Bridget Borce has been chosen for a GeoCorps internship at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument this summer. She will be working on several museum projects and assisting in the preparation of a geologic trails map. This position is offered through the Geological Society of America’s GeoCorps America Program in partnership with the National Park Service’s Geoscientists-in-the-Parks Program and support from The Friends of the Florissant Fossil Beds. Bridget is one of two applicants selected each season.
The monument is located 35 miles west of Colorado Springs in a forested mountain valley at 8,000-9,000 feet elevation, near Pikes Peak. The Florissant Formation preserves an abundant flora and fauna of fossil plants and insects that were deposited in late Eocene (34 million-year-old) lake shales. The location is famous for the abundant and exceptionally preserved insect and plant fossils that are found in the mudstones and shales.