EARTH'S HISTORY - LAB
Fossils tell a story about an area. They provide the stories of rocks
that would otherwise be in many cases, just rocks. In this lab we will
highlight two areas that are on two different continents. There are many
other fossil localities in the world that have similar stories. In your
travels, you should always ask what does this fossil represent and what
clue does it provide to understand the geologic history?
Morocco is on the African continent in the northeastern portion
facing the Mediterranean and Atlantic Oceans. This area has been known
for centuries as a fossil hunterís paradise. The Atlas Mountains
contain some of the most beautifully preserved fauna in the world. The
fossils represent two similar environments (marine) but with different
Capitola is a small beach community on the central California coast.
Many swimmers and surfers look at the cliffs while they are in the
water, but most never look at the secrets of the cliffs. Layers of
layers of invertebrate fossils embedded in the sandstones and mudstone,
tell a story of death on the high seas.
Red marks Capitola, California