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  NY Lake Erie Cliffs

september 2006
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september 2006

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Location description

At the Lake Erie shore, and in the Eighteen Mile Creek area, shales and limestones from the Givetian, middle Devonian period are exposed. In the Ludlowville and Moscow formations (Hamilton Group) you can find trilobites and other fossils. At the cliffs at the lake, collecting is allowed. Allng the Eighteen Mile Creek you first have to ask for permission at the landowner.

In the closeby Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Center in Hamburg you can also collect fossils in an old quarry after paying a small fee. Here you have to dig to get to the trilobite layer. The same formations as in the Eighteen Mile Creek area are exposed here. The Center only open at some saterdays. See http://www.penndixie.org/ for more information.

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The Lake Erie Cliffs are located in the state of New York, 25 kilometres south of Buffalo. The cliffs are at the shores of the lake, at the point where the Eighteen Mile Creek flows in the lake. Eighteen Mile Creek is located between Hamburg and Evans.

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Rolled up trilobites are more common than flat ones. You can also find gastropods, corals, algae, brachiopods, crinoids, and cephalopods.

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Other locations in the area

Fossil location: Elma (Bullis Road Bridge)
Fossil location: Fort Erie (Ridgemount quarry)
Fossil location: Penn Dixie quarry


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