Un bel confronto tra i coralli attuali e i coralli fossili.
Several days ago, while we were experiencing the (hopefully) final snow melt, the first fossil to show itself was this piece of Devonian coral. It’s one I had found down at a local dry creek bed last year. So, first to catch my attention this new season deserved to be immortalized – a funny notion given that its age is somewhere in the neighborhood of 387 million years old.
Later that day I ran across a wonderful series of modern day coral images made by photographer Silvie Burie. I thought I’d share a few with you today (they are the four square images to follow). While their beauty is undeniable, so too is their general fragility, given issues of global climate change – particularly the changing temperatures of ocean currents. Just something to think about as I juxtapose Ms Burie’s subjects with images of their ancestors found here in…
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