Mima Mounds http://kplu.org en More of the mysterious Mima Mounds slated for protection http://kplu.org/post/more-mysterious-mima-mounds-slated-protection <p>The Mima Mounds Natural Area, southwest of Olympia, may soon get bigger.</p><p>Not the tell-tale mounds themselves &ndash; the part of the the geologically unique landscape that&rsquo;s protected by the state. Right now, the Department of Natural Resources manages just over 600 acres of it. A private party is donating 100 more to the preserve.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jan 2012 23:32:07 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3906 at http://kplu.org More of the mysterious Mima Mounds slated for protection Mima Mounds continue to mystify scientists http://kplu.org/post/mima-mounds-continue-mystify-scientists <p>http://kpluwonders.org/sites/default/files/IWWFEATUREMimaMounds-FINAL.MP3</p><p>There&rsquo;s a large swath of native prairie southwest of Olympia that&rsquo;s very strange looking. So strange, in fact, that some have even said it was created by aliens.&nbsp;</p><p>What makes it strange are &ldquo;things&rdquo; called <a href="http://www.dnr.wa.gov/AboutDNR/ManagedLands/Pages/amp_na_mima.aspx">The Mima Mounds</a>.</p><p>We can tell you some things they are <em>not</em>, but we can&rsquo;t tell you what they <em>are</em>. In fact, people have been trying to figure them out for centuries.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s probably one of the most poorly understood phenomena in earth science,&rdquo; says Paul Butler, professor emeritus of Earth Science at the Evergreen State College.</p><p><strong><a href="http://kpluwonders.org/content/mima-mounds-continue-mystify-scientists">Read more on I Wonder Why ... ?</a></strong></p><p> Fri, 13 Jan 2012 12:30:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 3678 at http://kplu.org Mima Mounds continue to mystify scientists