|Topic: Mammoth Site, Hot Springs, South Dakota|
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
At this stop on your tour you will see the continuing scientific study of this extinct mammoth.
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