Mercer Caverns

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Mercer Caverns are located one mile north of Murphys in Calaveras County California.[1] They are named after the gold prospector Walter J. Mercer who discovered the caves around 1885 and filed a claim.[2] They were later renamed as caverns. The caverns have a large number of speleothems, stalactites, and stalagmites. Under the limestone calcite are a range of aragonite minerals that are pure CaCO3.[3]

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  1. ^ Fife The Endless Adventure in the California Outback (2009), p. 191
  2. ^ Mercer Caverns (Near Murphys, on Sheep Ranch Road, Calaveras County) Discovered by a gold prospector in 1885, who found no gold but did find human bones (four adults,one child, and one infant). — Mary Hill, in Geology of the Sierra Nevada: Revised Edition (2006), p. 159
  3. ^ "Mercer Caverns". Retrieved 2007-03-28. 

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Coordinates: 38°09′05″N 120°28′42″W / 38.15139°N 120.47833°W / 38.15139; -120.47833