a chalcedony coating
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This one will clean up beautifully!
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Charles cleaned this little geode for me
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Charles is going to clean this geode and document each step!
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Someone's collecting pile. Note the suiseki at 6 o'clock

Other Cool Stuff

Photo by Lori Carter

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A real rock hound!
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A real rock heart!

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