Monday, April 12, 2010

Ohio Fossil Hunting

On the way to Kentucky we stopped in Ohio to go fossil hunting. We looked at Caesar Creek Lake in Waynesville, Ohio. We also stopped along a highway in the area and collected at a road cut. Below is a picture of Jill at Caesar Creek, the road cut search area (it was steep!), and a couple of close ups of fossil specimens. We were hoping to find trilobites but were not successful. In addition to trilobites, there are several other types of fossils including brachiopods, cephalopods, bryozoans, gastropods, crinoids, and horn coral. Fossil hunting is free in the park but you have to stop by the visitor's center to receive a free permit from the Army Corps of Engineers who manage the dam property.

Below is a photo I forgot to include with the Kentucky pictures. It shows jasper nodules in sandstone. The picture was taken on one of the paths at the Natural Bridge.

On the way home I stopped at the Fox River north of Seney to get some water from the artisan spring. Below is the sign explaining the Fox River's natural status. The well is located at the campground.

1 comment:

  1. The brachiopods you found appear to be Dalmanella of the Ordovician Period.

    Maybe you will find some trilobites on your next visit!