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ChrisF's Dirt and Rock Pairings
This stage crosses mainly the Maestrazgo area, made up of Jurassic and Cretaceous rocks (between 205 and 65 million years old). Almost all the rocks featured in this stage were formed in coastal regions. Some were formed under the sea, others come from continental deposits, containing terrestrial animal fossils. Of all the fossils, the most interesting are those of different types of dinosaurs. With the formation of alpine mountain ranges, the rocks were elevated until they formed the Maestrazgo Mountain Ranges and the topography through which this stage passes.
I just returned from the San Juan Islands, our last blip of vacation. Setting aside my long soliloquy on marbled murrelets, that place is a geologic dumping ground. Apparently the islands are made up of whatever got scraped up in the Pangea era from northward moving glaciers and mangled into a set of foothill-type islands. The folding bands of rock are pretty cool, but there's also a ton of conglomerate -- just huge bands of rock that is very obviously made up of whole chunks of stuff banded together. The conglomerate dates back to dinosaur eras. Meaning, one of these days, someone is going to turn up some pretty great fossils in Puget Sound. But when, that's the question. Also, with real estate skyrocketing, the number of good dig sites is going down. Anyway...
Peniscola looks like a fine place to stop for a day. Except they pick up and transfer down the coast to Castellon instead. Lots of transfers this week. Just what the doctor didn't order. Profile:
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