Once we reached Isisford, I spent some time with a fellow palaeo student wandering along the banks of the Barcoo River, while we waited for the weather to clear.
There was clear evidence of the height and energy of the water during the March 2012 floods:
We decided to stay at the race course just out of Isisford, with the ~1 km dirt track drive resulting in lots of super slow driving because of this:
If we'd driven any longer, the mud would have kept caking on, building up to near the wheel arch, and almost certainly bogging us! So, we waited some more for the sun to dry out the mud, and I took the opportunity to photograph the countryside some more.
All in all, although we didn't get to do any digging for dinosaurs, the field trip was pretty fun! And I definitely gained a deeper understanding about the power storms as an erosional forces!
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Dr Caitlin Syme is a palaeontologist who recently finished her PhD at The University of Queensland, studying the taphonomy (preservation state) of fossil non-avian dinosaurs, crocodiles and fish from the Winton Formation, Queensland, Australia. Think forensic science or CSI for fossils, and you're on the right track!
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