For the next two weeks, 2011 Emerging Explorer Jørn Hurum will be leading an expedition to Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, continuing the work that has yielded many spectacular fossils through the years (Giant “Sea Monster” Fossil Discovered). Follow the expedition here on Nat Geo NewsWatch.
The fun has started! Today we went to a new excavation site in the Konus valley, walking distance from the camp at the Janus mountain. Some traces of marine reptiles had been observed, but we did not know anything about how complete the fossils would be.
The first days of digging out a fossil is heavy work, at this site we removed approximately 5 tonns of stones today, and we will continue like that for a couple of days, before we get down to the fossils and the “fine” digging and brushing will start.
Some part of the fossils are close to the surface and it is exciting to find out what the new findings could be.
Although the most exciting finds are to be found underground, there are also some beauties on the surface of the Polar desert. The colorful flowers of the Boreal Jacob’s ladder (Polemonium boreale) are a pleasant discovery while anticipation builds over what we will soon find below.