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exercise 7 - Scott Pagan Assignment 7 Compared to how the...

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Scott Pagan Assignment 7 Compared to how the environment looks today, 35 million years ago the Florissant  looked very different. Back then, it looked luscious, very green, and filled with life. Florissant  used to be a temperate forest that was home to many life forms including huge sequoia trees. It  is easy to tell today where there are forest and an abundance of tree life, but how does one tell  that there used to be such life in a place that seems so unlikely to hold it.  Just like crime scenes that hold many clues, the Florissant holds many clues about the  former environment that used to be there. They are buried beneath the many geological  activities that have happened over the last 35 million years ago. The first major event was a  volcanic eruption nearby that released a complex layer of lahar. The mudflows blew down trees  and covered life forms nearby. This began the process of permineralization.  Permineralization 
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