Maritime Colorado: Pueblo, Colorado, 85 Million Years Ago

Uploaded: Jan. 13, 2014, 1:32 p.m. | Modified: June 11, 2019, 4:53 a.m. | Albums: Ancient Landscapes of Colorado with Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Late Cretaceous (85 Million Years ago) (Pierre Formation) Colorado sat beneath a shallow seaway that was several hundreds of meters deep. The nearest shoreline was in central Utah 300 km to the west. The scene is near Pueblo, Colorado

This preliminary version is part of a joint project between the Interactive Geology Project at the University of Colorado Boulder and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The nature paintings at the Colorado Convention Center and Denver Museum of Nature and Science are being animated.

From the painting "Maritime Colorado" (Colorado Convention Center), and "Submarine Colorado" (DMNS Ancient Denvers exhibit)(courtesy Kirk Johnson and Jan Vriesen). A special thanks to James Hagadorn and Ian Miller (DMNS) for their input.

Scene is by Joseph Rogers.
Geologic age: 85Ma