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Southern Arizona Fossils
Thursday, 20 October 2011
First trip of the "season" with out much to show....

We'll the weather has cooled off enough for us to actually enjoy long climbs up the sides of steep hills. This generally affords us the opportunity to see things that not many other folks have. We decided to take a bit of a gamble on the most recent trip to the Sonoita area and look through areas that look impressive on the map and from Google Earth, but we could not find a lot of information on these specific areas. We searched most of the day for an isolated outcrop of Mural Limestone that looked easy to find on the map, but was actually quite concealed by vegetation and steep canyons. We finally did find the outcrop but it contained a typical assemblage of small early Cretaceous Molluscs. We've seen better. We did snap a couple of pictures of the best fossils we could find. We also stumbled on a few fragments of petrified wood in the  lower Cintura Formation just above the Mural Limestone. Again, not too impressive. We spent the best part of the next day looking over some outcrops of lower Earp formation, with not much to show. We finished off the trip walking a couple of canyon floors looking for anything interesting. We did see a few Mississippian corals which we photographed, but again we've seen better. Still a great adventure in the beautiful Arizona back country, and the trip was definitely worth it. At least we know now where not to look . You can see the photos we did snap Here. We've also snapped some cool wildlife which you can catch Here.


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Southern Arizona Fossils

Posted by saffossils at 7:15 PM MDT

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