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Centralia, PA fossil collecting?

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Smoosh

Has anyone ever done any collecting at the abandoned strip mines in Centralia, PA or the surrounding areas? It looks like an interesting site to visit especially now that the St. Claire site is posted.

Best,

Alex

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I would definitely not advise going near Centralia - that place is dangerous! Here's a picture of a sign posted in Centralia, warning people to keep away:

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The Centralia Mine Fire is still actively burning, and that means that there are still toxic gases coming from the old ventilation shafts. Where the coal has already burnt away, there are areas of unstable ground that could collapse beneath you. If you are going to visit strip mines, try to find them somewhere else.

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Smoosh

Thanks for the heads up; I'll check out some alternative potential fossil collecting spots in the region!

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