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Middle Silurian paleoecology; The Raber Fossil Beds, Chippewa County, Michigan

Randall L. Milstein
Randall L. Milstein
Subsurface and Petroleum Geology Unit
Michigan Geological Survey, Lansing, Michigan 48912
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January 01, 1987


The Raber Fossil Beds are in Sec.32, 33, 34, T.43N., R.3 E., and to the general public for their unusual scenic appeal. Collectand Sec.3–5, 8–11, T.42N., R.3E., Chippewa County, Michigan; ing of fossil specimens on tate-owned land is discouraged. Pres-Goetzville, Michigan, 7½-minute Quadrangle. The RaberFossil ently, theRaber area is under review as a potential protected Beds are located roughly 1 mi (2 km) south and southeast of the Natural Area. Within such a Natural Area the collecting of specvillage of Raber, on the St. Marys River (Fig.1).

The area is accessible from two points. A trail from near the Privately-owned land surrounding the state property offers Bernard Farm leads in a southeasterly direction 0.5 mi (0.8 km) many tine collecting areas. Permission must be gained from land to the base of a low rock escarpment and follows this escarpment owners prior to entryon their property. for an additional 0.5 mi (0.8 km) where the trail branches and Visitors to the Raber site should prepare themselves adecontinues to the top of the ridge. A second point of access is by quately for hiking through rough, often uneven wooded terrain. means of a road extending directly east of Goetzville which is From early spring to late autumn, biting insects can be passable for approximately 0.5 (0.8 km) into the area. Other bush bothersome. trails into the area are not readily passable by automobiles.

The majority of land in which the Raber Fossil Beds exist is Raber area contains the ruins

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DNAG, Centennial Field Guides

North-Central Section of the Geological Society of America

Geological Society of America
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January 01, 1987




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