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St. Martins

The break up of Pangea and the opening of Atlantic Ocean is recorded in the Permian-Triassic deposits in Saint John, St. Martins, Quaco, and along the spectacular Fundy Trail Parkway. Coastal erosion of the sandstones has produced spectacular sea caves and flowerpot rocks. Poorly preserved tetrapod footprints and plants provide hints of a fossil record still to be explored. To date only a minor fossil record of trace fossils and rare plants have been reported.

The driving trail and hiking trail pass outcrops of the Quaco and Echo Cove formations that record the opening of the Atlantic Ocean. Trails overlooking Flower Pot Rock and to Melvin Beach provide views of the Permian-Triassic geology with examples of sedimentology and weathering.