Lake community of diatoms and animal life by Karen Carr

Shown: Diatoms found in Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, including Aulacoseira, Frustulia, Achnanthidium, Synedra and Fragilaria.
Geologic period: Eocene


Lake community of diatoms and animal life

Ancient Lake Florissant was formed when two or more stratovolcanoes sent ash and lahar flowing across the mountain valley that is now home to the Florissant Fossil Bed National Monument.

The lake, lahar flows and ash falls created an outstanding environment for preserving evidence of the animals, insects and plants found in this valley. The National Monument provides an unparalleled look into this vanished landscape and the Eocene plant and animal inhabitants that were preserved.

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Client information:

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
P.O. Box 185
Florissant, CO 80816
(719) 748-3253

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Karen has delivered recent presentations for these institutions and groups:

  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Guild of Natural Science Illustrators at the College of William & Mary and at Montana State University
  • New Mexico Highlands University
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • University of North Texas
  • Dallas Paleontological Society


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Originally trained in the classical techniques of illustration and painting, Karen frequently speaks on the transition to a digital world, and on the challenges and benefits this transition poses for artists, clients and viewers. She conducts professional seminars on painting, illustration and digital image creation, and also offers specific programs tailored to the needs of professional groups or classroom instructors.

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