Red Hill, Pennsylvania

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Red Hill is a borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, United States, and is primarily a lake shore lowlands suburban community northwest of Philadelphia in the Delaware River Valley watershed, as is the balance of its county. The population was 2,196 at the 2000 census.

It is part of the Upper Perkiomen School District.

It is also part of the strip of small towns that run together along Route 29; Red Hill, Pennsburg and East Greenville, colloquially known as 'Red Pennsville'.

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Geography

Red Hill is located at 40°22′35″N 75°29′4″W / 40.37639°N 75.48444°W / 40.37639; -75.48444 (40.376288, -75.484308)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.9 km²), all of it land.

The rock outcroppings, bluffs, cliffs and general geologic terrain near Red Hill are an area of active scientific research in Paleozoology, Paleobiology and geobiology — as the area was a sizable inland freshwater lake about 375 mya[2] containing the earliest known soil building ecology and forest in the world. According to the 2005 "The Evolution of Our World: New Frontiers" episode of the "Miracle Planet" series tracing current earth science researchers thinking on the development of our earth, the Geologic record at Red Hill[2] suggests the area contained the planets' earliest known forest[2] during the Devonian, consisting mainly of the species Archaeopteris[2]. The animal fossil record at Red Hill include important finds suggesting their respective early species were evolving features such as fins to stubby appendages — precursors to legs[2] — specialized for land and presupposing development of lung like organs[2], whilst the intermixed plant fossils show the area was likely a swampy shallows or mixed landscape containing shallows when the forest was prevalent[2]. A researcher[3] at the Academy of Natural Sciences theorized for the production that a apex predator tooth in the nearby beds from deeper waters suggests the migration of lung fish to land may have been to avoid predation by such threats — one of the armored fishes of the late Devonian period[2].

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