A geological park in the open air invites visitors to get deep into the wonderful world of the geological eras in order to understand the life and death of prehistoric sea animals.
Bryn Gwyn, which stands for “white hill” in Welsh, was the reference we had. We chose a sunny afternoon to see the geological park, whose excavations have been designed to be visited on foot.
We followed the road of the farms and then took a detour to the paleontological park. We reached the station called Campo Inferior, on the side of the cliff. This is the first site of its kind in South America and the tour is self-guided.
Our first step was to take the brochure that would let us spot each finding and learn something about them. The report read that scientific research carried out in the lower valley of the Chubut River discovered formations that date back from millions of years ago.
We made ourselves comfortable with our camera and carried our backpack on our shoulders, so as to free our hands. We followed the circuit chronologically, from prehistory till this date. We ascended gradually and little by little came to the various geological stratums, and saw the objects anticipated by the brochure.
A simple and educational tour
Fossils, partially exposed
Report a history of geological and climatic changes
"Diving" in the Tertiary
Entrance to the tunnel of time
Sarmiento is the name of the first formation, originated 40 million years ago. The sea had flooded the Patagonian woodlands, which represented a large plain similar to the ones in Africa. The studies carried out give evidence of the fact that in that period the region experienced high temperatures. Furthermore, the remains of mammals and some kinds of wasps were found in its arid hillocks.
As we reached the highest part, we saw the Patagonian shingle formations, generated by volcanic eruptions and then transported by the glaciers and rivers. They are estimated to be around 100,000 years old.
This amusing hike did not make us tired, in spite of the heat, which forced us to rest here and there to recover our energy. We thanked researchers such as Simpson, Feruglio and the Ameghino brothers for shedding light upon a topic that turned out to be so distant for us.
That journey back in time let us walk around sites that have existed for millions of years, and then return to the land that welcomes and shelters us. All that in only one hour.
Mónica Pons Karina Jozami
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