Scott here, with my first blog, welcoming you to the site. I am very excited to be a part of this project, and am looking forward to sharing with you.
I am responsible for the documentation of the expedition, and I will be using some really cool tech to capture the adventure and help you become part of the excitement. So, if you are a tech buff, or are really interested in dinosaurs, or maybe you love the multifaceted world of Geology (pun intended), you will want to follow along as I put technology to the test, discover the incredible beauty of the American west, or follow along as we try to unlock secrets to the lives and deaths of a great group of creatures that roamed our planet many millions of years ago!
I’m giddy as a kid in a candy store, because I have been entrusted with some really cool stuff. I want to start with the introduction of the device that gave Dr. Hunt the idea for this project.
The Niton XRF T3 GOLDD X-ray Fluorescence Analyzer.
This little beauty uses gamma rays to establish the Spectroscopy Elemental Isotope content of stuff. The technology is cutting edge because now field analyses is available whereas before samples had to be taken and packaged and sent to a lab somewhere where a big room filling machine was used to determine a fractional portion of what this handheld unit can determine now in a matter of seconds. Then, the results from the big machine were sent back to the scientist; who then had to build a database documenting the contents and the location.
Now, with a push of a couple of buttons, an entire days collection can be downloaded to a computer and placed into a spreadsheet with a list of makeup, location ( there is a GPS built right in), and field notes taken at the same time the sample was analyzed. Wow, Incredible, right? Yup.
As this expedition gets more underway there will a lot more info about this wondrous little gadget.
Stay tuned, there is a lot more stuff to come…