Ever since I first began photographing fossils I always particularly enjoyed finding coral fossils. Locally, they are generally 385 million years old (give or take a few million).
The Chazy Reef on Isle La Motte, where I’ll be showing next month, is the oldest known fossil reef in the world at 480 to 500 million years old. They have been around for quite a while.
Today I’ve put together a variety of various coral fossil images, some of my earliest, and all of fossils found locally.
Coral has been on my mind ever since I read yesterday’s newsfeed and found this:
MORE THAN A THIRD OF THE CORAL IS DEAD IN PARTS OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF.
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on the planet. And 93% of it has been affected by a “massive bleaching “ event. Follow the links for more on the subject.
Put briefly, the rise in ocean temperatures causes the bleaching. As the water continues to warm over time the coral grows ever more fragile and dies off on a massive scale.
By the way, for month after month now, each new month sets the record for all time highest global temperature.
Coral reefs are huge biodiverse ecosystems. They are being affected by ocean acidification brought on by increased carbon dioxide emissions.
The carnival barker/con man Donald Trump thinks that more coal is the answer to our problems. Oil pipelines too.
A reminder to any and all:
The Geology of the Devonian
Opening Reception June 4, 3-5 pm
Erpf Gallery, Rt. 28, Arkville NY
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