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Peek into Blue Basin, Sheep Rock Unit, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

The Blue Basin of central Oregon’s John Day formation offers a spectacular view into the past. It consists of volcanic ash deposited 29 million years ago, when the ancestral Cascade Mountains erupted. The volcanoes’ eruptions sprinkled the ash multiple times upon a much different landscape then today’s: a hardwood forest in contrast to the current sage desert. Bear-dogs, three- and four-toed horses, oreodonts, sabertoothed predators, and a sheep-like herbivore roamed the elm, beech and oak woodlands. While some of these animals and trees transformed into ones we know today, others, like the oreodont, no longer exist (John Day Fossil Beds National Monument n.d.).

It is just wild that this huge layer of ash in the middle of the desert buried a wet, hardwood forest multiple times…in this same spot.

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    John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

    n.d.   Signs along the Island Through Time Trail and the Blue Basin Overlook Trail.

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