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Near Florissant in Teller County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Present Touches the Past

 
 
The Present Touches the Past Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 11, 2020
1. The Present Touches the Past Marker
Inscription.  

Just beyond the circular wooden fence in front of you is a young ponderosa pine tree growing out of the top of an ancient petrified redwood tree stump. The huge redwood tree was buried by a volcanic mudflow and was later exposed by erosion. The bottom 15 feet (4.6 meters) of the tree became petrified. Imagine the changes in this area over the past 34 million years.

Responding to Climate Change
Climate changes over the millenia brought different kinds of forests and animal life. Millions of trees grew in thousands of generations of forest which continually changed compostion through time. Gradually, the forest of redwoods became the forest of ponderosa pines. Today, you literally see the present growing out of the past.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentPaleontologyParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 38° 54.772′ N, 105° 17.158′ W. Marker is near Florissant, Colorado, in Teller County. Marker is along

The Present Touches the Past Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 11, 2020
2. The Present Touches the Past Marker
Ponderosa pine growing over a petrified redwood stump inside fence
the Ponderosa Loop Trail at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15807 County Road 1, Florissant CO 80816, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Life in the Forest (within shouting distance of this marker); Reading the Rings (within shouting distance of this marker); Stumps of Stone (within shouting distance of this marker); Dawn of the Recent Past (within shouting distance of this marker); Florissant Valley Today (within shouting distance of this marker); Is the Trio in Trouble? (within shouting distance of this marker); Delicate Impressions (within shouting distance of this marker); Ancient Forest Diversity (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florissant.
 
Also see . . .  Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. (Submitted on October 23, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Ponderosa Pine Growing Around Petrified Redwood Stump image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 11, 2020
3. Ponderosa Pine Growing Around Petrified Redwood Stump
Ponderosa Pine Growing Around Petrified Redwood Stump image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 11, 2020
4. Ponderosa Pine Growing Around Petrified Redwood Stump
Ponderosa Pine Growing Around Petrified Redwood Stump image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 11, 2020
5. Ponderosa Pine Growing Around Petrified Redwood Stump
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 23, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 23, 2020, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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Jan. 28, 2021