Earth Sciences in Mongolia
Earth Sciences doctoral students John Graf and Thomas Adams, who provided the reports for this blog, along with Professor Louis L. Jacobs, are traveling to Mongolia as a part of a multi-international dinosaur expedition hosted by the city of Hwaseong in the Republic of Korea. The purpose of the project is to discover, collect and study dinosaur fossils from the Gobi desert in Mongolia, which is one of the most important dinosaur localities in the world.
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In addition to SMU researchers, the multinational team includes researchers from Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM) and Paleontological Center, Mongolian Academy of Sciences and the University of Alberta, Canada. The project will be augmented each year by additional researchers from countries including the United States, Canada, Japan and China.
Today John and I met up with Louis and Ligden to locate and collect additional carbonate samples from sites that Louis had found when the expedition was here in 2006. We will return to Bugin Tsav tonight, but not before stopping at Naran Bulak, an artesian spring, for water.
The weather has been good so far. The temperature is cool in the early part of the day and rises to the mid to upper 90s by the afternoon. Around 6, the temps fall back down to 70 to 60 degrees. There have only been a few days with strong wind. Usually in the afternoon, when temps rise, so does the wind.
No matter how hard you try, the wind blows sand and dust into everything, including your clothes, tent and sleeping bag.
(In photo: Thomas’ tent at sunrise with sandstone bluffs in the background.)
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