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Site 3: Fossils Found
This site had LOTS of coral, particularly the colonial coral, Tetradium, rolling down the hill cut from the Saluda layer at the top.
This member found a big chunk of coral that had large holes in it that had
filled in with Calcite crystals.
At the top of the cut, you could see massive quantities of coral, attached to
the hillside in a coral reef.
Upon close examination, you can easily identify the surface as coral by broken
edges having a tightly arranged tabulate structure. (shown below).
If an entire coral head is broken, you can see a circular pattern.
Unbroken, the surface of the coral appears to be covered with tiny bumps,
similar to bryozoan, but recognizable as coral.
Entire and parital round heads of Tetradium coral were falling down from this
Other types of colonial coral were found coming out of this layer, as well. The
one below looks much like the solitary coral, Grewingkia, but is colonial rugose
Other finds included this, very nice and unusual clam that was preserved in a
partially open position. Nice find!
Hope you enjoyed the pictures!
Next Field Trip: May 24, 2003: The Famous Mt Orab Trilobite Farm
Site 1: Collecting || Fossils Found || More Fossils Found || Microfossils Found || Collecting Microfossils
Site 2: Collecting || Fossils Found
Site 3: Collecting || Fossils Found
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