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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Muir Creek B.C. Fossils

M is for Muir Creek.  We went here a few days ago to see the fossils.    This post is for ABC Wednesday, the letter M this week. Also for Our World Tuesday, Nature Notes Wednesday, Outdoors Wednesday, This or That Thursday. 

Muir Creek has the most easily accessible Cenozoic era fossils to see on the
island but make sure the tide is low before you attempt to go there. It seems
that it is not a park and it is private land owned by the timber company as they log around there.  Muir Creek is near Sooke, B.C. Canada.

You walk down the estuary to get to the beach and the fossil cliffs.
It is a glimpse into our past and ancient world as the cliffs contain the
preserved fossils of shellfish in layers of sandstone and conglomerate
from millions of years ago.  The shellfish we saw were preserved in their
original shells (calcite) and have been dated from 20 to 25 million years

The rock cliffs have been battered by the surf which has exposed the fossils.
If you look way up you can see the different layers of deposits on top of
layers of shells at the bottom. The layers represent how many millions of
years it took to lay down the deposit on top.

I thought they looked so similar to our present day shellfish.  They formed
in shallow water so that is why there are so many of them. There also is wood fossilized and dated around 60 million years old.  And they found a lower jaw and a molar of a large extinct bear like carnivore and a partial skull of a primitive whale here.

This area is well known for its large old growth forest, it has the second
largest yew tree in B.C. There is a cedar circumference measuring 29'6" and
a Sitka spruce measuring at 25'3" in circumference. The tall totem carved by Mungo Martin and erected in Beacon Hill park came from here. Muir Creek is named for John Muir and his pioneering family that settled here in the late 1800s.  Muir's two sons were killed here at Muir Creek in a wagon accident.

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caite said...

very cool...I would love to see that.

Arija said...

What a great place with those standing stones, rock pools, driftwood and fossils. On most beaches it is a good thing to be aware of the tides. Gorgeous photos.

Mama Zen said...

How cool! My daughter would love that!

KaHolly said...

Such an exciting location to visit and spend time. Thanks for sharing.

Emille said...

Oh, i love fossils! And before I read your text, I was already eyeing that tree -so interesting!!

Luna Miranda said...

this is a wonderful place to explore--these fossils and rocks are quite interesting. thanks for taking us along.

M is for...

Wendy Sice said...

These pictures are awesome! What an amazing place. xx

Joyful said...

Gorgeous photos!

Roger Owen Green said...

interesting prehistory!
love the driftwood.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Gattina said...

Very interesting, I love looking at fossiles !
ABC Team

chubskulit said...

Beautiful shots!

Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Libby Rodriguez said...

I love fossils!! Thanks for sharing those! That looks like such an interesting part of the world :)

Pamela Gordon said...

What an interesting post! Beautiful photos and a fun place to explore. Pamela

eileeninmd said...

It would be fun to explore and see the fossils. Lovely photos, thanks for sharing your day.

Dianne said...

some of the fossils are like wonderful sculptures
beautiful series of photos

I have been meaning to tell you, as soon as your header shot opens I smile
it's so pretty

Crafty Gardener said...

Wonderful photos of a gorgeous place. It brings back memories of our time spent in Sooke last November.

zongrik said...

very interesting

messy little girl

Tammy said...

Another great place! The fossils are beautiful! Fossils are always so intriguing to me!

Jessica said...

Looks like a cool place! looking forward to seeing where you go next :)

Rambling Woods said...

I would love to explore here.. Creatures from so many years ago. I love John Muir..I didn't know that about his 2 sons....Michelle

Rambling Woods said...

PS..I follow your blog in google reader....

Island Rambles Blog said...

thanks so much for your comments they are appreciated so much.

Thanks for the follow Rambling Woods. I follow you also. Luckily I still can follow new blogs and still have all my followers on dashboard and reader. It has been a difficult few weeks for me as things are not working on my blog since the country redirect.

- Yvonaut -
Das sind Raphael und Yvonne

Great place!
There is a lot to discover!
Many greetings
Yvonne & Raphael

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

Awesome pictures. Especially love the drift wood. Blessings, Debbie

Pat Tillett said...

Very interesting! Also, great photos!

Roy said...

You have taken some really beautiful scenes along the shore line.

CameraCruise said...

Great shots from a wonderful place.
I'd love to visit and see all the fossils.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a great day.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Thanks so much for all your wonderful support for this little blog project of mine.

I had not expected it to work out so well. My communication skills are rather poor so I did not expect to get any readers. I was doing this blog as a legacy.

I want to thank each of you for your appreciation of my effort here as you have become part of my journey.