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Sediment: Volcanic ash Eifel Germany
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  NV Buffalo Canyon

january 2014
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january 2014

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Location description

In Buffalo canyon diatomite from the Buffalo Canyon Formation is exposed. The diatomite is from the middle Miocene (18 million years old), part of the Neogene period. More than sixty species of plant fossils were found here. The paleoclimate was more moderate than present.

The fossils are preserved in lake sediments that are largely made ​​up of the tiny skeletons of diatoms. The plants have fallen into rivers als flowed into the lake and fossilized. The fossil plants are white to light brown and are sometimes nicely contrasting with the sediment. The best place to look is in the vicinity of dark gray layers of volcanic ash.

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Buffalo canyon is located in the south of the State of Nevada, east of Fallon.
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Plant fossils (including seeds) of conifers and deciduous trees.

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