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Field work

If you are looking for information on opportunities to go out into the field check for an announcement. If you can't wait or want to know about sites outside of our field trips you can always contact the club.

This is a place holder until on of our veteran "paleozoic predators" helps write up a more complete one.

Basic ethics you should keep in mind:
- Do not collect on someone's property without permission
- Make sure your find is identified and available for research purposes (if it is at all unusual)
- Always take note of the exact location in which the fossil was found
- Do not damage surrounding material unnecessarily

Quarry safety:
- Rocks can chip especially under a hammer and chisel. Always wear certified eye protection.
- Rocks can shift while you are working on them or simply walking. Always wear SA certified steel toe boots.
- Stay away from the bottom of cliffs (rocks can fall a long way from the edge), the top of cliffs (you can fall a long way from the edge), pools of standing water (rock dust prevents awareness of depth).
- Carry drinking water. It can be a long walk if you become dehydrated
- Gloves are also good to avoid small cuts and damage from rock dust. Note: Unlike the others this is not necessary.

Basic techniques:
- Watch for repeating patterns -they tend to be the result of organisms
- Always turn over rocks -the good material will be on the underside
- Split rocks that contain fossils -the best material may be inside (layers of fossils will weaken the rock along this line)
- If it is recommended by one of our club experts consider getting your specimen professionally cleaned

Gear and tools:
Noduling techniques:
Nodule splitting techniques:

Oh, and a few things that we recommend to not actually be useful "in the field"...

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