Sunday, February 17, 2008

Wadi al-Hittan

45 million years ago, Egypt was under the sea. When the sea dried up, some whales were stranded, and their fossized bones are in Whale Valley. We also saw fossilized mangrove swamps, coral reefs, a swordfish, a sea turtle, and billions and billions of nummulites.

As you can see, there wasn't much of a road. The whole photo set is on flickr, Whale Valley.

1 comment:

Shirley Davis said...

Wow. Thanks for the photo-tour of Whale Valley. Astonishing, isn't it? Forty-five million years ago? I'm wondering what keeps the skeletons from being covered over by the shifting sands.