The Summer of the T-Rex Dinosaurs
Glade Park, Colo.
In the late Jurassic time the sea to the west eventually dried up either because it was filled with sediments or because the land rose above sea level. These sediments were later compacted into the brightly colored siltstone, mud stone and sandstone now known as the Morrison Formation. The Morrison is best exposed in the East of the Redlands outside Grand Junction, Colo., where bare rocks are carved into badlands, like the famous ones in South Dakota, Utah and Montana.
The most famous dinosaur locality near the Monument is Riggs Hill, where in 1900, the late Elmer Riggs of the Field Columbian Museum (now the Chicago Natural History Museum) dug out part of the first known skeletons of the Brontosaurus.
The Dinosaur Museum in Fruita, Colo., is one of the finest Labs in Colorado for putting together small pieces of dinosaur bone from all over the states. John Foster, the Paleontologist and volunteers spend many hours in the Lab cleaning 150 million years of sediment off the sometimes minute pieces of fossil to make a vertebrae or a part of the dinosaurs anatomy. The museum is full of prehistoric animals and a children’s area, where they can hunt for dinosaur bones and stand on a real live earthquake, and it really quakes!
Now, comes the Summer of the T-Rex, the exhibition at the Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita, Colo., with a heart pounding temporary exhibit about the tyrant king. The 50-foot long and 18-foot high robot model was created by Jack Hull, of Wonder Works, who has consulted with renowned paleontologists to painstakingly design the accurate reconstruction (as in the movie Jurassic Park). The dinosaur wandered this area 800 millions years ago.
This exhibit also includes a robotic juvenile Tyrannosaurus and will be on exhibition until September. Parents, bring the kids out to see what the dinosaurs were like on the earth millions of years ago and let them hear the sometimes, scary roars of these animals.
Whilst you are in the area, why not visit the Museum of Western Colorado, and see the history of Grand Junction and surrounding areas.
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This the first in a six-part series of articles covering basic water law in the United States, predominately in the western part of the country, and how it affects this finite resource.