“The Tar Pits have fascinated scientists and visitors for over a century, and today, this area is the only actively excavated Ice Age fossil site found in an urban location in the world! Over the last 50,000 years, Ice Age animals, plants, and insects were trapped in sticky asphalt, which preserved them for us to find today.

More than 100 excavations have been made at the Tar Pits since the early 1900s, and most of the fossils discovered here are housed in the museum at La Brea Tar Pits, at the center of the Tar Pits! The discoveries range in size from huge, extinct mammoths and sloths to “microfossils,” or tiny remains of plants and animals that give us clues about how ancient ecosystems and climates changed.” — tarpits.org 

拉布雷亞瀝青坑La Brea Tar Pits,或 Rancho La Brea Tar Pits)是位於美國加利福尼亞州洛杉磯漢考克公園附近的一組天然瀝青坑。因為其上常常覆蓋有樹葉、灰塵或水等遮蔽物,動物等很容易失足陷入其中,因而數世紀以來積累了大量的動物骨骸、化石。瀝青坑邊上有專門用來研究瀝青坑和展覽坑中發現的動物標本的喬治·C·佩奇博物館(George C. Page Museum)。

拉布雷亞瀝青坑不僅是加利福尼亞州歷史地標,也是美國國家自然地標。

Lake Pit

The iconic Lake Pit, located in front of the museum, is actually a pit left over from asphalt mining operations in the late 1800s. Rain and groundwater has collected above the bubbling asphalt, creating a small lake. The lake’s bubbles, sheet, and distinctive odor come from a deep underground oil field. Here you can see a recreation of a mammoth becoming trapped in “tar.”  

位於博物館前的標誌性的比特湖實際上是1800年代後期瀝青開採作業留下的一個坑。冒泡的瀝青上方聚集了雨水和地下水,形成了一個小湖。該湖的氣泡,表層和獨特的氣味來自深處的地下油田。在這裡,您可以看到龐然大物被困在“焦油”中的現象。

Enjoying Hancock Park

Hancock Park is nestled among the museum and the Tar Pits. It’s a fun community resource where boot camp participants meet and train, kids play next to super-sized Ice Age mammals, and Angelenos and tourists stroll and picnic. Walk through the paths that wind around active excavation sites, the iconic Lake Pit with its mammoth and mastodon models, the playground, and the Pleistocene Garden! 


漢考克公園坐落在博物館和焦油坑之間。這是一個有趣的社區資源,新兵訓練營的參與者會在這裡進行培訓,而孩子們可以在冰河世紀的大型哺乳動物旁邊玩耍,在安吉利諾斯島漫步和野餐。沿著蜿蜒的小徑,有Mammoth和乳齒像模型的標誌性的比特湖,當然還有孩子們喜歡的遊樂場和花園!

Location 地址: 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Phone電話: (213) 763-3499

 website 網址  https://tarpits.org                                                                                                                              reference: tarpits.org