Triassic Landscape

Triassic Landscape (HM1AYS)

Location: Petrified Forest National Park, AZ 86028 Apache County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 51.834', W 109° 47.477'

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The dry plateau lands of this region today are far different from the tree-littered floodplains of 225 million years ago during the geologic period called the Triassic. Imagine a forested Triassic land where crocodile-like phytosaurs inhabited the shores, and other carnivorous reptiles hunted on land. Visualize stormy floodwaters carrying Triassic trees here to the floodplains, where, over time, the trees would petrify.

What happened to the animals of the Triassic? Did their disappearance allow the dinosaurs - which were then just appearing - to ascend to dominance? Through the study of fossils such as those found here, scientists hope to solve the mystery of the Triassic species' disappearance and find clues to explain other "mass extinctions" that have occurred through time.

Do not disturb or remove petrified wood or other fossils in Petrified Forest National Park. Leave these traces of our earth's history for future visitors. Please report any theft or vandalism to park staff.
Placed ByPetrified National Forest Services
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Date Added Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 4:07pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 610482 N 3858616
Decimal Degrees34.86390000, -109.79128333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 51.834', W 109° 47.477'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 51' 50.04" N, 109° 47' 28.62" W
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Area Code(s)928
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4501-4665 Petrified Forest Rd, Petrified Forest National Park AZ 86028, US
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