Roadside Geology

On the road to a volleyball match in Red Wing, I stopped to look for fossils. Ahead of schedule, I had half an hour to look for remnants of ancient sea life among the scrabble of shale at a highway cut through an Ordovician outcropping. Some extra time to rummage through time.

What does it mean to find a fossil? The strangeness, the real incomprehensibility of the vast amount of time involved weathers away the mind. My thoughts fissure as cars speed by on the highway behind me—crescendos and shadows.

As I pick among fossil crinoids, early mollusks still working out the mechanics of a spiral, chips of trilobite, and the twig-like fragments of bryozoans, a living fossil slowly legs it across the crumbles of shale and shell. A Harvestman, its long legs traversing eons.

Publicado por scottking scottking, 13 de outubro de 2017, 04:16 AM

Observações

Fotos / Sons

What

Algodão-Bravo (Asclepias syriaca)

Observador

scottking

Data

Outubro 12, 2017 04:00 PM CDT

Descrição

Common Milkweed
John Murtaugh Memorial WMA
Hay Creek, Minnesota

Fotos / Sons

What

Cenoura-Brava (Daucus carota)

Observador

scottking

Data

Outubro 12, 2017 04:00 PM CDT

Descrição

Queen Anne's Lace
John Murtaugh Memorial WMA
Hay Creek, Minnesota

Fotos / Sons

Observador

scottking

Data

Outubro 12, 2017 03:05 PM CDT

Descrição

Ants
under small flat rock
Roadside shale outcropping
Wangs, Minnesota

Fotos / Sons

What

Opiliões (Ordem Opiliones)

Observador

scottking

Data

Outubro 12, 2017 02:56 PM CDT

Descrição

Harvestmen
Roadside shale outcropping
Wangs, Minnesota

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