Wednesday, March 5, 2014

reconnect with nature....new mexico's inland sea


Approximately 145 to 66 million years ago, the Cretaceous Sea covered a large portion of New Mexico. While fairly shallow, it was filled with marine life. Sharks swam the inland sea. Giant clams burrowed in the mud. Dinosaurs roamed the shores and pterosaurs flew the skies....but I digress.
Collected in northwest New Mexico, at an elevation of about 6500 feet, these little fossil shells once housed creatures that were part of the life in that long-ago sea.

Linking up with Chrisy down under at living a good north coast life and sharing a little of the natural world around us.

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  1. Gee wizz, shells at 6500 feet is pretty cool. I'm always interested to learn more about past landscapes, there's something really amazing to stand somewhere and think that it was at one point an ocean bed. Crazy really. Just goes to show that nature isn't static, always changing.

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    1. I was so surprised when we came upon the fossil shells! I knew the area had been under the Cretaceous Sea, but finding evidence like these shells just made my day!
      The earth is constantly evolving and changing, and clues like this make learning about it even more exciting!

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  2. Beautiful collection of tiny shells!

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    1. Thank you! It was such fun collecting them!

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  3. What a find in the desert. Always interesting reading about your finds.

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    1. Yes, it was quite a find! Sheds a whole new light on the desert....

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  4. Nuggets shaped and tumbled from water, sand and sun.
    Could a bracelet be made for these little gems?
    Such a lovely gift from a sea no longer, but from sage & spirit. ;)

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    1. A bracelet would be awesome! I need to find more of these little treasures!

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  5. Incredible! And you were able to hold them in your hand. That's amazing!

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    1. Like holding a little bit of the history of the earth in my hand!

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  6. wow that is incredible to be able to hold a piece of history in your hands, that is such a cool find, thanks for sharing

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    1. Thanks for enjoying this little piece of natural history!

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  7. Oh my goodness!!! What an awesome find!!! Thanks for the history lesson as well. I hope you're having a beautiful weekend. : )

    ~ Wendy xoxo

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    1. Yeah, I'm a natural history geek. ;) Happy to share my finds with you!
      xx

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