Saved in Time: The Fight to Establish Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Colorado

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UNM Press, Oct 15, 2012 - Law - 168 pages
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In the summer of 1969, a federal district court in Denver, Colorado, heard arguments in one of the nation’s first explicitly environmental cases, in which the Defenders of Florissant, Inc. opposed real estate interests intent on developing lands containing an extraordinary set of ancient fossils. This book, the first account of the fight to preserve the Florissant fossil beds, tells a story of environmental activism that remains little known more than forty years after the coalition’s victory. The principal author, Estella Leopold, was a major participant in the process.

 

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Contents

Unearthing Wonders
1
Geologic Book Burning or Preservation?
17
The Developers Want Florissant
38
Fossils Go to Court
55
Victoryin Court and in Congress
65
COLOR PLATES
68
The National Park Service Steps In
79
Beyond Florissant
95
An Epoch Sealed in Stone A Guide to Florissants Ancient Life and Fossils
105
Notes
116
Suggested Reading
127
Dramatis Personae
130
Index
135
Back Cover
140
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Paleobotanist Estella B. Leopold is professor emerita of biology at the University of Washington.

National Park Service paleontologist Herbert W. Meyer is the author of Fossils of Florissant.

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