Marine Fossils Discovered In Jungle Cave


From the Bangkok Post of 10 June 2008 - a magnificent example of a journalist not having a clue about the subject of their report. Thanks to Liz Price for bringing this to my attention.

Marine fossils discovered in jungle cave

SURAT THANI : Marine fossils dating back 250 million to 400 million years have been found in Surat Thani province. Geologists of the Mineral Resources Department surveyed Pakarang cave, near Ratchaprapha dam, last weekend and found fossils of sea animals inside the limestone cave in Ban Ta Khun district, Varavudh Suteethorn, director for fossils and geology, said yesterday. He believed the cave was created undersea between 250 million and 400 million years ago. There was coral during that period, so it is likely the cave would contain coral fossils. A full survey of the cave will be carried later this year. Mr Varavudh said Pakarang cave also features rare coral-like stalactites probably created by its unique natural conditions.
Chatchai Phramkaew, chief of the Khlong Saeng wildlife sanctuary, in which Pakarang cave is situated, said many visitors were interested in the cave, especially the stalactites. They frequently ask how the stalactites were formed, but officials did not know the answer. Authorities had asked the geologists to study the cave and provide the information, he said. Somchao Kosol, president of the Surat Thani Tourist Guide Association, said tourists usually visit the cave by boat. The newly-discovered coral fossils would be an extra selling point for tours. He added that a marine fossil site in the middle of a jungle was rare worldwide.