Skip to main content

Questions tagged [asphalt-lakes]

Asphalt lakes are tar pits that form when a type of petroleum called bitumen is forced from underground up to the Earth's surface. Usually occurring along fault lines, the bitumen pools at the surface and the lighter elements vaporize, leaving a pool of natural asphalt.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
5 votes
1 answer

Could the LA County Museum of Art fall into the LaBrea Tar pit during an earthquake?

LACMA (the Los Angeles County Museum of Art) is built right next to the famous La Brea Tar Pits and that keeps me up at night†. Question: What is the subsurface structure like adjacent to the Lake ...
uhoh's user avatar
  • 7,092
1 vote
1 answer

Have fossils ever been found in the asphalt lakes of Trinidad and Venezuela?

La Brea tar pits in California are the result of ancient oil seepages and famous for the fossils of extinct animals which were trapped in the tar. The asphalt lakes in Trinidad and Venezuela are also ...
Michael Walsby's user avatar