By Ted Satterfield
Even though I love being an editor, it can get pretty monotonous, which is why I love being an editor at the OGS. I occasionally get to leave the office, go outside and do something cool. Being able to spend a day digging for crystals in the Great Salt Plains is probably the coolest field trip I’ve had so far.
I am relaunching a publication that’s run at the Survey for over 70 years: The Oklahoma Geology Notes. In the new format, my colleague Jennifer Morris, who is in charge of education and outreach, is writing an educational section that features fun geological things to do in Oklahoma. For the first issue, she is writing about crystals and how to find them in the Salt Plains. I came along to take photos and, since I was there, I went ahead and dug for crystals.
If you haven’t done this, it’s a blast! The Great Salt Plains is located in northwest Oklahoma, near the town of Jet. Haven’t heard of Jet? It’s about an hour west of Enid. It’s kind of in the middle of nowhere, but I’m learning that when it comes to geological experiences, the “middle of nowhere” is the place to be.
If you are interested in crystal digging in the Salt Plains, you should pick up the upcoming issue of Geology Notes. Jennifer goes into great details about where to go, what to bring, and how to find crystals.
But for this blog, I’d mostly like to showcase some of the photos I took. The Salt Plains is a wonderful destination for a photographer, and since there are limits to what can run in the Geology Notes, I’m going to share some of the photos I liked, but that didn’t make the cut for the publication. Top 10 in no particular order are as follows:
The weather was perfect. The sky was kind of ridiculously beautiful. The only break I didn’t catch on that day was with birds. Usually there are migrating birds all over the place, but unfortunately we didn’t see any.
It was a bummer, but oh well, I’ve got an excuse to go back.