The petrified forest of Lesbos island is "growing"
lundi juin 18, 2012 11:24 | AUTEUR : T
New discoveries of petrified trees at the area of Agia Paraskevi show that there has been a dense forest 17 Million years ago on the western part of the island of Lesbos. New excavations under the palaeontologist Prof. Nikos Sourou show about 45 species of trees. Some even in the original position with their roots. In future it is planned to include the new items in the geopark of Lesbos island. The fossils are covered by many meters of pyroclastic material of huge volcanic eruptions that took place in the time around 15-23 Million years. Some of the volcanoes that caused this wonder of nature can be found even today after millions of years of erosion (caldera of Agra, Lepetimnos volcano and other lava domes).
The massiv of the Lepetimnos volcano - the origin of the pyroclastic material that covered the forests 15-23 Million years ago?
Today you may visit the most interesting parts and items of the petrified forest of Lesbos already in one of the best international museum of fossil trees in the village Sigri on western Lesbos island. The natural heritage of the petrified forest of Sigri belongs also to the international UNESCO-Geoparks.
Museum of the petrified forest of Sigri
Tours to the petrified forest and other geological points of interest on Lesbos island:
Tours to the petrified forest and other geologiscal highlights
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