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Last Post: Sunday Morning Creek and Ancient Ocean Floor

Tomorrow, I head back home to Guilford, CT. Tonight, we’re staying in the same place we stayed my first night—the Trails End Motel in Sheridan, WY—where freight trains howl along the tracks at the edge of the lot. Our last … Continue reading

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Home on the Range

Wyoming is a state with two landscapes. There are pine-covered mountains where patches of snow never melt, and there are miles of sagebrush and cactus where even big creeks go dry. Luckily for me, I get to see both, since … Continue reading

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High Alpine

We’re camped at the highest point on the trip. This means the sun is strong, the pasta takes “high altitude” directions to cook, the temperature drops below freezing, and the sky at night is tangled with stars. This is our … Continue reading

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T-rex and Thunder Snow

After returning from a two night hike, all of us are in need of a good breakfast and clean laundry. Luckily for us, Pistol Pete’s Café (where waffles, jackalopes, and T-rex vie for attention) is right across the street from … Continue reading

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The Chill

There’s nothing like a clear, cold mountain stream. In Wyoming, they come straight down from patches of ice above the snow line, and they are filled with moose and brook trout. Our first two-night hike into the mountains gives us … Continue reading

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Red Rhino

Wyoming has many ways of defining “road.” There are highways, dirt roads, fire roads, ranch roads, and last but not least, the jeep trail—a boulder strewn, washed out route over which no one in their right mind would drive a … Continue reading

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Ranch Land and Horse Country

Day two in the field has a few more challenges. The first site Taylor wants to sample is in a town called Story. Though the dike is supposedly on government owned land, the roads to reach it are all privately … Continue reading

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The Leopard Swarm

My first day in the field starts with biscuits and gravy at the Trails End Motel. After passing through Sheridan (a town which advertises karaoke, bingo, and tattoos all under one roof), we head up out of the plain and … Continue reading

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A Treasure Hunt for Magnetic Minerals

The positions of supercontinents are largely unknown for 95 percent of earth’s history. This means that the period which included the rise of life, an increase of oxygen, the formation of continents, and a number of dramatic climate changes, is not geologically … Continue reading

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From Crayons to Cratons

At the end of the week, I’m going on a Yale Geology Department field trip to Wyoming. To some of my friends this seems like the unlikeliest thing in the world, and though I resist an inward outcry when they … Continue reading

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