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Where are the Agate Fossil Beds?

Where are the Agate Fossil Beds?

northwest Nebraska
Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, 3,055.22 acres in size (Federal: 2,737.52 acres; non-federal: 317.70 acres), is located in the sparsely populated ranchland along the Niobrara River of northwest Nebraska.

Are Agate Fossil Beds Open?

Alert 1 , Severity ,closure ,,Agate Fossil Beds Visitor Center is Open with ModificationsThe Agate Fossil Beds Visitor Center, park store, and both trails are fully open, with certain limitations, including masking regardless of vaccination status. Please visit our current conditions page for more information.

Is Agate a fossil?

Fossil agate is not to be confused with turritella agate, though they both contain fossilized sea life….Fossil Agate Geological Properties.

Mineral Information Mycrocrystalline quartz, banded chalcedony–often infused with iron and aluminum
Specific Gravity 2.60 – 2.65
Refractive Index 1.544 – 1.553

Is there a town called Agate Nebraska?

Agate is in Sioux County, Nebraska, United States. Agate is located on Nebraska Highway 29, 19 miles (31 km) south-southeast of Harrison. It is home to Agate Fossil Beds National Monument.

What to see at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument?

This semi-remote park offers the opportunity to explore two trails that lead to fossil dig sites. The park is surrounded by prairie grasslands offering the opportunity to view Pronghorn Antelope and other wildlife. The visitor center has a diorama showcasing mounted skeletons that represent the Miocene Epoch mammals that were found in this area.

Where to find fossils in Fort Robinson Nebraska?

Agate Fossil Beds National Monument: Agate Fossil Beds National Monument is one of the world’s most significant Miocene Epoch mammal sites. Several fossils can be found in exhibits along some of the monument’s trails. Exhibits in the visitor center contain a few real fossils and many plastic resin replicas.

Why are the Agate Hills important to paleontologists?

Yet, this place called “Agate” is a landscape that reflects many influences—from early animals roaming the valleys and hills, to tribal nations calling the High Plains home, to explorers passing through or settling in the American West. The Agate Fossil Hills has been a destination for paleontologists, explorers and National Park visitors.