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Mail Tribune 100, July 1, 1922

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July 1, 1922


Members of the University of Oregon geology summer camp, who have been camped on Griffin creek near the Geary orchards during the past two weeks, while examining fossiliferous areas and rock formations in the Siskiyou mountain range, on Monday will leave for the Oregon Caves to study the work of the underground waters, which have carved and molded the famous “marble halls.” Dr. Earl Packard, head of the geology department of the university and leader of the party of student geologists, is anxious to visit the caves at this time since fossil bones have recently been discovered embedded in the subterranean passageways. Dr. Packard is recognized as a paleontologist, having written several works dealing with prehistoric life.

According to Dr. Packard the trip to the caves will be made on foot by the entire group unless members of the party can get in touch with motorists driving to the caves next week. The geologists will travel across the hills with light packs and expect to reach the caves in three days. The students will spend several days studying the caves and the adjoining territory and will return to Medford on July 8, the final day of the summer camp covering a period of three weeks.

Should the geologists find fossil animal remains in the caves, Dr. Packard has announced he will request the university to wire to Washington, D. C., for permission to excavate in the caves at this time. The university department of geology three years ago was granted a permit to conduct research work of a geologic nature in the Oregon Caves, but the departmental instructors were unable to use the permit.

Several new species of prehistoric life have been discovered by the geologists in their explorations of the Medford hills during the past two weeks, according to members of the party.

Chester Fitch, an orchardist who lives near Medford, has directed the university men to numerous fossil localities and has assisted them in finding interesting sections. Mr. Fitch, who is a college man, is interested in the natural sciences and has a varied collection of faunal life. Some sixteen new species of littoral life of the ancient Cretaceous seas have been found by the geologists since arriving in Medford, according to Dr. Packard.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com