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    Lusk Caverns
    Lusk Caves is a magnificent example of a marble cave and is located in the Philippe Lake area that includes an eight mile hike along easy trails with excellent interpretive signs along the route that usually takes about four hours roundtrip. The entrance is a gaping hole in the ground, and as you enter the darkness, the temperature drops quickly, with a small slow flowing stream located at the base, that has been digging the caverns from the earth for thousands of years. It was about 12,500 years ago when the caves would be formed, when the glacial waters created rivers as the ice melted, with the water trapped below thick sheets of ice, forcing the water to enter any cracks or crevices that it could. That water would begin eroding the soluble marble, and leave outcroppings of harder marble. After many years, the water would slow down, so that the erosion would be slowed, with a distinctive tunnel keyhole shaped to provide the evidence that this occurred over time many years ago. The upper part of the tunnel is wide, from the heavy waters that flowed through them, while the lower parts are narrow, that was caused by the slower moving waters. The cave system stretches onward for about 500 feet, with a maximum depth of 35 feet below the surface. There aren't any rock formations like stalagmites or stalactites since the caves are still young, but there are some calcium carbonate formations growing from the ceiling in some areas, which are the start of baby stalactites. There are numerous side tunnels that spread off from the main one, as well as climbing ledges and crevices to see if anything could be discovered, although it has been explored many times before.

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    Canadian Museum of NatureCanadian Museum of Nature Ottawa, Canada
    The Canadian Museum of Nature is the natural history museum located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with collections that were begun by the Geological Survey of Canada in 1856, and houses every aspect of the intersection of humans and nature that includes gardening to gene-splicing. The museum building is referred to as the Victoria Memorial Museum Building that had been constructed in former farm fields that were known as Appin Place, and was the estate of Scottish-born merchant, William Stewart. The area would become called Stewarton and the residential development would begin in the 1870s. The government bought the land in 1905, hoping to develop the site into an end piece to the stone building of the Canadian Parliament buildings that were located at the opposite end of Metcalfe Street, by Parliament Hill. The Senate had used the first floor mineral room that is now the Talisman Energy Fossil Gallery, and the Commons would used the amphitheater that is located on the third floor, where the salon is located now. The huge stone building is a prime example of early 20th century architecture in the city, and would be constructed for $1.25 million by architect David Ewart that would design numerous likewise structures around the city. To build this magnificent structure, the builders would have to import 300 skilled stone masons from Scotland, which might explain why the architectural style is often referred to as Scottish baronial. Later on, the presence of unstable Leda clay in the geology of the site, would necessitate a tall tower that had been sitting at the entrance to the museum to be brought down in 1915 because of settling and concern the site wouldn't be able to hold the weight. The instability of the site would cause some workers to stop their work because shifting in the foundations in the basement would shoot bricks and stones from the walls that would often hit the workers and seriously hurt some. The situation would decline in 1916, when a fire broke out and consume the majority of the Center Block on Parliament Hill, forcing the newly remodeled Victoria Museum Building to become the temporary home of the House of Commons from 1916 to 1919. It would become a National Historic Site of Canada in 1990.

May 3, 2011