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The first historical records of the petrified trees of Yellowstone National Park came from trappers in the first half of the 19th century, some of whom developed exaggerated stories about the Yellowstone country and about the petrified trees.
Other fossil forests in the northeastern part of the park are found in the Cache Creek Area, and on both sides of Soda Butte Creek and the Lamar Valley.
This booklet The Yellowstone Fossil "Forests" is the outcome from Dr.
immediately flood one's mind, and in some cases may remain there forever, as the relic from the past is contemplated.
Despite this evidence of violent breakage, green stick fractures are almost unknown (note Figure 5 for a rare exception).
Horizontal logs found near the broken tops of erect stumps never appear to belong to the stump as determined by size, rings, or species.
It is an opportunity for us to reflect on the language and ideas that represented each year.The most spectacular of the fossil forests can be found along the drainage of Specimen Creek in the northwest corner of the park (Figure 2). Note petrified trees left of center on the sloping ridge below the cliffs. One of the spectacular exposures of petrified trees in the Specimen Creek area in the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park. Map of Yellowstone National Park, Teton National Park, and surrounding areas showing the locations (numbers 1 to 9) of several petrified forests. Stratigraphy The Eocene to Oligocene deposits containing the fossil forests consist mainly of multiple layers of volcanic conglomerates and breccias (angular pebbles and boulders) interspersed with volcanic ash and occasional flows of basalt.In addition, significant petrified forests are located north of the park in the Tom Minor Basin and surrounding mountains, as well as south of the park in the Stratified Primitive Area north of Dubois, Wyoming (Figure 3). This series of volcanic tree-containing deposits rests on various surfaces, although most often they overlie Cambrian or Mississippian beds.His drive for answers is equaled only by the prospector bitten by the gold bug or the diver searching for the lost Spanish galleon. Coffin's narrative on the Yellowstone Fossil Forest it is my wish that you will not only become enthralled with the Fossil Forest but that you will also recognize and appreciate the careful scientific work that has brought Dr. There is still a list of unanswered questions that continue to beckon researchers for answers.If you feel a desire for adventure, why not consider the intrigue of a fossil forest? INTRODUCTION The Petrified Forests of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and Montana are perhaps the most spectacular and extensive petrified forests in the world and have stimulated scientific investigations for over 100 years.