Fossilized dinosaur tracks that spot a remote 80-kilometer make longer of Western Australia's seashore are below threat from a planned natural gas capability, say paleontologists. The tracks were complete by numerous species of sauropod, theropod and ornithopod dinosaurs as they walked transversely mud flats about 130 million years ago. The full amount of the tracks was only discovered in 1994, and they are yet to be carefully documented and mapped, due to their remote location. But seashore on which the tracks are originated might soon be cut in two by a gas capacity. The project, division of a map to commercialize offshore natural gas fields, would engage production of a port and an onshore liquefied natural gas production plant. An association including Shell, BP and Woodside Energy of Perth would run the ability at James Price Point in the northerly Kimberley area of Western Australia.
A few footpath at James Price Point would surely be misplaced be supposed to the scheme go in advance. Proponents of the system, together with the Western Australia state government, argue that these prints are not surrounded by the best examples in the area. Though, the bigger fear is that a much larger wrap of the tracks might be misplaced below not level sand, says Steve Salisbury, a paleontologist at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. Some of the most excellent prints are situated not far south of the point, several of them right on the beach, says Salisbury. A statement specially made by the state government, published in December last year, acknowledges that canal dredging and the construction of coastal protection structures such as groynes and breakwaters will concern the allotment of sand, and that the force on the dinosaur tracks is unpredictable.
According to Woodside Energy, the threat is negligible. "A coastal processes residue transfer study and hydrodynamic modeling have indicated with the aim of the development is possible to result in only slight and limited trouble," says a spokesman for Woodside. But that threat is still moreover big to obtain, says Salisbury. Some of the footpaths are more than 1.5 meters long, which makes these dinosaurs potentially the largest still to have, existed on the Earth. "To believe that these prints might be misplaced some time soon is disgraceful”. But the actual value of the site dishonesty in the pure number and variety of prints, he adds. "There's nowhere to rival it in that high opinion," says Salisbury. The marks might offer information not just on dinosaur locomotion, but moreover on behavior, such as whether the dinosaurs encouraged individually or in groups.