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Carboniferous period
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a geologic period that stretched from roughly 360 million years ago to 300 million years ago; named after the extensive coal seams ('carbon') deposited at the time; giant ferns, first reptiles
  • More like ferns unscrolling — something old, carboniferous, but at the same time newborn, fragrant, verdant.
    p. 105.9

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