USA - Pacific States forum: Santa Monica Mountains, California - July 2010 - Fossils

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ImageKelli
Aug 4, 2010 2:02 PM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
These are along what is called the Fossil Ridge Trail. We had not gone on that trail before but the geologic map showed that the fossils were located not all that far from the trailhead. Otherwise, it looks like most of the trail is very steep.

California buckwheat is finishing up its blooming.
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The fossils looked better in real life than they turned out in the photos, but here goes.

scallops
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oyster
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clam
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The hill with the antennas is Saddle Peak. The haze on the far right is from the fire that was burning up at Palmdale, about 50 miles away.
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the Cold Creek valley
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Imagevic
Aug 5, 2010 4:32 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Stunning photos Kelli!

Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and beautiful state with us!

vic
ImageKelli
Aug 5, 2010 10:04 AM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
You're welcome. It's a great state, but they all are!
Imageadinamiti
Aug 6, 2010 10:43 AM CST
Name: Adina Dosan
Balotesti, Romania
Kelli, great photos! So, this area was a sea once?
Adina
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ImageKelli
Aug 6, 2010 11:16 AM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
Yes, everything around here was once under water, though these fossils are now at 2300 ft elevations. All of the fossils around here are marine. The fossils in this thread are from the Miocene age, which was before the Ice Age but after the dinosaurs.
Imageadinamiti
Jul 16, 2011 9:02 AM CST
Name: Adina Dosan
Balotesti, Romania
So cool! Catching up.... Are you going there again?
Adina
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ImageKelli
Jul 16, 2011 10:29 AM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
I don't know. We usually don't decide where we are going until the day before.

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