Colorado Plateau Coring Project

I've just returned from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque where I attended the 2nd workshop for the Colorado Plateau Drilling Project. This is a proposed project to core Triassic and Jurassic rocks of the Colorado Plateau (western U.S.A.) to obtain detailed stratigraphic data including paleomagnetism, palynology, isotopic dates, etc... This project is similar to what was done in the past for the Triassic and Jurassic rocks of the Newark Supergroup (eastern U.S.A.) which has became a global standard for Triassic and early Jurassic paleomagnetism. You can read about the first workshop here.

It was great to spend a few days with friends and colleagues as well as meet many new researchers from around the globe. There were some excellent talks and good field trips. Plus we got the stay one evening at the famous Route 66 El Rancho Hotel in Gallup, NM. I also was able to see the IMAX movie "Dinosaurs Alive" which features my friends Sterling Nesbitt, Randy Irmis, Alan Turner, and Nate Smith working at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. Jeff Martz and I also appear in the film very briefly.

Jeff Martz has more on the meeting and his cool reconstruction of Typothorax here .

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