Electrical erosion may play a role in Tafoni creation. Of course this possibility would not be considered by normal people. Just heretics.
Mr. Hepburn found this stone when excavating for a well on his property. It was found near the bottom, about twenty-eight feet below the surface. Over the spot where the well was dug there grew a cedar tree dated at over 640 years old. Scientist of that period were intensely interested in this discovery.
The scientist estimated the amount of time it would have taken to accumulate twenty-seven feet of debris, soil and rubbish over the location of the stone, coupled with the age of the cedar, and concluded after study that the artist had carved the tone some 15,000 years ago. The stone weighs rughly one hundred pounds, is about sixteen inches high, seventeen inches in circumference, and is a sort of pear shape with a rude carving of a man's face on the front while on the other side is the face of an animal.
Nothing is known of the people who did the carving, where they came from. what they were like, or even where they went or when they disappeared. If they were related to the tribe whose artifacts were found on Duke Point, they were indeed and advanced group.
Neil Crozer, the Victoria archaelogist who supervised the dig, was intrigued with many things found thee, among which were micro blades of obsidian, finer than anything manufactured today. Obsidian is avery solid matrial and yet these were so fine, one could see light through them. Wether they were manufactured here or purchased by trading with other tribes, is not known, but the obsidian was judged to have come from Oregon.
Some five hundred beads were unearthed and it is believed that Duke Point was the site of the manufacture of these items.
(link)A 72-million-year-old palm tree fossil - the biggest fossil leaf ever found in Canada - was discovered in Nanaimo in August 1996. Salvage palaeontology of the site revealed exquisitely preserved specimens of the Upper Cretaceous Period, including dawn redwood, several fern species and many angiosperms. Unfortunately, most of the remaining fossil-containing rock has been excavated, crushed, and used as road fill for the Duke Point Road extension to the Duke Point Ferry Terminal.
ancientd wrote:[....].Also at Lake Mungo there are quite a few and at Kow swamp lunette in Echuca where they appear to be of a different genera.In this regard they resemble the large assemblage of fossilised megafauna along the Mississippi river.( see article by Paulina West at http://www.ancientdestructions.com) However aboriginal legend from the Parkinji tribe ( spelling guess) mention the skygod who whirled his boomerang around destroying the trees and forming the round sand lunette ( concretized as you would expect from an EU event)which the bodies are buried and scattered in. These bodies are either within the concretised sand or fossilized and scattered on the shores of the lake . I believe fossilization is most probably an instantaneous event where element transmutation or transformation takes place thus preserving the biological material which would rapidly otherwise dissappear. Although the collection could of been driven by a tsunami ,in this case since they surround a round lake and are placed up in the hills.The round shape of the lunette would seem to preclude a chevron deposition . Since as Ted Bryant ( who also appears on the film) notes the formation of these spear shaped chevron formations( i.e. Tsunami deposits) around the area ,which is some 4 hundred miles inland, this is also a puzzle but the cause of the formation of the lunettes is a more compelling story. Part of the story involves the magnetic reversal that occurred at Lake Mungo and by insinuation at the close by Lake Victoria [....]
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