A Jurassic Discovery

Laurel, Maryland, is a diverse bedroom community located between Washington D.C. and Baltimore. It is in a transitional zone between the coastal plain to the east and the piedmont to the west. Laurel sits upon a unique geological formation called the Arundel Formation, composed of iron bearing clays. These clays beneath Laurel were formed 110 million years ago, during the Cretaceous Period, when the area was delta-like, similar to the environment of southern Louisiana today. Historically a source of iron …


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