·The sea covers Colorado: 80 million years ago. Today's Rocky Mountains did not exist. Where you are standing and all before you was beneath a shallow sea that covered the middle of the North American continent. Today, marine fossils are found in the sediments deposited at that time (Pierre Formation).·Sea retreats as mountains begin to rise dinosaurs leave footprints near subtropical coal swamps: 68 million years ago. As the seas withdrew, sand, mud, and clay were deposited near the shore (Fox Hills Formation). Coal formed near rivers in swamps (Laramie Formation). The environment was warm with ample rainfall. These sedimentary rocks now lie beneath the City of Golden. You can see dinosaur tracks and large leaf fossils in the Laramie Formation along the Triceratops Trail in Golden (see other sign).
·The mountains form highest 60-68 million years ago. Volcanic eruptions occur 64 million years ago. Uplift of the Laramide Rocky Mountains began about 68 million years ago. Rock fragments from the newly raised mountains are found in the sediments exposed in the Golden area (Arapahoe and Denver Formations.) 64 million yeas ago, lava covered the area forming the rock now at the top of the Table Mountains. The source of the lava was Ralston Dike north of Golden (see other sign).
·The Rockies today: 63 million to the present. During that time period, the Laramide mountains were eroded and the rock debris was deposited on the plains about to the level where you are standing on Lookout Mountain. Later, rivers from the high mountains cut deep canyons such as Clear Creek canyon. Along the mountain front, the softer rocks were eroded leaving the hard rock as Dakota Hogback, the Table Mountains, and the rocks under your feet.
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|Date Added||Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 9:17am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||13S E 479527 N 4398234|
|Decimal Degrees||39.73375000, -105.23891667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 44.025', W 105° 14.335'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 44' 1.50" N, 105° 14' 20.10" W|
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|Area Code(s)||303, 720|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 114-198 Buffalo Bill Trail, Golden CO 80401, US|
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