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How did fossils end up on the tops of mountains?

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Marine fossils form when creatures die and sink to the bottom where there is little oxygen, and are covered with sediment. If sediment continues to accumulate, after many years its weight will crush the deposit, and in combination with well known chemical processes, can cement it into sandstone. Later, if the sea floor it lifted by any of a number of (again, well understood) geological processes, what was once the sea floor can become part of a mountain. Such a mountain can form in a few million years, where fossils have been forming for 3 BILLION years.

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the animal died there, or at least remains were left there. remember geology is constantly shifting so current mountains could have been under the water, and under the ocean could have been land. example... sunken cities, Arizona used to be a rainforest, Ohio has sealife fossils from being under water.

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Because, mountains may form by being pushed up by the plates of the earth, and they plates may have been underwater

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Movement of earths tectonic plates

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How did marine fossils end up on top of the Guadalupe mountains?

because they were covered by oceans millions of years ago.


Why do geologists look for fossilized creatures and plants on mountaintops far from water?

The geologists look for fossils on mountaintops because the wind blows sand and small fossilized creatures on the tops of mountains. They also look up there because sealevel used to be much higher so creatures could still end up on the top.


Scientist have found fossils on the tops of mountain?

Yes, even at the top of Mount Everest. The sediments that make up the rock containing the fossils started at the bottom of an ocean. In the case of the Himalayas, when India collided with Asia through the action of plate tectonics, the ocean sediments between the continents were uplifted and squeezed into the mountain belt we see today, taking the fossils with it.


How can rocks on high mountains have fossils?

The material on the mountains was not always up there. Mountains are generally created by what is called uplift. And places that were under water and then had remains laid down and fossilized can be uplifted through long periods of time to create mountains. The fossils are then found up there in the mountains. The geologic process is fairly well understood and modeled by geologists.


What is one reason why fossils are found in the Ural Mountains?

Some scientists believed that a great flood left the fossils on Ural mountains. Other scientists believed that there were subcontinents that collide with each other creating the mountains by pushing the tectonic plates up.


What are fossil animals?

Animals that end up being fossils in a rock.


A poem from the falling up book?

Falling Up I tripped on my shoelaceAnd I fell up--Up to the roof tops,Up over the town,Up past the tree tops,Up over the mountains,Up where the colorsBlend into the sounds.But it got me so dizzyWhen I looked around,I got sick to my stomachAnd I threw down.


How could jagged mountain peaks become rounder?

Through harsh winds constantly battering the mountain tops possibly earthquakes which could end up grinding two mountains together,the friction of which could cause the peaks to round off.


Why mountains are differ in height and shape?

The mountains were formed as a result of the Earth's surface displacements. An example can be the shape of blanket we see after we get up from bed, with all those tops and valleys of different sizes, heights and depths.


How mountains on land can be composed of rock that contain fossils of animals that lived in ocean?

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Do mountains build up near the centre of plates?

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How can fossils found high in mountains be explained?

The Himalayan Mountains were gradually "pushed up" by plate tectonic shifts over several eons, but their peaks had at one time been below sea level - and covered by a shallow sea. That is where the fossils came from.