The George C Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries and “Project 23”

Deborah Painter (USA) Los Angeles, California features among its many long boulevards a street that trends north to south for 34km: La Brea Avenue. This boulevard is named for a tranquil park a few city blocks from it, on Wilshire Boulevard. The park boasts animal statuary and the Pleistocene Garden, a recreation of the native vegetation that grew here during the Pleistocene epoch of the Quaternary period. This park also has a museum containing thousands upon thousands of animal and plant fossils preserved over a period of tens of thousands of years. This is the George C Page Museum of La Brea Discoveries at Hancock Park, 5801 Wilshire Boulevard on the site of the old “Rancho La Brea”, known more popularly as the La Brea Tar Pits (Fig. 1). The flora and fauna thus preserved represent a time from 50,000 BP (Before Present) to 10,000 BP. Fig. 1. La Brea Tar Pits is located in Hancock Park, Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Gina Cholick. Credits: Courtesy of the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County (NHMLAC).) “Brea” is Spanish for “tar”. Asphalt or petroleum seeps are crude oil deposits that are released at the earth’s surface. The volatiles dissipate, leaving asphalt (Fig. 2). Another interesting site not far away from the La Brea Tar Pits, readily accessible to visitors, is Carpinteria State Beach at 5361 6th Street, Carpinteria, California, near Santa Barbara, and the adjacent Tar Pits Park. Both are 135km northwest of the George C Page Museum. Fig. 2. … Read More

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