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Name: Andrew
Status: Student
Age: 6-8
Location: CA 
Country: United States
Date: October 20, 2005


Question:
Why are fossils of marine animals found in places where there are no oceans?



Replies:
There are places that were once under water in warmer areas where the materials were deposited and eventually became rocks such as limestone. Eventually, as tectonic forces moved plates and caused areas to lift up, these areas ended up elevated far away from where we know reefs develop today. For example, there are some limestone deposits in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois which we know must have been deposited in a warm oceanic environment, and are now in the middle of the continent.

Patricia Rowe



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