Tools & Equipments

Fossil Hunting at England’s Beaches

The fossils have been a fantasy for almost every one of us at some ages of our lives. The Hollywood movies and the animations tremendously influenced many of us to seek more about the origin and identity of fossils. The fossils of Dinosaurs may be the first thing that arises in our minds when we hear of fossils. But it’s a truth that outside the walls of a museum or university, there is astounding collection of these remains at the beaches or coasts of England.
kids-fossil-collecting2-300x200Before the journey to fossils, it is advisable to have a journal research regarding the places to visit. The Fossil masses can be seen at the England beaches like the Jurassic Coast in East Devon and Dorset, the Isle of Wight and the east Coast of Yorkshire. The Charmouth at Dorset has cliffs of Jurassic ocean floors where life existed over 200million years ago. When the cliffs crashed into the sea, the waves swept them away leaving behind the fossils on to the shores. There are also skeletons of giant reptiles and other endangered species. The skeleton of Scelidosaurus, the herbivorous species among dinosaurs, was discovered in December 2000. They inhabit the tropical islands around Charmouth.
The favourable time for fossil search is from April through November. Winter keeps the sea rough, giving a more clear vision of fossils. The dangerous tides can be a challenge and safety measures are to be followed.

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The Journey To Collect Minerals

The mineral collection seems to baffle at first, however the passionate mineral lovers graduate quickly in the search for the treasures lying under the earthen layers. Every mineral collection is unique and it’s the personal interest lies with the collector. Before collecting, tap those abundant literary resources, read mineral publications, create a network with masters of rocks. The next step would be the choice of land to start collecting. Safety first followed by permission to access the place. Plan a short visit to some museums or international shows on Mineral exhibitions to see the natural beauty in front of you. Identify your interest and what you look into the field really matters.

Some of the tools that help the collection is as follows. The Estwing prybar and crack hammer are the pre-requisites on every field trip. The more heavy the hammer, the larger the size of the specimen you have in your cart. Then safety within the woods is important as there is the probability of losing your path when it is dark. Mobile maps and GPS can sort you only to a limited extent due to the selective signal availability of the service providers. They cannot capture signals in the mountains or lower horizons. Procuring an altimeter reduces the scene, the pressure sensor and LCD display indicates the altitude and weather conditions.

handkimberliteAn internal frame backpack is the most suited carriage for all your specimens. It not only holds in large rocks but also balance the weight through the hips, that enable us for an easy walk. Perspiration and dehydration due to heat often turn down the pleasure of your journey through woods. It often wet the clothes and socks. With Coolmax T-shirt and sunglasses gives a more comfortable hike with good vision. Apart from that, the pocket tools and sledgehammer too can assist the trip making it a memorable one.

Basic Tools For Geologists

The close analysis of rocks, sediments minerals and other substances which are invisible to the naked eye are challenging tasks to the field mineralogists. If they are equipped with a portable hand lens, things will go easy and quick. Identification of the rocks and sands, the shape and size and sometimes their design are the common difficulties faced by them. Field trips and observations largely aid to identify the specimen, however, some minute features are often misinterpreted due to lack of a lens or magnifier.

The size and shape of fossils, crystals or even sand can be a hurdle when a large number of specimens is dealt at once. Many field workers use a hand lens and are seen tied around their neck or shirt pocket. There are also other tools that accompany them during their excavations into the dense world of mineral sands. Rock hammer, hand lens, camera, topographic map, field notebook, and Brunton compass are some of the tools that favour a geologist most commonly.

img_1335The hand lens is a small portable magnifying glass with a magnification of 10x. It easily slides into the pocket, opens the protected mode when not in operation, preventing scratches and ruins. It is handy, and weightless so as to tie the cord around the neck with a knot beneath the pivot hinge. The Kruss Pocket Loup is the most convenient tool among all glasses. It fits into the pockets, wallets or even in vehicles. It comes with the leather casket and also protected to reserve lens inside a desk drawer or bookshelf. It’s also 10x power glasses which finds application over extensive areas like gemology, jewelry check, printing, coin/stamp collection etc.

The soft leather lanyard from Gfeller is another tool where the lens is attached and can be easily worn around the neck. These help to prevent the risk of loss of keys, knife or lens.