Idaho was a very different place during the Pliocene Epoch (three to four million years ago). Like much of the planet, this area was warmer and more humid, with annual rain fall of 20 inches. Studies of ancient pollen found in the sand and clay layers suggest that there were trees and grasslands which supported many creatures. Mastadons, camels, and horses existed alongside much smaller animals like shrews, turtles, and fish Over 200 species of plants and animals have been excavated from the cliffs. As they died they left their bones and pollen in the sediment. What About Our Impact?
From studying the fossils, scientists have determined the climate changed, becoming cold and dry. The first ice age had arrived. Some animals adapted, some migrated, while others simply became extinct. Hagerman has one of the most prolific accumulation of fossils in the world from the Pliocene Epoch, and they tell a story of the consequences of a changing climate.
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Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connected. - Chief Seattle
While climate change occurs naturally in nature, our effect on the climate has been more immediate. Deforestation,
fossil fuel consumption, and non-sustainable farming practices are impacting the climate.
Here are some things you can do to help slow climate change: keep an energy efficient home, recycle, buy local foods, plant a tree, or purchase carbon offsets.