Skrevet av Emne: Mastodons in the Smokies? Tuckaleechee discovers gigantic creature's tooth  (Lest 252 ganger)

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" Tuckaleechee Caverns is proud of its cave, boasting among other things that it has the tallest subterranean waterfall in the eastern United States.

It's also got a tooth it's pleased to show off. A mastodon's tooth, to be specific.

On Tuesday, the Townsend attraction began displaying the tooth, discovered last year by guide Lauren Webb near a cavern stream.

"She was looking around in the creek for quartz and she said she saw this strange-looking piece of quartz,"  cave manager Benjamin Vananda said Tuesday.

"I picked it up, and I knew right away it wasn't a rock," said Webb."

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"When I try to imagine a faultless love
Or the life to come, what I hear is the murmur
Of underground streams, what I see is a limestone landscape."
W.H. Auden, "In Praise of Limestone"