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Bureau of Land Management My Public Lands Roadtrip- Kremmling Cretaceous Ammonite Locality in BLM Colorado (19161071763)

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Bureau of Land Management My Public Lands Roadtrip- Kremmling Cretaceous Ammonite Locality in BLM Colorado (19161071763)

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This Area of Critical Environmental Concern is protected for the management of extraordinary paleontological and archaeological values, including the largest concentration of ammonite fossils in the world. Ammonites are squid-like creatures that lived in the sea during the Cretaceous period, 72.5 million years ago. Back then, the climate was much warmer and sea level was much higher, engulfing part of Colorado (and much of the interior US) in a vast ocean where ammonites and other primitive sea creatures lived.
KCAL was designated as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern in 1984 to preserve the area for scientific research as well as public enjoyment and education. You can visit KCAL to observe, photograph and even touch the fossils! Just make sure you leave them onsite for future visitors to enjoy, too.

Watch BLM paleontologists and interns at the KCAL site: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MomxWXf-0TQ

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21/09/2012
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