“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Hagerman in Gooding County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)

A Changing Climate

A Changing Climate Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 8, 2019
1. A Changing Climate Marker
Caption: (insert) Artist Jay Matternas' depiction of the Hagerman area in the Late Pliocene Epoch.
Inscription.  Idaho was a very different place during the Pliocene Epoch (three to four million years ago). Like much of the planet, this area was warmer and more humid, with annual rain fall of 20 inches. Studies of ancient pollen found in the sand and clay layers suggest that there were trees and grasslands which supported many creatures. Mastadons, camels, and horses existed alongside much smaller animals like shrews, turtles, and fish Over 200 species of plants and animals have been excavated from the cliffs. As they died they left their bones and pollen in the sediment.
From studying the fossils, scientists have determined the climate changed, becoming cold and dry. The first ice age had arrived. Some animals adapted, some migrated, while others simply became extinct. Hagerman has one of the most prolific accumulation of fossils in the world from the Pliocene Epoch, and they tell a story of the consequences of a changing climate.

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While climate change occurs naturally in nature, our effect on the climate has been more immediate. Deforestation, fossil fuel consumption, and non-sustainable farming practices are impacting the climate.
Here are some things you can do to help slow climate change: keep an energy efficient home, recycle, buy local foods, plant a tree, or purchase carbon offsets.
Erected by Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural FeaturesPaleontology.
Location. 42° 45.786′ N, 114° 55.346′ W. Marker is in Hagerman, Idaho, in Gooding County. Marker can be reached from Bell Rapids Road near Upper Salmon Falls Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hagerman ID 83332, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sediments and Fossils (here, next to this marker); Ancient Lakes (here, next to this marker); Where are the Fossils? (within shouting distance of this marker); "The People" (within shouting distance of this marker); Right Beneath Your Feet
A Changing Climate Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, August 8, 2019
2. A Changing Climate Marker
This marker is on the right.
(approx. 1.8 miles away); Volcanoes Along the Snake (approx. 1.9 miles away); Manifest Destiny (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Great Westward Migration (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hagerman.
More about this marker. This marker is located at Snake River Overlook in Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 14, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 134 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 14, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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