UPPER MIOCENE MARINE FOSSILS, YORKTOWN, VA

Donald Kenney (donaldkenney@gmail.com)
Last Update: Wed Mar 7 19:08:51 2012



Introduction

Regional outcrops of unconsolidated Miocene Yorktown Formation sands. Diverse and abundant Upper Miocene invertebrates. A few vertebrates -- mostly shark teeth -- as well.

The Site(s)

Location

The most accessible outcrops are near the South bank of the York River from Williamsburg to and including Yorktown in roadcuts, stream cuts, and any other exposures. Unlike the older Miocene formations along the Calvert Cliffs where collecting is almost entirely restricted to beaches where most shells are fragmented., invertebrates are commonly weathered out and intact.

Maps


Rules and Access

Much of the area is US government park land. Collecting is probably technically illegal or restricted, but may be tacitly permitted in road cuts and such if done judiciously. Collecting on private land requires property owner permission as it does everywhere.

Related Localities

Yorktown exposures are common along the rivers feeding into the South part of Chesapeake Bay from Virginia Beach West to Petersburg.

Paleontology

Geology

Formations (youngest first)

Other Stuff

References

Copyright, Licensing, and such

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