Deciphering the Forest

Deciphering the Forest (HM1CZ2)

Location: Mitchell, OR 97750 Wheeler County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 38.992', W 120° 16'

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Volcanic ash can be gentle and fine enough to preserve a leaf's structure in great detail. Nearby 34 million-year-old "Bridge Creek Flora" fossils reveal many species of an ancient, hardwood forest. This forest had a blend of trees found today only in parts of the Appalachians, Chine, and spots along the Pacific Coast.

Fossils indicate that some type of trees changed little during the Age of Mammals. From that evidence and comparisons to modern trees and their settings, we have learned a great deal about past ecosystems and climates.

About thirty million years ago there was a period of significant global change. As the air cooled and the seasons became more pronounced, the earlier near-tropical plants of the area retreated southward. Many hardwoods and conifers replaced them, as did a whole new set of forest creatures.
HM NumberHM1CZ2
Placed ByNational Park Service
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Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 7:32am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)10T E 716737 N 4947690
Decimal Degrees44.64986667, -120.26666667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 38.992', W 120° 16'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 38' 59.52" N, 120° 16' 0.00" W
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Area Code(s)541
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 609 Overlook Trail, Mitchell OR 97750, US
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