09 August 2010

The snail of Kennesaw Mountain

Last Saturday we visited Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park near Atlanta. That was a good opportunity to learn a bit about the history of the Civil War while enjoying the scenery.

During our almost 3-hour hike among the wooded hills, I also took the opportunity to carry out occasional cursory searches for snails and slugs. These attempts at finding mollusks were little more than simply looking at the forest floor for anything of interest. My half-hearted efforts yielded only one weathered Triodopsis shell.

I did discover 2 benchmarks of the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey. One was a triangulation station and the other was a reference mark. The USC&GS became the National Geodetic Survey in 1970. These benchmarks may date from before that date.

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