“It’s the worm’s-eye view. You’re looking up at what the forest floor used to look like,” said Scott Elrick, the ISGS geologist who surveyed the find, in the Discover article. Elrick could not be reached in time for this story.
He said in his ISGS report that the opportunity to research the forest was one he savored: “When fossil plant researchers (paleobotanists) want to look at the ecology of an ancient forest, it is rather difficult to simply go walking through an ancient forest.”
Elrick surmised an earthquake dropped one side of the fault and caused flooding.
“Because the subsequent influx of sediment was not a catastrophic tsunami thing but more of a slow-motion event, all the small itty-bitty plants are in place,” he said in the Discover article.
Quan said workers were glad the attention is behind them.
“It was really more of an inconvenience,” he said.