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11 Years of Erosion

The Earthquake Dinosaurs research site is located along the northern shore of the Minas Basin, Bay of Fundy.  The highest tides in the world occur just down the beach, and the local +11m tides result in rapid erosion of the sandstone cliffs.

Looking back at photographs from eleven years ago shows how much the cliff is eroding.

 

11-years of Cliff Erosion

The erosion is so dramatic, researchers can visit the site every month and see fresh new exposures.  The cliff is eroding approximately 1 meter per year.  It is important that researchers regularly monitor and collect new specimens.


 

Once a fossil-rich deposit like this has been eroded – it is lost forever.  But, by carefully documenting the cliff and fossils as the erosion occurs, researchers have a unique opportunity to document this important research site.

 

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