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    Petrified Forest

    National Park Arizona

Science and Education Center Lecture Series, August 6

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Date: July 29, 2008
Contact: Bill Parker, 928-524-6228 x 262

Petrified Forest National Park Science and Education Center Lecture Series August 6

Petrified Forest— Paleontologist and geologist Dr. Jeffrey Martz will be providing a presentation titled “Reconstructing time: using rocks and fossils to uncover the beginning of the Age of Dinosaurs” as part of the park’s Science and Education Center Lecture Series. This presentation will focus on current research to determine the order of rock layers in the park and the timing of the first appearances of specific species of fossil reptiles in the rock record. The presentation will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 6, 2008, and will be held at the Painted Desert Visitor Center Community Building in Petrified Forest National Park. The PDVC is located at Exit 311 on Interstate Highway 40. This presentation is open to the public and admission is free.

The Petrified Forest National Park Science and Education Center was established to bring park visitors and researchers together to foster understanding and appreciation of the natural and cultural resources of the park and the Colorado Plateau. Lectures are held the first Wednesday of each month on a variety of topics including geology, paleontology, archeology, and biology.

For more information call (928) 524-6228 weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time; or write to the Superintendent, Petrified Forest National Park, P.O. Box 2217, Petrified Forest, AZ 86028; or e-mail the park.

Did You Know?

red badlands

Standing on the edge of a vast badlands landscape, a Spanish explorer is rumored to have named the area "El Desierto Pintado" (The Painted Desert) because the hills looked like they were painted with the colors of the sunset.