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Kennewick Coyote Canyon mammoth dig to be discussed

Geologist George Last will discuss the Coyote Canyon mammoth bone site near Kennewick at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Union Street branch of the Mid-Columbia Libraries.
Geologist George Last will discuss the Coyote Canyon mammoth bone site near Kennewick at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Union Street branch of the Mid-Columbia Libraries.

Geologist George Last will discuss the Coyote Canyon mammoth bone site near Kennewick as part of the Tri-Cities Community Lecture Series.

He will speak at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Union Street branch of the Mid-Columbia Libraries.

A dig underway there suggests the animal was swept to its death by an ice age flood 17,500 years ago with its carcass coming to rest on the shoreline of temporary Lake Lewis. Subsequent floods and wind-blown silt buried the skeletal remains and are yielding evidence of local climatic and ecological changes.

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