Permian Pompeii

To begin our week comes Ancient Forest Frozen in Time by Volcano. The geological period is the Permian, the place is Inner Mongolia, and the age is 298 Ma. The paper, Permian vegetational Pompeii from Inner Mongolia and its implications for landscape paleoecology and paleobiogeography of Cathaysia from PNAS, is available as open access here.

Not alot more is left of the trees in this find, one of which may be of a similar variety to this. Continue reading