Mark Nelson (Teacher-Ranger-Teacher) accompanied us in the field last summer and recorded us discussing some of the geological and paleontological features of the park. He has edited these into 10 - 15 minute clips for You Tube, which is the first time the park has been officially featured on this site. You can check them out at the links below. I think they are not bad for a first attempt, however, I'd like to do some shorter clips (~ 5 mins. max) on some of the behind the scenes stuff at the park as well as explaining other aspects of the paleontology and geology. Anyone have any requests or ideas for some short and interesting clips? I think next time we'll try to be a little more excited... ;).
Evident Renewal (A visit to the badlands of the Painted Desert located in the Petrified Forest National Park with Bill Parker: paleontologist and Tammo Reichgelt; Utrecht University researcher as they discuss climate change and impacts on Earth's five mass extinctions. Filmed and edited on location by Mark Nelson TRT and Chicago artist 2010).
Triassic Waters (Follow Bill Parker: Paleontologist and Jeff Martz: Physical Scientist, into the badlands of the Painted Desert as they explore soil erosion and geological formations dating back to the Late triassic Epoch in the Petrified Forest National Park. Filmed and edited on location by Mark Nelson TRT and Chicago artist 2010).
Mud to Museum (Visit with fossil preparator Kenneth Bader in the Petrified Forest National Park preparation laboratory. Filmed and edited on location by Mark Nelson TRT and Chicago artist 2010).
Rats, Bats, and Artifacts (Matt Smith, museum curator and preparator takes us on a "behind the scenes" look at the assorted collection of paleo fossils, treasures, and relics in the vaults of the Petrified Forest National Park center. Filmed and edited on location by Mark Nelson TRT and Chicago artist 2010).
The Early Exploration and Geology of the Chamois Mountains
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