|First evening in Tempe, AZ. A lovely view from my appartment.|
|SIMS lab. Time spent: 7 days watching the screens.|
After several days of countless boron isotope ratio measurements I sneaked out. Took a car and drove north!
|On the interstate. Endless driving. A very meditating activity.|
|Grand Canyon South Rim! Worth every hour on the road! Note the perfect weather for monsoon season.|
|If you watch closely you will find the Colorado river in the lower left.|
|Making contact to the locals.|
After spending a long detour...
|...I got to see my first hectorite mine! The owner was so kind to meet-up with me. We spent an hour talking and filling sample bags (Which almost got me arrested a few days later. But I will share that anecdote another time).|
|The mine owner recommend a country-side route away from the interstate to return to Phoenix. No other car for two full hours. Amazing!|
The hectorite has since been XRDed, cut into thin-sections, and looked at by ESEM/EDX.
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