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Post by sujin007 on Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:57 am

In February of 2012, scientists in northern China announced that they had finished reconstructing an ancient forest that was found buried under a thick layer of volcanic ash near the Mongolian district of Wuda.

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Post by sujin007 on Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:58 am

The 20 square kilometer (12.4 mile) forest was completely preserved after a large volcano erupted 298 million years ago and dropped a large amount of lava and ash on the site.

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Post by sujin007 on Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:00 pm

The discovery was reminiscent of the destruction of the Roman city of Pompeii in A.D. 79. It was determined that the blast came from a large volcano around 100 kilometers away.

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Post by sujin007 on Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:01 pm

The destruction left a layer of ash that is now 66-cm (about 40 inches) thick. The blast ripped leaves from branches, knocked down trees, and buried the forest.

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Post by sujin007 on Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:05 pm

Scientists from the University of Pennsylvania, Shenyang Normal University, and Yunnan University have been able to reconstruct 10,000 square feet (3,048 meters) of the subtropical forest.

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Post by sujin007 on Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:06 pm

They have identified a large collection of plant species and flora that has been extinct for centuries. It is believed that the forest sat on the edge of a large tropical island off Pangaea’s eastern shore.

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Post by sujin007 on Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:08 pm

In all, six different species of trees have been identified in the preserved forest, including the tall Sigillaria, Cordaites, and the smaller spore-bearing Noeggerathiales, which is believed to be related to the fern family.
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Post by sujin007 on Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:10 pm

Scientists haven’t found any evidence for animal life, such as ancient amphibians. It was swampy land, with a layer of peat and a few inches of standing water.
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Post by dipeshgainju on Sun Nov 18, 2012 9:25 am

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