How did fossils of sea animals in the mountains not get turned into lava when the mountains formed?

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  • 3 weeks ago

    Volcanic mountains are formed by pressure underneath ordinary land that forces the land up from it's original position into a volcanic mountain. Only If there are fossils in the way of the lava vent, will they be turned into lava as well. Otherwise, the volcanic mountain will still hold all of the fossils, but out of harms way.

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  • Bill-M
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    1 month ago

    Your assuming Mountains were formed by Volcanoes.  Not true.  Mountains were formed by Plate Movement.   Like the Sub Continent of India moving north and hitting the Continent of Asia, pushing the land up forming the Himalaya Mountains. Taking the Fossils with them as they moved up.  My Everest is still growing taller each Year as India keeps moving north.

    Some Mountains were formed by Volcanoes, but most by plate movement.

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  • 1 month ago

    Fossils usually are not found found in igneous rocks that were made from lava, Most fossils are found in sedimentary rocks or rocks that started as volcanic ash. How the sedimentary ricks became rocks can happen in different ways. Likewise, fossils usually are not found in metamorphic rocks that started as igneous rocks or lava. Yes, sometimes there are fossils in metamorphic ricks that were originally sedimentary rocks. . Mountains form in different ways. Plate tectonics is just one method. 

    Source(s): B.S. geology, B.S. physical geography, M.S. geology
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  • 1 month ago

    The mountain did not form from volcanic rock.  Go and look.  If you find fossils, it won't be volcanic rock.

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  • Tom S
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    1 month ago

    The sedimentary rock layers (with the fossils) just get pushed up/lifted.

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  • Retief
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    1 month ago

    Not all mountains are made of lava.

    Mountains that form when land masses collide (such as the Himalayas) are created by the land being pushed up. Like you pushing up some sand at the beach to make a mound.

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  • 1 month ago

    Not all mountains are the result of lava flow. Most are sedimentary rock that has been "folded" or ruptured in an un-thrust. Take Mt. Everest- it is claimed that the rock that makes up the peak of it is actually the same rock that forms part of Africa. That the tectonic plate of Africa slipped under parts of another continent and resurfaced at that location.

    Most mountains are not the result of volcanic action- most are the result of some fracturing of the earths crust and a shrinkage of the size of earth over the eons.

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  • 1 month ago

    You should look into how mountains are made. Most are made from 2 tectonic plates pushing against each other. One goes under the other goes above.

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  • 1 month ago

    For the same reason the rest of the rock the mountain is made of didn't.

    Most mountains aren't volcanos.

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