OREGON FIELD GUIDE heads to the Yamhill River to dive with an underwater fossil hunter who makes an amazing discovery right in front of the camera. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, November 25 at 8:30pm (and Sunday, November 28 at 1:30am and 6:30pm) to see how a retired McMinnville police officer has the Midas touch as far as finding prehistoric fossils. We also look at undersea eruptions and salt makers on the Oregon coast.

Fossil Hunter — Mike Full, a retired policeman turned underwater prehistoric detective dons dive gear to crawl along the murky riverbed of the Yamhill River in search of the petrified bones from creatures that roamed the land thousands of years ago. One stretch of this river has yielded an abundance of bones including those from mammoths, mastodon, bison, deer and camels. One particularly remarkable discovery the amateur fossil hunter boasts is 30-40 percent of a skeleton of a mammoth from the late Pleistocene age, including an exceptional tusk. Then, right before FIELD GUIDE cameras, Full emerges with yet another incredible find.

Undersea Eruptions — The only known active undersea volcanoes were recently discovered 1,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean and are a providing a rich source of information about ocean chemistry as ocean chemistry rapidly changes. Scientists have lately begun to use remote cameras to film the eruptions. Among their discoveries are new species that have adapted to the extremes in temperatures and acidity in this startling environment. Their studies may also yield more about how to avert some of the negative impact of the sea’s absorption of greenhouse gases.

Salt Makers — It’s off to the Oregon coast where a group of Lewis and Clark “interpreters” try to give us an idea about what life was like in January and February of 1806 for the expedition members. An important part of their survival was based on trade and making salt from seawater as a group of re-enactors illustrate for curious coastal visitors.

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