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What did the East Coast Look Like 3 Million Years Ago?

Scientists dig up ancient clams 90 miles from the ocean.

Publish Date: Topic: Planet EarthPlanet EarthNova
By Sukee Bennett

To understand what the coastline might look if Earth’s climate continues to warm, paleontologist Kirk Johnson and geologist Maureen Raymo search for 3-million-year-old clams in a Virginia quarry miles inland.

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