Ye gods…

There’s geovandalism – and then there’s sheer f***ing insanity.

Thousands of pre-dinosaur fossils are scattered in the rocks of the Guryul ravine, rated by geologists as the world’s premier site for the study of species from the Permian period (299-251 million years before our time).

These species, felled by the greatest mass extinction ever, are being wiped out a second time.

The most fossil-rich stretch, a little over one square kilometre, houses five quarries, two of them operating now. A large part of the extractions is supplied to cement factory owners at nearby Khunmoh.

Not only is this apparently one of the more complete stratigraphic sections across the Permian-Triassic boundary, but it’s location in Kashmir means that it hasn’t actually been studied particularly well. And they’re turning it into cement. Cement! Words actually fail me. Polite ones, anyway.

Categories: antiscience, fossils, geology

Comments (8)

  1. Moopheus says:

    At 600 rs a truckload, you’d think someone could raise some funds to buy the quarry owner out.
    Do you think that guy seriously did not know what a fossil is?

  2. BrianR says:

    yeah, you’re right, i couldn’t find any non-curse words to put here

  3. Kim says:

    (I can’t come up with anything to say that would be acceptable in polite company, either.)

  4. Insult to injury: producing cement liberates CO2 into the atmosphere. The greater tragedy is of course the loss of important geological information, but if they were somehow sequestering carbon here it would be more of a pro/con thing. This is just bad news all the way around.

  5. Laelaps says:

    Yikes! Even when the fossils make out relatively unscathed into the spoil piles of such operations, they’re all out of context and have been beaten up a bit. In the words of comic book guy “There’s no emoticon for what I’m feeling.”

  6. Dave Briggs says:

    Cement! Words actually fail me. Polite ones, anyway.
    Yep! It’s a crying shame for sure! Maybe something can be done?
    Dave Briggs :~)

  7. Lab Lemming says:

    On the other hand, how many fossils get incinerated everyday in the bowels of coal-burning power plants?
    I”ve got the email addresses of the interviewed professors; I’ll drop them a line when Iget a chance to see if there is anything practical that can be done. Brian (R), do you think that The Man or one of his peers could be talked into buying these guys out for PR/carbon offset reasons?

  8. BrianR says:

    The Man will only do good things if there is enough outcry for it … The Man prefers to not go out of his way, but definitely will if enough people tell him it’s the “right” thing to do.
    Perhaps all this press will help.