Saturday, September 16, 2006

The risks of dinosaur hunting in the Gobi desert

I was looking for a little known dinosaur to do a post about and came across a passage in David Fastovsky's travelogue about a trip to the Gobi desert. I guess it falls into the category of "Wow, that sucked!"
...We cannot carry all the water needed for six weeks. Instead we hunt for wells using old Russian maps and the advice of local herdspeople. The wells were built in the 1960s and consist of large, low cement pyramids, each with a long handle and a trough. Most no longer function, and the housings and troughs have weathered into large, useless cement slabs. Some functioning wells yield surprises: at one well, after fighting biting flies and hauling about 80 gallons of water, bucket by bucket, the last bucket brought up a dead bird...

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