Exposures Of The Sheep Pass Formation

White Pine County, Nevada

A Google Earth street car perspective that I edited and processed through photoshop. Every rock within view belongs to the upper Cretaceous to middle Eocene Sheep Pass Formation, White Pine County, Nevada. The Sheep Pass deposit yields abundant fresh water gastropods, pelecypods (AKA, the bivalves), and ostrocods (a minute bivalved crustacean--sometimes colloquially called a seed shrimp)--in addition to roughly 40 species of vertebrate remains: amphibians (spectacular complete frog skeletons, in particular), reptiles, birds, and early extinct mammals--the first confirmed Eocene vertebrate fossil-bearing geologic rock unit recognized from the Great Basin district.

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