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Added in: december 2013
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Geology site description:

In 1982 dinosaur tracks were found after a flood at the Clayton Lake dam. There are about 500 dinosaur footprints of Ornithopods found, but the exact species is not known. Also traces of crocodiles were found.

The trackss have been preserved in sandstone deposits of the Dakota Group from the lower Cretaceous period, and are around 100 million years old. The tracks were made ‚Äč‚Äčalong the shore of a former sea strait (Western Interior Seaway) through the American continent. The dimensions of the footsteps are up about 35 centimeter. There is a landscaped walkway to view the tracks. Also, there are information panels
provided. The tracks are best visible when the sun is low at the beginning or end of the day.


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Clayton Lake is located in the northeast of the state of New Mexico, approximately 15 kilometers north west of Clayton.

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