Fossil Spruce Wood and Needles Say Crystal Lake 16,000 Years Old

Another article about the Ilionois State Geologic Survey findings retrieved from the clutches of Google’s having identified McHenry County Blog in the latter part of 2006.

As I reported earlier, Brandon Curry of the Illinois State Geological Survey was in Crystal Lake last May conducting a bathymetric study to map the bottom of the lake.

But he was here in the middle of winter, too, a couple of years earlier.

Separate from the investigation of modern-day lake conditions, such as lake bathymetry (mapping the contours of Crystal Lake), is the study by Curry and other scientists of teeny-tiny fossils, such as ostracodes and plant pollen, to help understand past changes in lake levels and climate.

A sediment core he took in 2002 while the lake was covered by ice now shows scientists that Crystal Lake is 16,000 years old.

The core was taken in 42 feet water near the middle of the lake.

“At the bottom of our 30-foot long sediment core (going down to 72 feet below the water’s surface) were fossils of ancient spruce trees–needles and wood–that we had radiocarbon dated. We now know the age of the lake is about 16,000 years,” Curry told me. “That’s when the glacier left.”

From left to right can be seen a white spruce needle, snowbank willow leaf, and arctic bilberry leaf that Curry emailed me.

“You need about 5 to 10 of these for a radiocarbon date.”

He mentions a bronze box around the fossils, which I could not pick off my screen, “is 1 square centimeter.”

Curry also sent me a picture of the non-vegetable micro-fossil below, along with this explanation:

Here is…one of the microcritters found in the Crystal Lake core.

The species, Limnocythere varia, is an ostracode, a micro- crustacean.

The shell covers the organism like a clam shell clothes a clam (in other words, the ostracodes are bivalved), but the critter inside is built like a shrimp, and not a snail.

Ostracodes have been on this earth for a few hundreds of millions of years; this particular shell is about 8,200 years old, and is a clue that lake levels at that time were quite low.

This organism is quite abundant on the slopes of Crystal Lake at water depths between about 12 to 20 feet.


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Fossil Spruce Wood and Needles Say Crystal Lake 16,000 Years Old — 22 Comments

  1. “A sediment core he took in 2002 while the lake was covered by ice now shows scientists that Crystal Lake is 16,000 years old”. Our sunshine blogger witnessed it all. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock…

  2. LOL Hoax “Science”. Look up the reality for carbon dating. They made all that stuff up. Ever notice that whatever date they think they are looking for, voila – they find? “Science” made up from unprovable theories is all bunkum. Pure bunkum just like gravity, evolution, Piltdown man, etc.

  3. Ah, right around the same time Mastodons died off.

    Became extinct waiting for School Property Tax relief.

  4. BHAHGAHAHAHA

    Cindy is my favorite. I sometimes wonder if she is an elaborate performance piece by someone whose goal is to embody a caricature of what a solipsistic, radical right winger would be.

    Bravo Cindy, please keep the crazy coming.

  5. Did the Ostracods have to pay obscenely high lakefront property taxes back then?

  6. More proof that Illinois is unmanageable.
    Even the dinosaurs left.

  7. Can’t wait to move to AZ, a place w/o townships and crooks like Miller and Condon!

  8. Can’t wait to move to AZ, a place w/o townships and crooks like Miller and Condon!

  9. Can’t wait to move to AZ, a place w/o townships and crooks like Miller and Condon!

  10. Abe, you’re right! Carbon 14 dating is a scam created by liberals to discredit the literal interpretation of the bible. Clearly, radioactive isotope decay is simply a myth that’s perpetrated by all college, high school, and middle school teachers to undermine Christianity! /s

  11. I disagree! Not all dinosaurs left. Our sunshine blogger is living proof…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock…

  12. And Spotlight is STILL a complete idiot. It has to be a very hard working person that intends to be THAT stupid!

  13. I know I’m on the right track when I break Cindy’s Gish Gallop and she starts calling me stupid. It warms my heart.

  14. **It has to be a very hard working person that intends to be THAT stupid!**

    Says the person that doesn’t believe in science. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  15. Alabama, that’s the thing about science, you don’t have to ‘believe’ it to be true. lol

  16. Alabama? You are a true idiot, also. Where did I EVER say any such thing? Your reading comprehension is about as good as Spot’s common sense. Infinitesimal.

  17. Dear Satan: Could you please compile and publish a ranking list of all idiots and morons who comment on this beloved sunshine blog. Also include the selection criteria and scores. If I am in the top 10, I will be more than honored. You see, I keep educating myself on the wonders and beauties of the right wing. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock, meow, meow, meeeeeoooooowwwwwwwww…

  18. Cindy on 06/18/2018 at 11:49 am said:
    LOL Hoax “Science”. Look up the reality for carbon dating. They made all that stuff up. Ever notice that whatever date they think they are looking for, voila – they find? “Science” made up from unprovable theories is all bunkum. Pure bunkum just like gravity, evolution, Piltdown man, etc.

    AlabamaShake on 06/19/2018 at 11:04 am said:
    **It has to be a very hard working person that intends to be THAT stupid!**

    Says the person that doesn’t believe in science. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    I say, stupid Cindy….just gaslighting again….deluded….

  19. According to Wiki, Ice Age glaciers retreated from Illinois northward over the current Illinois/Wisconsin border about 13,500 years ago. Apparently, the retreating tongue of the glacier was between Crystal Lake and the Ill/WI border between 16,000 and 13,500 years ago. It took the tongue edge 2500 years to advance north a little, retreat back south a little, advance north a little more, etc until it finally crossed the border.

  20. Please ignore the previous comment. Here in our sunshine blog, we consider that too sciencish. Our King James Bible contradicts all that. Stay tuned…tic, tock, tic, tock, tic, tock…

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