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3 07, 2010

Better Fortune for Dinosaur Hunting by Boat Crew

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Better Weather and Calmer Water Ahead for Scow Crew

The crew of the scow, the “Peter C. Kaisen”, after a difficult start to their epic voyage can look forward to better river rafting conditions over the next few days.  According to Darren Tanke (expedition leader), the weather is improving and the scow has been transported to a part of the Red Deer river with fewer rapids.

The latest update from the dinosaur hunting by boat web log reads:

“Morning of July 2 here now.  We got the scow pulled off the big rock, [the vessel had been stuck on a submerged rock and the scow had to be lifted off and transported to a safer part of the river].  It was a tricky lift for the crane crew but they got the job done.  We drove east and are now at Content Bridge where highway 21 crosses the Red Deer. Here and below, the river is very placid without rapids and moves at about walking speed so will be less technically challenging.  We will be going to Dry Island Buffalo Jump Provincial Park over the next two days.  Mosquitoes dreadful here.  Nice and sunny and looks like a great day for a float.

With luck we may be able to get some pictures of the crew as they continue in the footsteps of the 1910 Barnum Brown dinosaur hunting expedition.

We at Everything Dinosaur are all keeping our fingers crossed hoping that they do not encounter too many more problems.

The scenary in Alberta is truly spectacular, it is also very varied, not surprising really when one considers the size of the province.  The Rockies are truly amazing but having worked in the fossiliferous strata of the Drumheller area for me, it is the amazing “moonscape-like” landscape that was most inspiring.

The Spectacular Scenary of Alberta

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2 07, 2010

Update on the Dinosaur Hunting by Boat Expedition

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Dangerous Water Threatens Scow, Red Deer River proving Difficult to Tame

The brave and hardy adventurers aboard the scow (flat-bottomed river vessel) called the Peter C. Kaisen have encountered more difficulties during their voyage to re-create the dinosaur hunting by boat expedition led by Barnum Brown in 1910.

The latest update from the Dinosaur Hunting by Boat web log reads:

“Another frustrating couple days.  We had Perry come and fix the scow best he could until thundershowers intervened.  After the repairs were done we went to leave and discovered we were high centred on a big rock, no amount of pushing would help.  We could spin the scow around, but not off the rock.  Hours of work and we gained 6 inches. That rock, and our obvious inexperience on this faster stretch of river (leading to the previous accidents) forces me to pull the scow out and move it downstream to a section of river with no big rocks and a gentler gradient and more placid water.  I feel it is simply too dangerous for us rookies to attempt it alone.  It looks easy when you look at the river but once you are on it it is a different story.  Later today, Dan’s Oilfield Service and others will come to our rescue and drag us up the bank or lift us out of the river and take us downstream to Content Bridge where highway 21 crosses the Red Deer River.

The 2010 expedition leader, Darren Tanke is still having problems uploading images, but we are keeping our fingers crossed for him and the rest of the team, so far at least their expedition has been very eventful.

2 07, 2010

China’s Largest Dinosaur Themed Amusement Park Opens

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Dino Theme Park Makes its Debut

China’s largest dinosaur themed amusement park – Dino Theme Park opened yesterday in Beijing (China).  The exhibition which includes many of the most important fossils to be discovered to date in China covers approximately 25,000 square metres and is just a flying reptile’s wing beat away from the Birds Nest stadium which was the centre of the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

The majority of the casts and replicas have been supplied by the nearby Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Palaeoanthropology which is believed to have something like 220,000 fossil specimens in its catalogue.

Curious Visitors Examine a Sauropod

Picture Credit: Sino.com cn

In the picture above, Wang Xiangyuan, the curator of the Palaeozoological Museum of China introduces the dinosaur fossils on display at the dinosaur amusement park.

According to the official publicity for this exhibition, Dino Theme Park aims to provide zero distance contact with the dinosaurs for both children and adults.  The organisers claim that “the giant simulation of dinosaurs and fossil restoration laboratories are dizzying”.

The amusement park has three main exhibition halls namely the “Return to Jurassic”, the “Ice Age Site”, and an “Exploration into the Scientific World of Dinosaurs”.

In the dinosaur inhabited artificial forest of the “Return to Jurassic”, visitors are guaranteed to experience a real time journey back to the Jurassic age with hi-tech sound and visual effects.

While in the “Ice Age Site”, giant models of extinct animals like Smilodon and Woolly Mammoth still roam about the exhibition hall to remind people of the Ice Ages.

During the “Exploration into the Scientific World of Dinosaurs”, a treasured collection of dinosaur fossils are on exhibit.

Commentators have stated that this is the first time the very rare and valuable fossils from Chinese premier palaeontological research institute have been exhibited outside the museum.  In addition, the park will set up a special section for the live show of how to repair the dinosaur fossils.  Professionals from the museum will explain to visitors the process of fossil restoration.

The park is also equipped with a 3-D cinema in which two dinosaur-featured movies imported from the United States will be on show.

1 07, 2010

Scow Party Make Slow Progress on Day 1 of Voyage

By | July 1st, 2010|Dinosaur and Prehistoric Animal News Stories, Dinosaur Fans, Educational Activities, Main Page|0 Comments

Trees, Tiller Trouble and Tornadoes – 1910 Expedition Re-enactment Crew Set Off

Those plucky adventurers attempting to re-create the 1910 Barnum Brown expedition travelling along the Red Deer River in Alberta by scow (flat bottomed, river craft) have encountered some tricky situations already on their epic voyage.

The Peter C. Kaisen (the name of the scow, it being the name of a palaeontology technician at the American Museum of Natural History, one of the assistants to Barnum  Brown), was loaded onto a flat bed trailer on Monday in readiness for its journey later that day to the launch site on the Red Deer River.

The scow was launched and this exciting expedition was finally underway after many years of planning and a great deal of hard work and preparation.  Unfortunately, things did not run quite as smoothly as planned.

Here is an update from the Dinosaur Hunting by Boat web log:

“Not good news I’m afraid.  We got away OK at 3:15 yesterday, but only a couple kilometres downstream hit a bridge piling side on.  Some smashed drinking glasses and ceramic mixing bowls were the only minor damage in the kitchen.  One of the tiller support blocks was smashed but usable, I [Darren Tanke – the expedition’s leader], was able to nail it back together.  After that a leaning tree tried to swipe the tent off the scow.  A collision with the bank shattered the tiller block again, and snapped a tiller clean in two. We then had a rough landing and endured a nasty thunderstorm and we heard of a tornado in the area.  We camped on some flat land right above where we stopped.  We only made 12 kilometres yesterday.  Perry is on his way to do some repairs.  Travelling by scow is very challenging as we are discovering this the hard way.  In places it is swift (10 km/hr.) with shallow rapids, but placid for the most part so far.  We hope to continue on again later today (10 am on the 30th as I write this)”.

With every expedition there are always some “teething” problems to be encountered and overcome, the resilience of the 2010 crew is to be admired and of course, it is only by re-enacting the voyage of the 1910 expedition that  a full appreciation of the difficulties of exploring and mapping the Red Deer River area can be had.

Best of luck to everyone involved – keep going.

To read more about the scow expedition: Spirit of Adventure Lives On with Epic Voyage Along Red Deer River

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