Study of Permian plant Pompeii in Wuda, Inner Mongolia, China

Wuda Mine shrouded by coal dust

Two scientists of the Institute, Jiří Bek and Jana Frojdová, participated in the research of flora of „Pompeii in Wuda“ in November 2017. Uncovering of the Permian tropical forest was made special by frosty temperatures of minus ten degrees Celsius during the excavations. The difficult weather conditions were rewarded by the discovery of various species of ferns, sphenopsids, primitive conifers and also rare genera of Pterophyllum and Tingia. These Permian plants were studied by our scientists in the depository of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Nanjing. Now, they are processed in detail at the Institute of Geology CAS.