In March, I spent two days on planes and in airports, five days in India, and two more days in transit. Short time in the field, but it was worth it. We went to collect paleosols from the K-Pg boundary on the eastern edge of the Deccan Traps, with the end goal of doing carbon and iron analyses.
After a midnight-to-8-am layover in Mumbai, we flew into Nagpur to meet with our collaborators from Nagpur University. (For a first time mega-jetlag experience, it was a doozy. Trying to talk to people in meetings, let alone stay awake, was a problem.) After a crash two-hour nap and a nice dinner, my field partner and I slept hard. Then we spent four days looking at Cretaceous and Paleocene rocks, all intertrappean beds of the Deccan Traps. Some paleosols, some lake beds, most hydrothermally altered – but not all. We’d also hoped to collect a few plant fossils, but the key sections didn’t yield much. We saw roadside shrines and drank chai and photographed only one of many monkeys spotted. (Sadly, no tigers were seen.) One camel on the sidewalk. Many feral dogs. An oxcart race on the drive back from the last field stop of the trip. It was a short blip of fieldwork, but I think we both got a lot out of it.
Me with a particularly wavy contact, looking very much like a geologist. #dorkyfieldhat