Documenting the Kakwa Provincial Park

Dinosaur Track Site

The PRPRC received a permit from B.C. Parks to begin work on the documentation of the dinosaur track site within Kakwa Provincial Park. With the helicopter support provided by CGG Veritas, museum palaeontologists were able to fly in to the area with enough equipment and supplies to make a start on this large project with a four week duration.

PRPRC palaeontologist Lisa Buckley traveling to Kakwa Provincial Park in a large helicopter (204).

 

A Hoary Marmot greets the expedition upon arrival.

 

A portion of the expedition camp site. The tents were moved around every few days to lessen the impact on the fragile alpine environment.

 

PRPRC technician Mlle. Tammy Pigeon preparing supper in the mess tent.

 

The expedition recovered several track-bearing blocks from the talus piles below the track wall.

 

A number of ropes were set up to allow access to the 60o track face.

 

Palaeontologist Rich McCrea geared up for work on the vertical track face.

 

Palaeontologist Lisa Buckley examining tracks and trackways on the main surface.

 

Two natural mould theropod tracks (medium-left, small-right) on the vertical face.

 

The areas in white are latex replica moulds under preparation. These moulds can be used to make exact replicas of small sections of a track surface, but the materials are costly and the process is lengthy.

 

A large latex track surface replica, cured and recovered from the track face. This latex peel can be conveniently rolled up for transport to the museum.

 

Part of the fleet of three helicopters provided by CGG Veritas to transport the expedition and specimens back to the museum at the end of the project.