I know ripples are pretty common, and I know they aren't great paleocurrent indicators. They are, however, good environmental indicators and for me, seeing a big rippled surface in the field is pretty exciting, especially when it is far away from anywhere it could have formed. What excites me is that they are evidence of tectonics. They've been buried, they've moved, they've been uplifted and they've been exposed.
There's just something about being up on a ridge, far away from any water and even farther away from a beach, and seeing ripples. It's sexy geology.
|Ripples on Dinosaur Ridge, Colorado.|
Embiggen to see the scale bar in bottom left.
|Ripples in the Puchuni Valley, on the Bolivian Altiplano.|
No scale, because this was above me on a narrow path on the edge of a steep hill.