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There isn't much publicity around a rare fossil forest lying on the banks of the Stura river, just a few miles northwest of Torino. This extraordinary site was exposed in year 2000 when abundant rainfall had the swollen river to carve the limestone sediments that preserved large tree trunks and stumps for three million years.
These are Glypostrobus Europaeus, now extinct, kin to the North American sequoia. These fossils are incredibly preserved and still have flexible fibers, the wood even burns. Simply unbelievable. Specimens have been rescued and transfered to a museum in Torino but on-site conservation proves impossible, therefore authorities decided to leave it up to nature's will. The site is part of a protected area and the river will keep performing the erosion work and while some fossils will be washed away, some others will surface.
Visible fossils are not easy to find and it takes self-guided exploration to spot features but, if interested, contact me and I will provide the exact coordinates and access route for an interesting spot on the left river bank that can be reached with a 10-minute walk from a parking location. A GPS cycling route from Torino is also at disposal.
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