Jurassic Ark Dig 2008

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JURASSIC ARK PROJECT

• Out Door Museum

• Permanent Student Field Study Site

• Living Fossil Forest

• Amazing Fossil Display

(1)  LIVING FOSSIL FOREST STARTS as field assistant John Vuleta plants the two latest gingko plants. This forest, which is being planted on our fossil Log Jam excavation site in Gympie Australia, consists of living fossil trees which match the specimens we are digging out of our several sites in the Gympie rocks. The first high school will visit this site in mid July - and will be first to see the evidence that plants have produced their own kind like God said they would in Genesis. Thanks to those of you who've kick started this forest project with your generous donations. The remaining photos come from our fossil dig in June at this site.

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See more NEW log discoveries below.

(2) WILLING HELPERS Keith Berlin and Paul Newell excavate the newest and the biggest log so far found on our site. To date, we have excavated some three metres of this log, and we are still going. See below for pics from the world famous Arizona fossil "forest",USA, so you can compare quality of their logs and our logs. This Gympie site is truly a fabulous find.

 

(3) UNIVERSITY PhD MINING STUDENT Bill Hitchcock assists several others in excavating new material at the site. Recent very heavy rains in Australia have re-covered some of our logs, and the drainage trench at the top right of the picture saved most of the site. With your financial assistance we'll be putting in several more diversion trenches.

(4) A SLURRY OF SMASHED, CRUSHED LOGS begins to emerge from the afternoon's excavation. Arrows point to separate logs, all of which have been broken. Again, it reinforces the fact that this is not a place where the fossils are found in the location they grew. This is a forest that grew elsewhere and was provably smashed and floated here in a massive flood of water and dumped and buried quickly.
(5)  The log shown above was actually split before it was buried and petrified. It's almost as if it's a fencepost, done in the old style with log splitters, and then turned to stone. You can see also the size of the boulders beside it, which indicates the violence of the water that was washing this material in and burying it rapidly.
Now compare our Aussie site to world famous Arizona fossil forest
(6)  Interestingly enough, the material at the Arizona fossil "forest" is very similar to our material at Gympie. Both sites consist of a majority of Southern Conifer logs (Araucauria) which have been petrified, and neither of them is a buried fossil forest. As you can see, they possess almost no branches or roots. They are both flood deposits and Log Jams on a huge scale.
(7) The only difference between the Arizona deposit and ours is it's labelled Triassic, and ours is labelled Jurassic. These words of course were invented largely before the days of Charles Darwin, and simply refer to Triassic - three colours; and Jurassic - as in the Jura mountains.
(8)  As you can see, natural erosion has exposed the Arizona logs, but in Australia we have to do the hard work of excavation ourselves at Gympie.
(9) Quality specimens from Arizona are amongst our collected materials that you'll be able to see when we finalise our Gympie displays.
(11) Latest find is petrified pine log in limestone rich with ferns.
(10) This site in Gympie, as well as in Arizona is a marvellous evidence of: (a) Plants producing their own kind and (b) The environment of the world diminishing in quality, as Southern Conifers now only grow in the Southern Hemisphere, whereas they were once worldwide, and a great place to see what a flood deposit is really like and imagine the Chaos of Noah's World wide flood.
(12) Testing with hydrochloric acid of the grey rock containing both the log and the fern revealed the bubbling carbon dioxide which is a real indicator of limestone or calcium carbonate. More information on these fabulous ferns in limestone click HERE.

(13) A cross section of the log reveals it has been squashed before being turned to stone so it was (a) buried rapidly (b) buried under sediment layers quickly and (c) shows a flood type mix of land plants in limestone. Limestone is usually regarded as having formed slowly in shallow tropical seas, not in violent flood conditions.

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