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    The River Bottom
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    Devonian Shales
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    by Toughluck Written Oct 11, 2007

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    Located on the banks of the Ohio River in Clarksville, Indiana at I-65 exit 0 is the Falls of the Ohio State Park. The 386-million-year-old fossil beds are among the largest exposed Devonian fossil beds in the world. The park features a spectacular interpretive center overlooking the fossil beds. Inside you will find a 14 minute movie, an exhibit gallery with river and marine aquariums.

    It is best to go in the summer after the spring floods have gone down. The best part of the park is the river bed of the Ohio River. Here at the 'falls', the fossil laiden rocks are laid bare, but only when the channel control works have stopped the water flow through this part of the river. Then, you can walk the river bottom finding fossils.

    Falls of the Ohio Archeology Society, AS
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    Devonian - The period of geologic time between 408 -360 million years ago, marked by the dominance of fishes and the first amphibians. The limestone layers at the Falls of the Ohio were deposited during the middle of the Devonian Period.

    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel

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