"No one can say when the first record was made, but the story through all of the ages is indelibly carved in the rock by the feet and forms of the mummified dead that lie where 

they lived. Age after age, as the sea and the contended and the species struggled to live, 

the drama of the world was faithfully recorded. Sometimes, to be sure, the story is partly erased, sometimes it is lost beneath subsequent records, but at some place or other in 

Iowa a fragment of each act may be found. The surface of Iowa is a palimpsest of the 

ages."    --John E. Briggs, The Palimpsest, 1920

 

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