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The Seattle mammoth tusk – a first hand account

Photo from Burke Museum Facebook page.

Photo from Burke Museum Facebook page.

Whether you were caught up in the ballyhoo over last week’s mammoth tusk find in Seattle, or not, you may find a first-hand report by UW biology grad student Dave DeMar of interest. Dave was one of the small crew who excavated the tusk. Click to read Dave’s posting. Also, here is a link to a Burke Museum Facebook page with a number of photos of the excavation and rescue: including cute kids cheering and showing their fan club banners. Prominent in the photos are advertizing banners hung in the pit by the various contractors associated with the construction project. Thanks to David B. Williams for sending these links to me via his excellent GeologyWriter blog. His analysis of all the hoopla is great; heck, his blog is always a good read. I’ll repeat his kudos to the construction workers who knew to stop when they uncovered the first glimpse of the tusk in the excavation.

The rescue of the mammoth tusk brought back fond memories of the discovery and rescue of the fossil footprint of the giant bird Diatryma fromthe Chuckanut Formation near Kendall, Washington in 2010. Here is the page that links to all the stories on this blog about that fun adventure!

John Scurlock Snow & Spire photo presentation- Burke Museum, Seattle

The Heart of the Distant Mountain – Photographic Flights across Western North America

Mount Shuksan in winter, from Snow & Spire.

Join photographer and pilot John Scurlock, author of Snow & Spire: Flights to Winter in the North Cascade Range. for  a presentation of his winter aerial photos in the North Cascades and the mountains of western North America.

Wednesday, Feb. 1st, 7:00 – 8:30pm at the Burke Museum
Free admission and open to everyone!

The doors open at 6:30pm; program starts at 7pm at the Burke Museum in the U District at the corner of 17th Ave NE and NE 45th St. Come early to get seats, and look at or purchase John’s new book.

Flying in his home-built airplane, John has amassed an amazing collection of photos of the mountains of the Northwest — jagged peaks, hundreds of glaciers, and vast untouched land as far as the eye can see. John’s stunning images and hair-raising tales have been assembled into a new book, Snow & Spire: Flights to Winter in the North Cascade Range, which is drawing praise far and wide.

The cover of Snow and Spire.

This presentation is hosted by Methow Conservancy. John has contributed photographs to both Northwest Geology Field Trips and Mount Baker Volcano Research Center.

Directions:
* From I-5, exit east onto NE 45th Street. Travel east on NE 45th Street to 17th Avenue NE. Turn right onto 17th. The museum will be immediately on your right.

* From Highway 520, exit north onto Montlake Boulevard NE. Turn left onto NE Pacific Street. Turn right and head north on 15th Avenue NE. Turn right and head east on NE 45th St. Take your next right on 17th Avenue NE. The museum will be immediately on your right.

Parking is available at the Burke Museum for $5 after 5pm