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Are fossils correct to be an earthcache ?

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Hey everybody !

 

I'm searching to publish a second earthcache in my area.

This is a place near a river where there is fossils on the ground and where we can see other geological phenomenons.

The place is like this : http://www.ac-nancy-metz.fr/Pres-etab/CollCassinEloyes/Disciplines/sciences_vie_terre/svt_menus/SVT/cinquieme/sortie_geologie/Photographies_sortie_g%C3%A9ologique_2009.html

People can access free and can even take some stones with fossils (schools around do this every year).

So here is my question : Is it possible to make an earthcache about this fossils place ?

 

Thank you for your attention ! ;)

Infra-Blue

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Should be possible, if there's no similar one nearby yet. Things to focus on in such a cache that come to mind without really thinking much about it:

why are the fossils preserved in the first place here

do they have a predominant orientation like flat on the surface vs chaotically deposited

complete or broken up

one type of fossils or different ones

Is still the original fossil shell present or were the shells dissolved and a new mineral deposited inside the voids?

 

Mrs. terratin

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There's no similar nearby, fossils are typical of this area.

Thank you for your suggestions, this is a great help for me !

I'll add your suggestions in the future description.

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One of my favorites took us to a spot with trilobite fossils. We were even able to take one home with us!

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Hey everybody !

 

I'm searching to publish a second earthcache in my area.

This is a place near a river where there is fossils on the ground and where we can see other geological phenomenons.

The place is like this : http://www.ac-nancy-metz.fr/Pres-etab/CollCassinEloyes/Disciplines/sciences_vie_terre/svt_menus/SVT/cinquieme/sortie_geologie/Photographies_sortie_g%C3%A9ologique_2009.html

People can access free and can even take some stones with fossils (schools around do this every year).

So here is my question : Is it possible to make an earthcache about this fossils place ?

 

Thank you for your attention ! ;)

Infra-Blue

Looks promising. Under "Acceptable" is listed :

 

Geological materials - Rocks, minerals, fossils, sands, soils, etc.

 

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I've done plenty of cool earthcaches based on areas with many fossils. These tend to be amongst my most favorite earthcaches. This subject is absolutely an acceptable topic for an earthcache.

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So, here is what I decided :

 

In the area, I already made an earthcache on a quarry showing lower triassic (bundsandstein).

It appears that the zone I want to transform into earthcache is middle triassic (mushelkalk).

So the main subject will be on middle triassic and inside the description I will add a part about fossils on the spot.

I think this is better like that.

 

Anyway, thanks for your comments and ideas ! :D

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Cool! I really look forward to your new cache, though unfortunately it's rather unlikely I'll visit that part of France anytime soon.

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Yes, absolutely possible. I did one in downtown London, UK where I had to study fossils that were in the walls of a building. http://coord.info/GC2GN6N

 

I have one that is based upon Fossils (also one of the very few geocaches inside an airport): http://coord.info/GC57BR8 The Earthcache staff was very helpful in helping me get this one published.

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