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The Cambrian in Nevada, US

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Cambrian Fossils
Fossil photos from Cambrian in Nevada

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Paleontology and geology

Cambrian Nevada was a tectonically quiet continental margin, with little or no mountain-building activity. Seas rose gradually, covering the state with water that was only tens of meters deep in some places. To the east, rivers flowed over a flat plain, carrying well-sorted quartz sand to beaches and nearshore areas. Out in the shallow sea, limy sediments accumulated; in deeper water, the muddy bottoms would later become shale. Cambrian fossils of Nevada include trilobites, brachiopods, archaeocyaths, and helicoplacoids. Although not shown on this map (due to scale), Cambrian deposits occur throughout the state.

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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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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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Field Guides (showing 1 of 1 listings)

Early Cambrian Fossils In Western Nevada: Take a virtual field trip to a prolific fossil locality north of Death Valley National Park; detailed text; images of fossils; on-site images.

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