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Highlights from “Amargosa From the Inside Out” on March 23, 2024

Mar 23, 2024 | Event Photos

Amargosa from the Inside Out

Darrel gave to the group an overview of regional Amargosa geology, including a general timeline of 1.7 billion years to the present, early life on earth and its recording in layers delineated on the interpretive sign next to the museum.

Amargosa from the Inside Out

Darrel presented the Great Unconformity, where younger sediments in the Crystal Spring Formation were deposited on 1.7 billion year old basement rocks

Amargosa from the Inside Out

Stromatolites are the rock record of microbial films that photosynthesized and added to the oxygen in Earth’s ancient atmosphere

Amargosa from the Inside Out

Ross Dykman, steward of the Tecopa Noonday, War Eagle, and Columbia mines, displaying and interpreting century old miner graffiti, in this case indicating displeasure with the political regime of the 1920’s. There were many such examples throughout the Noonday mine that we toured. It was like a time capsule. Several displays of artifacts, such as rills, carbide lamps, and everyday miner essentials were carefully laid out. We got to experience what it was like to mine with candlelight and Ross gave the tour with a carbide lamp that he revived.

Amargosa from the Inside Out

Ross displaying exposed Galena (lead and silver mix) along the Noonday mine. Participants each had an opportunity to view and hold samples extracted from deeper levels. Examples of smooth wall surfaces due to slide faulting were also pointed out.

Amargosa from the Inside Out

The post-event reception meal consisted of salad, bugers, hot dogs, charcuterie, finger sandwiches, and other handheld munchies. Everyone enjoyed ending a terrific day with yummy food and drinks.