Topic: Mammoth Site, Hot Springs, South Dakota
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Travel back to the time when Ice Age mammoth, camel, and giant short-faced bear roamed the Great Plains of South Dakota. Image a sudden collapse of a large karst sinkhole near what is now the southwest edge of Hot Springs, SD. At the bottom of this 60 foot deep hole a warm spring began to percolate up through the layers of limestone, creating a steeply-sided pond. Picture thirsty animals venturing down the slope to the water below...after they had drank or bathed, the animals were unable to gain a foothold and escape. The sinkhole was a deathtrap. Now imagine that gradually, over 700 years, the pond filled with silt, sediment, and trapped animals.

At this stop on your tour you will see the continuing scientific study of this extinct mammoth.
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