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SpazGirl
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Icon 1 posted April 24, 2007 06:50      Profile for SpazGirl   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I couldn't help myself. Anyway, scientists have found a 300 million year old, fossilized forest, in Illinois of all places!

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Scientists exploring a mine have uncovered a natural Sistine chapel showing not religious paintings, but incredibly well preserved images of sprawling tree trunks and fallen leaves that once breathed life into an ancient rainforest...

...The largest ever found, the fossil forest covers an area of about 40 square miles, or nearly the size of San Francisco. This ancient assemblage of flora is thought to be one of the first rainforests on Earth, emerging during the Upper Carboniferous, or Pennsylvanian, time period that extended from about 310 million to 290 million years ago.



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Richard Wolf VI
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Icon 10 posted April 24, 2007 07:46      Profile for Richard Wolf VI   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Amazing! I'd like to go there.
This place is full of history!

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Icon 1 posted April 24, 2007 09:37      Profile for drunkennewfiemidget     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
No they haven't. It's 4k years old. Max. Sorry. The bible says so.

*snicker*

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Stibbons
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Icon 4 posted April 24, 2007 09:52      Profile for Stibbons   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
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Originally posted by drunkennewfiemidget:
No they haven't. It's 4k years old. Max. Sorry. The bible says so.

I think you'll find it's nearer 6ka. Everyone knows that the world was created the night preceding October 23, 4004 BC.

I'm a geologist, you can trust me on these things [Razz]

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Ugh, MightyClub
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Icon 1 posted April 24, 2007 10:18      Profile for Ugh, MightyClub     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Dang, I was hoping the subject line was referring to a certain fanatic Windows supporter.

Luckily, the post redeemed itself by pointing to a fairly fascinating article [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted April 24, 2007 21:08      Profile for SpazGirl   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Gee, thanks Ugh! Sorry, I'm not the one to look to for interesting tech articles or posts, I'm just your average natural sciences geek... *shrug*

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Just_Jess_B

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Icon 1 posted April 25, 2007 06:55      Profile for Just_Jess_B   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
It's really cool -- lots of interesting stuff this week all around, from the fossilized rain forest to the planet around Gliese 581.

To quote the Bill Nye theme song: "Science Rules!"

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