PHOTOS: Four New Natural Landmarks Named

PHOTOS: Four New Natural Landmarks Named
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Visitors gaze at reconstructions of massive mammoths and other late Pleistocene creatures at Big Bone Lick in Boone County, Kentucky. The ancient bone bed has been called the birthplace of vertebrate paleontology in North America.

This year the U.S. National Park Service added Big Bone Lick and three other sites across the country to its list of National Natural Landmarks.

"We have only had six new landmarks designated during the past 20 years, so this is exciting for us as well as for the owners and managers of these sites," program manager Margi Brooks told the NatGeo News Watch blog in an interview last month.

"The designation process is really quite rigorous and ensures that sites chosen are outstanding examples of the resources they represent."

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—Photograph courtesy Kentucky Department of Travel
 
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