Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment plans to develop the Khao Nang Phanthurat Forest Park in Phetchaburi province into a geological tourist destination, to promote geological study and conservation of natural resources.

Dr. Yuthapol Angkinan, an advisor to the minister of natural resources and environment, said today (Sunday) that geologists from the Department of Mineral Resources have recently found many fossilised marine creatures embedded in the limestone mountain in the park, which are thought to be from about 250 million years ago, during the Permian period.

He said that the fossilised marine creatures include bivalves, single-shell mollusc and corals.  Some can be easily seen with the naked eye and up to 5 centimetres long.  A geological expert, Phoobet Sakha, said the limestone mountain in the forest park was created by the massive accumulation of calcium carbonate sediments, dating back more than 250 million years.

He said that some of the fossilised corals appear like tree branches or horns, called Rugose corals, which were once living corals that became extinct about 250 million years ago.

A report from Netnapha Ngamnet, head of Nang Phanthurat park, in collaboration with officials from the Department of Natural Resources had previously instigated investigations of the invertebrate fossils,

The Department of Natural Resources will conduct a detailed exploration of fossils inside the Nang Phanthirat Park and as it continues to be a geological learning centre.

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