Montag, 27. September 2010

Joggings Fossil Cliffs and Fort Beausejour

Today we visited Joggings Fossil Cliffs, the best place in the world to see how life was 315 million years ago in the Carboniferous Period. Joggings Fossil cliffs are about 15 kilometers long and have fossils which are between 325 and 310 million years old. The fossil cliffs are located in the Bay of Fundy which is known for its huge tides - 100 billion tons of water rush in and out of the bay per tidal cycle.

The fossils which were found at the Joggings Fossil Cliffs are characterized by their great diversity - in total more than 200 different species were found. It is worth mentioning that most of the fossils were found inside of trees. Two years ago Joggings Fossil Cliffs were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Visitor Center is brand new and won several prizes for its green design.

Tree Fossils

Trace of Rex


Traces of roots

More Fossils

The fossil cliffs

The cliff is quickly eroding - one meter a year at certain places - and constantly new fossils appear.

The Visitor Center

After our visit to the fossil cliffs, we drove to Fort Beausejour, a National Historic Site of Canada. The fort was build in 1751 by the French to defend themselves against the British. It fell just a few years later in 1756.

Overnight we stayed in Saint John, which is know for its Reversing Falls. At high tide the water flow coming from the sea is so strong that the falls reverse.

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