Saturday, April 10, 2010

Mammoth news

I always thought woolly mammoths went extinct ten, twenty thousand years ago. Then I read this article which says, among other things, that there were woolly mammoths still around in 1700 BC. Then I read further that the last of the species lived on Wrangel Island, in the Arctic Ocean off the coast of northeast Russia. Then I remember a fascinating book a friend made me read several years ago about a disastrous expedition to Wrangel, entitled The Ice Master: The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk. Then I remember I have other things I have to do besides think about woolly mammoths and Wrangel Island.

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