In the summers of 1996, 1997, and 1998 I was a member of a research team from

the American Museum of Natural History and the Mongolian Academy of Sciences

that did field work on Cretaceous strata and fossils in the Gobi of southern Mongolia.

The photos below were chosen to show the landscapes, logistical problems, and

research activities. Three books contan more info on these expeditions, "Time

Traveller" and "Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs" by Michael Novacek and

"The Secret Life of Dust" by Hannah Holmes.


desert pavement, northern Gobi

asking directions at an isolated ger

two gers on the move

intrepid sedimentologist


1997 expedition members

pumping a desert well


fuel tanker stuck in mud


expedition on the move


Oviraptor claw on outcrop, Ukhaa Tolgod


Oviraptor skeleton fully excavated


ankylosaur skeleton, Ukhaa Tolgod


artifacts from Gobi dunes


jacketed fossils ready for transport, Ukhaa Tolgod


large mammal skull, Ukhaa Tolgod


camp visitor, Tugregeen


early-cemented dune cross-strata, Flaming Cliffs

fluvial and eolian strata, Flaming Cliffs

Flaming Cliffs sunset

hedgehog, Ukhaa Tolgod