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Thrombolites Walking Trail

Route 430, Flower's Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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A nice short walk to extremely rare geologic feature

Stopped here along our way from Gros Morne to L'Anse-aux-Meadows for a short (10 minutes) walk to... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2017
scottandelaine
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Northern Virginia
Wander into history

Simple trail that takes you waaaaay back in time! It was a great break to a long car ride. The... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2017
bankrbear
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Toronto, Canada
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Route 430, Flower's Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

Stopped here along our way from Gros Morne to L'Anse-aux-Meadows for a short (10 minutes) walk to break up the drive. Had read about the extremely rare occurrence of thrombolites (only here and one other place, in Australia) and wanted to see them in person....More

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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

Simple trail that takes you waaaaay back in time! It was a great break to a long car ride. The trail is easy and he signage is good. It's an interesting look at a very long ago and fossils I'd never heard of before

1  Thank bankrbear
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Reviewed 24 August 2017

Very informative board in the car park gives you an idea of what to expect. It's a good job as there's no indication how far to walk until you get there. These thrombolites can only be seen here and in Australia and are therefore very...More

Thank Julie P
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Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

These fascinating loaf shaped rocks are supposedly an ancient living source of our Oxygen, similar to photosynthesis. The rocks here are long dead; but the ones in Australia are still living. The trail is well marked with interpretive signage. The walk is manageable for most...More

Thank Warren D
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Reviewed 18 August 2017

Apparently the Thrombolites at Flowers Cove are extremely rare - it is only one of two sites world wide where one can view them, the other being in Western Australia. We stopped here for lunch as we drove north and did the walking trail. They...More

1  Thank travellover077
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Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

If you are into geology you will love the thrombolites. A few yards from the highway on an easy walking trail, Flowers Cove on the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Thank Peggy C
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

Thromboliites are ancient fossils (the first form of life to release free oxygen into the atmosphere). This may have led to the extinction of earlier life forms, These fossils are found only here and in Shark Bay,, Perth, Australia. . The views while you are...More

Thank realbigbear
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

I had been looking forward to this visit, and the site far-exceeded my expectation. In addition to being a very unique place with unique flora, fauna and fossils, there is a lovely walking path over a covered bridge, alongside the shore, to get to the...More

Thank Dawn R
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Reviewed 1 August 2017

I thought they were still alive, or that the bacteria was still alive in them and was sad to find out there are more like fossils. Even so they are interesting and something very rare so worth a visit. The little trail to get there...More

Thank Ashley B
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Reviewed 10 December 2016

This is an interesting stop if you are interested in biology or geology. The thrombolites are fossils of ancient bacteria and algae that lived about 650 million years ago. They look like large grey boulders, but were once living organisms. They occur in only two...More

Thank trainfan2000
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