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The Pompeii of trees: 300 million-year-old forest preserved by volcanic ash found beneath Chinese...
Daily Mail ^ | Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012 | Ted Thornhill

Posted on 02/24/2012 5:39:14 PM PST by SunkenCiv

A 300-million-year-old forest has been found preserved by volcanic ash, just as the Roman town of Pompeii was.

The remarkable discovery was made near a coal mine at the city of Wuda in China, by a University of Pennsylvania scientist and Chinese researchers.

The study site is unique as it gives a snapshot of a moment in time. Because volcanic ash covered a large expanse of forest over the course of only a few days, the plants were preserved as they fell, in many cases in the exact locations where they grew.

'It's marvellously preserved,' said Hermann Pfefferkorn, a paleobotanist from Penn's Department of Earth and Environmental Science.

'We can stand there and find a branch with the leaves attached, and then we find the next branch and the next branch and the next branch. And then we find the stump from the same tree. That's really exciting.'

The researchers also found some smaller trees with leaves, branches, trunk and cones intact, preserved in their entirety.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; china; coalmine; fossilizedforest; godsgravesglyphs

Full title: "The Pompeii of trees: 300 million-year-old forest preserved by volcanic ash found beneath Chinese coal mine".
Rock on: Fossilised trees have been found on other sites -- this one was discovered embedded in a quarry face above Bacup, Lancashire

The Pompeii of trees: 300 million-year-old forest preserved by volcanic ash found beneath Chinese coal mine

1 posted on 02/24/2012 5:39:16 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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To: Renfield

Whoops.

300 million year old fossilized forest discovered under coal mine in China
ZME Science | 2/21/12
Posted on 02/22/2012 4:01:42 AM PST by LibWhacker
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2849699/posts


2 posted on 02/24/2012 5:41:25 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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Just adding, not pinging.


3 posted on 02/24/2012 5:42:16 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


4 posted on 02/24/2012 5:42:27 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Where’s the rest of the guy?


5 posted on 02/24/2012 5:48:02 PM PST by txhurl
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To: SunkenCiv

I’ll bet they would rather have had the forest turn into a sea of oil.
A forest of fossilized trees under a coal mine ain’t much of a tourist attraction.


6 posted on 02/24/2012 5:49:30 PM PST by Recon Dad (Gas & Petroleum Junkie)
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To: SunkenCiv

Next Season on the History Channel, watch Jim and James tackle the lava embedded goldmine on “Volcano Loggers”


7 posted on 02/24/2012 5:54:12 PM PST by digger48
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To: txhurl

bill for new keyboard headed your way!


8 posted on 02/24/2012 5:57:15 PM PST by mitch5501 ("make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things ye shall never fall")
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To: mitch5501

Do you accept wood as payment?


9 posted on 02/24/2012 6:06:58 PM PST by txhurl
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To: Recon Dad

“I’ll bet they would rather have had the forest turn into a sea of oil.
A forest of fossilized trees under a coal mine ain’t much of a tourist attraction.”

Maybe not a tourist attraction, but large hunks of old wood can be VERY valuable. The below link to an ebay auction is asking $250,000 for a 45 foot long hunk.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Petrified-Wood-Log-45-feet-long-3-1-2-foot-diameter-/110717529008?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19c7476bb0


10 posted on 02/24/2012 6:16:26 PM PST by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Paul Tsongas of 2012.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Just a suggestion here sc: even though this topic was pinged before it did not have any pictures; only an artist’s rendering. Others on your list may be interested in actually seeing the pics (which are awesome!). Like I said...just a thought/suggestion.


11 posted on 02/24/2012 6:21:37 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (When does the shooting start?)
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To: Outlaw Woman; Dr. Sivana
but large hunks of old wood can be VERY valuable.

Got THAT right :)

12 posted on 02/24/2012 6:29:07 PM PST by txhurl
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To: txhurl
That was not nice.

(But was funny as hell)
13 posted on 02/24/2012 7:59:54 PM PST by texas_mrs
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To: texas_mrs

I’m just giving sunkenciv a rash, you saw his ‘whoops’ when he posted that un-dead wood accidentally in post 1.


14 posted on 02/24/2012 8:05:36 PM PST by txhurl
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To: SunkenCiv

That’s some “woody”. Definitely would like to see who it belonged to. Perhaps an old Chinaman named “Big Dong Wong”.


15 posted on 02/24/2012 8:11:31 PM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Wouldn’t it be great if we had a conservative candidate for POTUS with the last name Wood? Think of the bumpersticker and button possibilities.


16 posted on 02/24/2012 8:18:09 PM PST by txhurl
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To: Dr. Sivana

A kiwi friend of mine clued me in that it is a huge business in New Zealand.


17 posted on 02/24/2012 8:40:22 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

LOL! I burst out laughing when I saw your comments.

Good one!


18 posted on 02/24/2012 8:48:39 PM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (I'm NOT smitten' with Mittens)
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To: Boogieman
Way off subject but I heard New Zealand woman are the best. Has something to do with them adoring the male butt.

Never heard of this before.

19 posted on 02/24/2012 8:59:57 PM PST by AGreatPer (Obama has NEVER given a speech where he did not lie!!!)
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To: txhurl

You betchya! LOL!


20 posted on 02/24/2012 9:43:41 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (When does the shooting start?)
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To: Outlaw Woman

The article Renfield linked to me has some pretty nice pics, I used just the one (and one was Getty, so it couldn’t be used); had I done my due diligence and looked for an earlier version, I’d probably have posted just the link in the ping message. :’)


21 posted on 02/25/2012 5:58:35 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: digger48

;’)


22 posted on 02/25/2012 6:05:20 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: txhurl; Recon Dad; MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

This is obviously the remains of Lot’s wife, so this must be the actual site of Sodom and Gomorrah. /s


23 posted on 02/25/2012 6:12:24 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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the "fossilizedforest" keyword:
24 posted on 02/25/2012 6:25:11 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Oh! I was confused. I was referring to the thread posted by LibWhacker the other day which had just a drawing. Guess there are 3 separate posts on this :O

Haven’t been on the one by Renfield which apparently is the one you were referring to. and....so I got confusilgated. LOL!


25 posted on 02/25/2012 10:01:13 AM PST by Outlaw Woman (When does the shooting start?)
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