Indiana park uses rare fossil beds to attract visitors

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Rare fossil beds are becoming a star attraction for visitors to the Falls of the Ohio State Park in southern Indiana.

Park officials say they want to tap into a passion for geology to inspire others to visit the park for special events throughout the year.

Department of Natural Resources interpretive naturalist Alan Goldstein tells the News and Tribune that events such as Saturday's Earth Discovery Day help teach youths about geology and other earth sciences. Teachers also can get tips on how to incorporate learning tools into their classrooms.

Visitors Saturday were able to use a microscope to see ancient animals the size of a grain of sand or sift through shale dating back 425 million years.

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