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Fossils reveal ancient shorelines


September 3, 2020

Courtesy of John Norton.

Norton dug up these single celled fossils known as Forams at the 25 Mile site. They are more than 13,000 years old and were deposited by melting ice from the Wisconsin Ice Age when seas covered most of the Chilkat Valley.

Retired biology teacher and geology aficionado John Norton recently sent out clay containing fossil samples from three areas in the Chilkat Valley to get radiocarbon dated. The results help paint a picture of what the local landscape looked like b...

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