little things for big places: None of them knew, but once the ancient ice had melted and there became a Colorado Sea—more water than they had ever seen. The Rocky Mountains were small and grew slow in those days. With their growth a fire erupted, the rocks and the sea shook. The sea left shale and sand that turned to stone. Then the sea receded and a long plain opened from the mountains to the sea. Under this plain lay the Supersaurus bones. On this plain stood the farm, where days always came again. The days always turned to nights and back to mornings. Sometimes the rain and the wind would come and mix with the purple tinged stalks of the velvetleaf weeds. The weeds flung seeds everywhere, crowding the young, green tops of the sugar beets sitting in their rows. Sun always came back after the rain. The velvetleaf weeds were denser by the minute.