This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Few persons are aware of the importance attached to the South Carolina fossils, especially those of Ashley river. These are now being worked largely, and the product exported for manures. Sea fowl in myriads have had something to do with the deposits. Besides the phosphatic nodules, the Ashley beds present a remarkable mixture of the remains of marine and terrestrial animals, consisting of bones, teeth, coprolites, shells, etc., derived from formations of various ages •, of remains of vertebrates, those of fishes and cetaceans prevail, especially of teeth of sharks, and the vertebrae of whales.
It is said, no doubt with truth, that shells are now exported from Florida to Chicago for the purpose of making roads, and we know it to be a fact that the products of the slaughter-houses at Chicago are brought to the Delaware for manure. Steam and railroads have produced wonders.