Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member plainsdrifter358
N 43° 25.370 W 103° 29.028
13T E 622732 N 4808887
Quick Description: Gigantic Mammoths, ancestors of the elephants of today, once roamed freely across the High Plains of North America.
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 12/6/2006 5:37:43 PM
Waymark Code: WM10W1
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
Views: 49

Long Description:
A repository of their remains, along with other prehistoric animals, lay undisturbed until their discovery over 26,000 years later, in June of 1974. Limestone deposits beneath the Earth's surface dissolved and the resulting sinkhole filled with 95 degree water that lured mammoths to drink or feed on vegetation. Once in the water they could not go up the slippery, steep incline. Death by starvation or drowning was the fate of most animals that came to the sinkhole. Along with the mammoth, remains of the giant short-faced bear, white-tailed prairie dog, fish and other associated fauna have also been found at this site. As centuries passed the sinkhole gradually filled. Rain, snow and wind deposited soil leaving a hill of buried skeletons. This hill remained undisturbed until 1974 when excavation for a housing project revealed bones and tusks of these huge animals. There is the The Mammoth Site Cache by Team Family Affair is at this same location. For more paleontology and geology information, a virtual tour of the museum, and links to other Black Hills Attractions, visit The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD.
Marker Name: Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, SD

Marker Type: Roadside

Marker Text: Not listed

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