Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

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Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 49,075 (19,868) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument:

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National Parks
Name Type1 Location Year authorized Size
acres (hectares)
Description
Acadia NP SE Maine 1919 49,075 (19,868) Mountain and coast scenery.
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Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Address:PO Box 185
Florissant, CO 80816

Phone:719-748-3253
Fax:719-748-3164
Web: www.nps.gov/flfo/
Size: 5,998 acres.
Established: Authorized on August 20, 1969.
Location:35 miles west of Colorado Springs, Colorado. From north/south on I-25, take US 24 west 35 miles to town of Florissant, then follow signs 2 miles south to the visitor center.
Facilities:Picnic area, rest rooms (é), visitor center (é), museum/exhibit, self-guided tour/trail. Entrance fee required.
Activities:Hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, guided tours, interpretive programs.
Special Features:A wealth of fossil insects, seeds, and leaves of the Oligocene Period are preserved here in remarkable detail. Here, too, is an unusual display of petrified redwood stumps up to 14 feet wide.

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References in periodicals archive ?
Paleontology of the Upper Eocene Florissant formation, Colorado.
The Florissant formation's fossil beds and petrified forest are interesting in themselves but also shed light on questions of paleoecology, macroevolution, and taphonomy (the study of the process of fossilization).