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Fossil Excavations At The Virginia Solite Quarry, Cascade, Virginia


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VMNH team is hurrying to remove quarry

fossils. Martinsville Bulletin, July 29, 2014



Quarry site was vast lake during Triassic era

Martinsville Bulletin, July 29, 2014


Virginia Triassic Basins - Solite Quarry


Updates from the Paleontology Lab

Virginia Museum of Natural History


A paper is:

Ackermann, R. V., R. W. Schlische, L. C. Patiño,

and L. A. Johnson, 2003, A Lagerstätte of rift-related

tectonic structures from the Solite Quarry, Dan

River/Danville rift basin, in LeTourneau, P.M.,

and Olsen, P.E., eds., The Great Rift Valleys of

Pangea: New York, Columbia University Press.

PDF file at http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~schlisch/A38_2003_TrJ_Solite.pdf


Paul H.

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Thanks for this, Paul!

The site is well known, and quite stunning in its variety of fossils, and preservation of them.



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Had an opportunity years ago to go down and collect at this quarry but passed as I didn't have the time or funds available for a road trip. Glad to hear that the museum is going to try and save some of the beds.



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Yes and it's refreshing to hear that a business is going out of its way to accommodate fossil collecting.

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