Geocaching.com


Geocaching

Welcome, Visitor!

Sign In | Create Account

Sign in with Facebook


or

Sign in with Geocaching

Forgot Username/Password

EarthCache

The La Brea Tar Pits

A cache by GeoCraig
Hidden : 6/27/2005
In California, United States
Difficulty:
1 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

Size: Size: not chosen (not chosen)

Join now to view geocache location details. It's free!

Watch

How Geocaching Works

Please note Use of geocaching.com services is subject to the terms and conditions in our disclaimer.

Geocache Description:

To log this cache, post a photo of you and your GPS AND e-mail me with the pit number and the depth of the excavation in feet at N 34 03.859 W 118 21.455.

The La Brea Tar Pits

The La Brea Tar Pits offer a glimpse of what Los Angeles was like at the end of the Ice Age, 40,000 to 100,000 years ago.  Saber-toothed tigers and woolly mammoths lived in the area and were trapped in the pools of tar.  Within the 23 acres of Hancock Park, there are more than 100 tar pits—areas where crude oil seeps to the surface.  The lighter part of the oil evaporates and asphalt is left.  As you walk through the park, look for small areas surrounded by short fences.  These are some of the smaller tar pits and you will be able to walk right up to them.

Since excavation began in 1906, more that one million bones have been recovered, representing more than 230 species of vertebrates.  159 kinds of plants and 234 kinds of invertebrates have been identified.  Because the asphalt relatively quickly covers the items, the condition of the bones is excellent.

 

                     

 

Located throughout the park are full-size replicas of Ice Age animals---giant sloths, a prehistoric bear, and fighting saber-tooth cats.  A family of mammoths, getting entrapped in the tar lake can easily be seen from Wilshire Blvd.

Located in the center of the Park, the Page Museum is the home of the largest collection of Ice Age plants and animals.  You can watch bones being cleaned and repaired.  There is no fee charged for the museum on the first Tuesday of each month.

This block is not only the home of tigers and mammoths, but also the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 

Check these links for more information on the La Brea Tar Pits:

Page Museum

UC Berkeley

USGS

You are within 75 feet of  That Black Gooey Smelly Stuff so be sure to go find it also. 

Additional Hints (No hints available.)

Attributes

No attributes available

Advertising with Us

Inventory

There are no Trackables in this cache.

 

Find...

937 Logged Visits

Found it 924     Didn't find it 2     Write note 10     Post Reviewer Note 1     

View Logbook | View the Image Gallery of 806 images

**Warning! Spoilers may be included in the descriptions or links.

Current Time:
Last Updated: on 7/21/2014 2:42:33 PM Pacific Daylight Time (9:42 PM GMT)
Rendered From:Unknown
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum