Sharktooth Hill Posterity Project

$50 of $100k goal

Raised by 1 person in 5 months
Welcome to Sharktooth Hill, California! Located in the eastern foothills of the southern San Joaquin Valley, 10 miles northeast of Bakersfield, resides one of the most dense deposits of marine fossils on the planet. A mid-Miocene treasure, yielding millions of fossils, and now a posterity project for science and learning.
   Our project will create an exhibit that will inform and inspire generations of children for years to come. Over a twelve year period, a large swath of the fossil bed will be excavated for DISPLAY ONLY.
   Meter by meter, over this long period, scientists and graduate students will slowly uncover a "snapshot" for posterity. All new species will be removed and studied. Once the science is complete, a replica will be inserted back into the fossil bed. All known fossils will be stabilized in their original location.

   At the conclusion of this project, a large steel building will be erected over the location for protection.

   As this project takes time, money will be be needed to pay for excavation expenses over its long duration. Equipment will be purchased, specifically a Bobcat Compact Excavator (or equivalent). And finally, many years down the road, a steel building with roll-up doors will be needed - protecting this site far into the future.

Thank You for your time, and in advance for your support.
The Ernst Quarries
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Raised by 1 person in 5 months
Created November 17, 2016
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