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The Cambrian in California, US

Cambrian in California map

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Geologic map of CA from California Geological Survey (625 KB PDF)

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Cambrian Fossils
Fossil photos from Cambrian in California

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Paleontology and geology

Although not shown on this map, limited exposures of Cambrian rocks can be found in the White Mountains, Inyo Mountains, and in a few places around Death Valley. These limestones, dolostones, and shales were deposited in the warm waters as a broad, shallow carbonate platform. Archaeocyaths, trilobites, inarticulate brachiopods, early echinoderms, and sponges dominated these shallow warm waters.

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Education and Exhibits | Resources

Education and Exhibits

Virtual Exhibits (showing 1 of 1 listings)

Localities of the Cambrian: The Marble Mountains: This UC Museum of Paleontology exhibit introduces the Marble Mountains, located in southeastern California. These mountains have a rich Cambrian fossil biota that is well-exposed in the southern part of the range.

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Courses and Lectures (showing 1 of 1 listings)

Paleogeography of the Southwestern U.S.: The paleogeography of the southwestern U.S. from 1.8 billion years ago to 10 million years ago. Text and images by Dr. Ron Blakey from Northern Arizona University.

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Field Guides (showing 3 of 3 listings)

Trilobites In The Marble Mountains, Mojave Desert, California: Take a virtual field trip to a classic trilobite site on California's Mojave Desert; detailed text; images of fossils; on-site images; links to the early Cambrian and to trilobites.

Trilobites In The Nopah Range, Inyo Country, California: Take a virtual field trip to a classic trilobite site on California's Mojave Desert; detailed text; images of fossils.

The Early Cambrian Waucoba Spring Geologic Section, California: Take a virtual field trip to a world-famous Early Cambrian locality in northwestern Death Valley National Park; detailed text, with on-site image and links to images of fossils.

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Image Collections (showing 1 of 1 listings)

Some Fossil Brachiopods: Images of several fossil brachiopods, dating in geologic age from early Cambrian to Pleistocene, with explanatory text.

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General Reference (showing 1 of 1 listings)

Fossils In Death Valley National Park: The paleontology, geology and natural wonders of Death Valley National Park (and more); many images of fossils; field trips; paleontology links, plus links to Death Valley.

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