Llanymynech. Once upon a time #1 The Quarry

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Amelia Royan on August 28, 2010

Once upon a time, about 300 million years ago, this whole area was under water, and near the equator. The limestone of these rocks is made from the remains of sea creatures which have been compressed into layers. It is possible to find fossil records of crinoids in the rocks ...

sugarbag1 on August 30, 2010

Very interesting Amelia. Back in the early 1970's I used to drive a Bulldozer and we would do clearing of trees and dig dams on farm. There was one area called Woogenellup and when ever I dug dams in the area, at exactly 9 feet down, I would see, sea shells and all sorts crustation in the soapstone rock. And it would be like that down at least another 8ft. Kind Regards, David

trikermike on August 30, 2010

Amelia as well as fossil records and chalk deposits, why don't they have compact disks and memory stix?

Amelia Royan on August 30, 2010

Don't ask me Bonnie Lad, but if I look thoroughly enough, I just might find your medical records ;-)

Amelia Royan on August 30, 2010

Hi David, I had a look to see if I could find any old fossils, but the only one around seemed to be me :))

I also have seen fossils in soapstone, but the place for fossil hunting in the UK is Dorset. Lyme Regis, is the fossil capital, should you ever be in the UK :)

Warm greetings, Amelia

Hazel Coetzee on August 31, 2010

Interesting, Amelia - I was amazed to hear that this was once near the Equator. Continental Drift?

So Lyme Regis is the fossil capital in the UK?? Lots of Retirement Homes?? Oh, you mean the other fossils... (I'm not really in a position to tease about this, though!) [Rueful grin]

Thanks for an interesting series of photo's here.

Warmest greetings, Hazel

(Fossils RULE!!!)

Amelia Royan on August 31, 2010

It could be Brighton for old fossils like us Dear Hazel.

The evolution of our planet is fascinating isn't it? I think I'd get really sun-burned at the equator, and I'd have to borrow one of your hats ;-)

Hazel Coetzee on September 1, 2010

Can I offer you a ruched bonnet for the equatorial sun, dear Amelia...?? ((o;

There was good reason for the Voortrekker women to wear bonnets, in our hot sun, with their very fair European complexions. I have a misty memory of wearing a bonnet when playing on the beach at a very young age, wearing sandshoes, and camomile lotion on very fair freckled skin! Oh the joys of being a dumb blonde!! )o: No bronzed bod for me!

Warmest greetings from Hazel

Amelia Royan on September 1, 2010

Are you sure it wasn't Calamine lotion dear Hazel? The stuff was pale pink in the bottle and turned white on the burned freckly skin! I remember it well .... those nights lying on my stomach ... pure agony! But I loved the beach and the sea, still do :))

Leo Roundtree on September 4, 2010

Wonderful series and wonderful conversations, Dear Amelia.

Best wishes from an American fossil, Leo

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