Throwback Thursday: Discover Fossilization

Back in October, former CM speaker Ziggy Khan introduced CM Field Trips to the Mission Science Workshop and ancient treasures. Here’s what you missed.

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Early Friday morning at Mission High School, anxiety is high, whether it’s the flashbacks to your own embarrassing high school experience, or the intimidating stares from cool teens heading to class, whose eyes say “you can’t sit with us”. But around the corner lies a little oasis that both overwhelms and calms the senses. A little space called Mission Science Workshop…

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Ziggy Khan, who previously did a CM talk on the Lakota community in South Dakota, is the Associate Director of Mission Science Workshop. What started as a garage home-education project has turned into a hands-on science center for kids of all ages. For 26 years, these neighborhood workshops have provided informal spaces for children, and now CM Field Trips, to participate in experiments, tinkering, and construction programs. Ziggy introduced us to Bart, our paleontologist for the day. (Basically Dr. Alan Grant IRL)

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Bart talked to us all about fossils, how they’re formed, and where to find them. One of the most important fossil sites in North America is found at Green River, located in western Colorado, eastern Utah, and southwestern Wyoming. The Green River Formation is best known among paleontologists, the scientific community, and collectors for its perfectly preserved fossils of palm trees, turtles, birds, and an abundance of fish.

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In this workshop, we got to handle Green River Formation rocks and use small chisels, hammers, brushes, and dilute (safe) hydrochloric acid to uncover fosils from these ancient treasures.

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At the end of the day, everyone got a fossil to take home. I mean, look at this cute little crab. Just call me Dr. Ellie Sattler (Jurassic Park).

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Thanks to Ziggy Khan, Bart, and the rest of the Mission Science Workshop team for hosting and teaching this workshop. You can find them around the corner from Mission High School and Mission Dolores Park at 3750 18th Street, through the Church Street entrance. All photos taken by Sana Maqsood. Check out more photos from the event on Flickr.