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The Silurian in New York, US

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Paleontology and geology

With a changing sea level in the Silurian, the inland ocean covering western New York became extremely shallow and circulation was poor. Sediments in this sea were periodically exposed as mudflats, and many were quickly eroded away. At times, high rates of evaporation led to the formation of salt deposits. The rate of deposition of sediments was also slower during the Silurian because most of the Taconic Mountains in eastern New York had already been worn down by this time. As a result, there is a relatively limited amount of Silurian rock in New York, shown on this map in the northwestern part of the state.

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Collecting and Legalities

Where to Collect Fossils (showing 1 of 1 listings)

Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center: A natural history center, where visitors can collect their own trilobites. The web page includes information on how to get to the site, fossils which can be found there, and other information.

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Museums (showing 1 of 1 listings)

Garvies Point Museum official website: Garvies Point Museum and Preserve is located on Long Island's north shore in New York State. We are a center for regional geology research. Our exhibits deal with regional (Long Island and New York State) geology, fossilization and minerology and the ehnography and archaeology of northeastern Native Americans. Our exhibit "Drifitng Lands and Ancient Seas" details the geology of New York State coordinated with plate tectonics. 

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Education and Exhibits

Virtual Exhibits (showing 1 of 1 listings)

Eurypterids.net: This image-rich website provides a description of eurypterid fossils, sites, and museums. It also includes fossil scorpions and invertebrates often associated with eurypterid faunas.

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