Fossil Collecting in the Mid-Atlantic States
With Localities, Collecting Tips, and Illustrations of More than 450 Fossil Specimens
"A fossil," writes Jasper Burns, "is first of all a thing of remarkable beauty. The sense of awe and exhilaration so many of us feel in the presence of the Ocean, or the Pyramids, or the Great Wall of China comes to me when I find a broken shell that's a million years oldNothing in nature can seem more mute than the stone impression of an organism whose kind disappeared half a billion years ago-yet almost nothing can be more eloquent if we have the ears to hear."
For most of his life Jasper Burns has been "hearing" the message of fossils. Drawn from this extensive experience, this book is both an introduction to the hobby of fossil collecting and a unique field guide to sites in the Mid-Atlantic region. The book is beautifully illustrated with the author's drawings of more than 450 fossil specimens and the sites where they can be found.
In all, Fossil Collecting in the Mid-Atlantic States describes forty-six specific sites in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Each description includes:
• Precise directions to the site and a description of the most productive areas
• The name and geologic period of the rock formations containing fossils
• What to look for and how to find it
• Special hazards or problems
• A complete list of fossils identified at the site
• Detailed illustrations of the major specimens
About the Author
Aritist, writer, and illustrator Jasper Burns has been collecting fossils since 1958. He illustrated P.B.'s Quick Index to Bird Nesting; Fossil Collecting in the Mid-Atlantic States is his first book.
"The definitive regional guide for amateur fossil hunters in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and parts of Delaware and Pennsylvania."
"An amateur rock sleuth for 30 years, Burns successfully conveys his love for and admiration of fossils in this book. His pencil drawings are clear, clean, and incredibly detailed. Advancing from a rock history of the Chesapeake region, the book includes specific sites for fossil hunting, tips on proper tools, and advice on identifying and displaying a collection."
"Includes everything from scientific explanation of the nature of fossils and rock formations to a practical guide for finding the necessary tools, sizing up sites, identifying fossils and displaying them back home."
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