Vermont Nature March 21, 2017
One Of The Oddest Geological Wonders Is Located Right Here In Vermont
Did you know that Vermont is home to the Chazy Reef, which is the world’s oldest biologically diverse reef
in the history of Earth? Located in the picturesque Isle La Motte, the 450-million-year-old reef is protected by the Fisk Quarry Preserve and the Goodsell Ridge Preserve and has also been awarded a National Natural Landmark status. Visiting the preserves is a great activity for people of all ages, and is one of the most important geological wonders right here in VT.
On the northern most island, Isle La Motte, is the Chazy Reef which is 450 million years old.
Founded in 1998, the Isle La Motte Preservation Trust was formed to protect the island's land, architecture, farms and this important fossil reef.
The Goodsell Ridge Preserve and the Fisk Quarry Preserve are part of the Isle La Motte Preservation Trust and they encourage research, education and public appreciation of the reef.
You'll be amazed to see what the area must have appeared 450 million years ago, and see the fossils that that would have been in the ocean.
In all seasons of the year, visitors are welcome to enjoy the nature paths and the outdoor kiosk that tells the story of the evolution of the area.
From Memorial Day through Columbus Day, enjoy the Walk Through Time. This is is a world class outdoor exhibit on which some 80 colorfully illustrated panels are set up along a 4,600 foot trail.
You'll enjoy learning more about the 4.6 billion year history of life on Earth in a gorgeous setting.
You can also see the fossils of the Chazy Reef in the Nature Center.
Not to mention real examples of the historical findings!
We are so lucky to live in Vermont and have these fossils and reef readily available for us to explore!
In 1998 the Chazy Fossil Reef was awarded the designation of National Natural Landmark.
You just might find bits of the Chazy Reef around Vermont... Here is one at the Old Round Church in Richmond.
And another in one of Harry Barber's Miniature Castles!
Plan to visit the 85-acre preserve at Goodsell Ridge Fossil Preserve which is located on Quarry Road in Isle La Motte
Looking for more to do while you’re in the area? Check out these
things to do on the Champlain Islands.
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