Rock Type: Gray shale
Interval: 5-Block seam
Age: Middle Pennsylvanian Period, approx. 303 million years.
Collected April 1997.
This specimen shows new alethopteris fronds sprouting directly from the main stalk. A layer of coal 1/32" thick is visible on the left side.
Location: Wayne County, West Virginia; Rollem Fork Surface Mine #2, located about 8.5 miles west of Atenville, West Virginia. Take Route 68 west for 3 miles, turn left on Route 68 / 1 (Francis Creek Road) and drive approximately 6 miles. Just before Frances Creek empties into Kiah Creek a dirt road branches off to the right up a small hill. Site is 1 mile up this dirt road on the right.