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Ancient lakes and volcanoes near Fallon: Field trip for families and rockhounds



 
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Title: Ancient lakes and volcanoes near Fallon: Field trip for families and rockhounds

Author: Jonathan Price and D.D. LaPointe
Year: 1998
Series No.: Educational Series 28
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Updated contact information: For the two pages shown below, the new company to contact for permission to visit the fossil site is now EP Minerals, LLC (phone 775-824-7600). page 2: Drive 7.0 miles east on U.S. Alt-50. At the crest of the hill, turn right (south) onto the Farm District Road. Do not follow the paved road, but go south, across the narrow bridge over the Truckee diversion canal, along the gravel road for 1.9 miles, keeping left and not taking right turns at 0.6, 1.2, and 1.8 miles. At the truck tire in the middle of a triangular intersection, turn right (southwest). Continue 1.2 miles on the dirt road, passing under the power line, to the diatomite mine. Here we will collect fossils of fish (photo). You must get permission from the owner, Eagle-Picher Minerals, Inc. (343-1818), to visit this mine. Stay away from the high walls. page 4: Fossil fish. (Gasterosteus doryssus or Nevada stickleback) in diatomite (a silica-rich rock composed of skeletal remains of diatoms, single-celled plants) from a Miocene freshwater lake, approximately 7 to 8 million years old, Hazen Pit, Churchill County, Nevada. Fossils of the Nevada killifish or top minnow (Fundulus nevadensis) are also common at this locality. Collectors must get permission from the owner, Eagle-Picher Minerals, Inc. (343-1818), to visit this mine. Click on image for enlargement.

Original Product Code: E28