The local Devonian geography and climate was much
different than today. The abundance of corals and limestone
rock indicates this area was a warm, tropical, shallow
We know it was an ocean and not freshwater because the
fossils are similar to animals that live in the ocean
We are certain it was warm and tropical because limestone
only forms under those conditions.
We are sure it was shallow because many corals, including
some over a meter (40 inches) in diameter can be found
upside-down. This indicates that strong currents, like those
from a hurricane, tossed heavy corals.
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