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Geologic Column: Proposing a new U.S. Holiday: Explorers' Day

October has two holidays that celebrate two individuals both heralded as the discoverers of the New World: Christopher Columbus and Leif Erikson. Perhaps it’s time for something new. 14 Oct 2016
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