TX Drought Uncovers 113 Million Year Old Window To The Past
(AmericanProsperity.com) – With almost 40% of the United States dealing with drought conditions and waterways disappearing away to land, some areas are beginning to reveal secrets. In one part of the Lone Star State, the arid conditions have uncovered something ancient. As the water evaporated it exposed dinosaur prints from 113 million years ago.
New dinosaur tracks uncovered in Texas after severe drought dries up river https://t.co/UlggCOagS5 pic.twitter.com/ZTjatM6Bbj
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 24, 2022
Sediment had covered the tracks when water was still present in the Paluxy River. The prints emerged in the Dinosaur Valley State Park, an area in Glen Rose, Texas known for its dinosaur tracks. The newly discovered prints belong to an Acrocanthosaurus, which grew up to 15 feet tall and weighed in at around 7 tons, and a Sauroposeidon, which towered at 60 feet in height and could tip the scales at as much as 44 tons.
Visibility of the area’s ancient footprints largely depends on how much rainfall there is. Researchers are racing against the clock because the area is expecting precipitation soon, which will bury the tracks. While the cover isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as the sediment protects the prints from erosion and weathering, it makes continued study impossible.
Stephanie Salinas Garcia, a member of the park’s press office, expressed to CBS News that workers get excited whenever they get to discover and experience new dinosaur tracks. Garcia asserted the park would continue to protect the ancient footprints, not only for the current generation to enjoy, but for future ones as well.
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