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Return of Stalagmite

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Date: March 21, 2011

Return of a Stalagmite
Larry Grant Returns a Stalagmite to Superintendent Vicki Snitzler

On March 21, 2011, a small but important ceremony took place at Oregon Caves National Monument. Larry Grant of Hillsboro, Oregon, returned a stalagmite to Superintendent Vicki Snitzler.

Larry was given it by a relative of someone who had bought it at a flea market many years ago. He contacted the Caves' resources specialist who determined that the limestone pieces almost certainly came from the cave.

According to Snitzler, "we are most appreciative of those who volunteer to help protect and preserve our natural and cultural heritage. The Park Service manages lands owned by all Americans so as to keep them unimpaired for future generations. However, we cannot fully accomplish our mission without help from concerned citizens such as Larry. Other visitors to the Monument have been helpful by not touching cave formations while touring the cave. Likewise, the white gloves are to prevent staining by skin oils until the formations can be safely returned to the cave. There they can best be preserved and regain the beauty that comes from their surroundings."

Did You Know?


Computer bugs, slang for something gone wrong in a program, are actually named for a real insect. In 1947, technicians working for computer scientist Grace Hopper found a moth inside her computer. The trapped moth was making the machine malfunction. Once removed, they reported that the computer was “debugged”. They taped it onto her notes with a little joke that is now part of our everyday language.