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La Brea Tar Pits

Famous cluster of tar pits around Los Angeles

The La Brea Tar Pits are located in Hancock Park in Los Angeles California and are a city wide attraction that lure thousands of people each year to the area. Within the park is also the George C. Page Museum which is dedicated to researching the tar pits and displaying the historic specimens excavated from the pits. There are several pools throughout the park which can be viewed by the public.

The tar has been seeping through the crust of the earth along the 6th Street Fault from the Salt Lake Oil Fields, located north of the park, for thousands of years. Thousand of years ago water would collect on the surface of the pits and animals would attempt to drink from the pooled water becoming stuck and eventually submerged in the tar. The bones of the animals were well preserved by the tar and are now excavated by the George C. Page Museum.

Museum tourists can see specimens dated as far back as 38,000 years while viewing the pits and current excavation sights throughout the park. The George C. Page Museum is located at 5801 Wiltshire Boulevard and open 9:30 am to 5:00 pm daily and admission is $2.00 to $7.00.

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