This realization came to me as I stood before several Ice Age animals at the Mammoth Site near Hot Springs, South Dakota. I would loved to have had more time at this location. But as I have said before, group tours are scheduled and you move when told as there usually is another group tour arriving behind you. If you have not already read the link provided, it is well worth your time.
|Husband & I In Front of Same Mammoth In Picture|
Above [Picture Taken For Feature in Area
Newspaper Called"Where In The World
Is the Baxter Bulletin?"
|Giant Short-Faced Bear Skeleton|
Some of these sites are more the prehistoric human, predecessors of an earlier generation of Native American than those occupying the land when America was settled.
The Mammoth site in South Dakota through a series of climate changes became what is known as a karst sinkhole, which was a steep hole, a watering hole or pond for thirsty animals. The huge mammoths would enter the water to quench their thirst, eat or bathe. But their bulk and weight prevented them from getting a foothold to climb out the steep banks. The animal would become exhausted from their many attempts and falling, until fatigue conquered and the animal drown.
The sinkhole became a mass grave for mammoths and other prehistoric beasts. and finally filling the karst with a wealth of prehistoric bones fauna and other natural wealth, well entombed and protected by silt and mud.
|Almost Complete Skeleton Imbedded Mammoth Site In Karst Sink Hole|
|Partially Exposed Skeleton in Mammoth Site Karst Sink Hole|
|Embedded Tusk - Mammoth Site Karst Sink Hole|
Mammoth Site has received many accolades, including 2009 Distinctive Destination by National Trust of Historic Preservation, AAA "Gem Attraction" and the Great American Road Trip-Black Hills-South Dakota.
|Overview Of About 50% of the Mammoth Site Work Area|
Enjoy the photos. Click and enlarge to see details you may not see in blog size.
This tour and Crazy Horse Museum I wished for much more time, but am blessed I was granted health and relative stability to make the trip and essentially complete the tour as well as the road trip to and from Rapid City South Dakota.
Below are two YouTube videos of Mammoth site in Hot Springs, South Dakota and Waco, TX.
YouTube - Mammoth Site SD
You Tube - Waco TX
Photos (except YouTube) made by NitWit1
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