Weather

SUMMARY: Peter Fenton, technician at the Royal Ontario Museum, discusses some of the challenges of collecting fossils in the Burgess Shale localities, particularly the problems that can be posed by the weather. (:54)

Fossil hunters on steep hill in snow and rain
DESCRIPTION: Fossil hunters on steep hill in snow and rain

"You're high up enough that it's not uncommon to get snow and not just snow flurries, but blizzards up on the side of the mountain. One year, I think my last year, we were snowed in for over a week with probably, oh, 20 cm of snow that was just caving in."

Snowed-in camp, fossil hunters digging out
DESCRIPTION: Snowed-in camp, fossil hunters digging out

"We actually sent out most of our crew, there were three of us that remained in the camp just to maintain it, but it was … everything was shut down. You can't deal with that much snow and work. So the weather is obviously unpredictable."

Rain in Walcott quarry, fossil hunters working in rain
DESCRIPTION: Rain in Walcott quarry, fossil hunters working in rain

"Some years it's great."

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