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Tour of Park Geology - Fossils

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National Parks contain a rich array of plant, invertebrate, vertebrate, and trace fossils. Fossils are non-renewable and often fragile resources which, with the exception of microfossils and those that make up minerals, such as coal, are relatively rare and have significant scientific, educational and recreational values. Fossils in the National Parks are a part of America's heritage. For nearly a century, the National Park Service has protected fossils in parks, requiring permits for their excavation and removal, with the stipulation that the resources remain in federal ownership in perpetuity.


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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, CO
This page lists parks that have a common geologic theme and links to pages about each park's geologic features. If you would like to contribute images or materials for park pages, please contact The National Park Service
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