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Hidden Gem N°10: La Brea Tar Pits

January 24, 2010

Mammoth at La Brea

French people often miss a true hidden gem in Los Angeles : La Brea Tar Pits. They are a geological treasure that you won’t see anywhere else. The Tar Pits consist in oil (black gold!!) seeped up from the ground. They are forming puddles and small lakes in the area.

Often recovered by water they use to attract prehistoric animals who wanted to drink, and then trap them… By this mechanism, the tar pits accumulated full skeletons of animals during thousands of years. Only for archeologists to find them now and create a very interesting museum.

The main interest of the place is that you can see the oil coming out of the ground, it’s very impressive!

The museum also retraces Los Angeles foundation and its links to oil rush.

In my opinion, the tar pits are as extraordinary as Grand Canyon or sequoia at Yosemite Park. Definitely a place to go with children!

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